Yonezawa fabric was first developed by Uesugi Yozan 9th lord of the Yonezawa clan, while it had been begun about 400 years ago. The material was gradually established to be silk, which had originally been ramie. It is now known nationwide as Yonezawa fabric of the Dewa district.
The folk craft has been handed down in the Sasano district in Yonezawa city for twelve centuries. Primitive objects chiseled with cutting knife called Sarukiri and simply colored are excellent gift for housewarming or wedding as well as perfect souvenir.
Seizaemon Atsutada Sagara, the retainer of Yozan Uesugi, originally crafted dolls as his avocation. The heartwarming dolls reflect the popular culture in the late Edo period and has been handed down since then.
Yonezawayaki was originally generated from the beauty of “Narushimayaki”, which is an ancient craft of Yonezawa, and developed into more sophisticated artcraft with the essence of Hagiyaki, Karatsuyaki and Aganoyaki.
Yonezawa boasts of the largest “wooden spinning tops” production in Japan. Not only spinning tops, nostalgic wooden toys are made in the district.