The only craftsman in Maki town
Mr. Hasegawa Hatsuei, who was the owner of the Hasegawa kimono shop, restored Taiguruma. Many of his Taigurumas began to appear at the Maki festival every June starting in 1981.
Taiguruma appears in a graduation show
Noguchi began studying Taiguruma and decided to make one as a graduation work. He heard a Maki town officer talking about Taiguruma and discovered that Mr. Hasegawa had passed away several years ago. He went to visit Mr. Hasegawa's wife to report about his study and gather materials. Noguchi felt there was a kind of fateful link between the Hasegawa and him because the day he decided to visit was the anniversary of Mr. Hasegawa's death.
The first Taiguruma class
Winning a competition
The Taiguruma revival project won the “Wakuwaku town daisakusen”competition sponsored by Mos Burger. Mos Burger supported Taiguruma activities for a year.
Won an award
The Taiguruma revival project won a Shinkosho award, which is the Tiffany Foundation Prize for promotion of traditional Japanese culture. More information can be found at the following link: http://jcie.or.jp/civilnet/philanprograms/tiffany/index.html
“Tai no yoi”–the pageant of Taiguruma
This is an event to introduce Taiguruma to people and enjoy viewing the illuminated Taigurumas. This event has been held every September since 2011. The Higashiura street and the former Nakayoshikawa soy sauce warehouse are decorated with many Taigurumas.
Noguchi's first contact with Taiguruma
The Taiguruma Revival Project was started
Noguchi made 10 Taigurumas for the Maki festival in 2004. It had been such a long time since the unique Taigurumas appeared in the festival. Townspeople looked pleased with the restored Taiguruma. Noguchi met Mr. Tsuchida Masumi, who was in charge of a public relations magazine, while he was researching the method of crafting Taiguruma. In order to keep the Taiguruma tradition alive, both Noguchi and Tsuchida established the “Taiguruma revival project.”
The workshop goes to elementary schools
With an increase of popularity, the Taiguruma workshops also began finding their way into elementary schools. They have been held every year. As time passes, more and more younger generations are learning the history of Taiguruma and can experience building one.
Omotesando class started in Harajuku
“Tai no kura”–the warehouse of Taiguruma
Beams begins to sell Taiguruma