STSZ stands for 'Suruga Take Sensuji Zaiku' which is unique and traditional bamboo craft technique in Japan with around 200 years history. Suruga region is around 180km west of Tokyo and located at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
The most characteristic point of STSZ is round bamboo sticks to be used as raw material though almost all bamboo crafts in Asia are made of flat sticks.
Now, 12 artisan groups in Suruga are making full use of supple but robust nature bamboo sticks to provide customers with detailed artistic crafts.
Because natural material bamboo is, change of beauty, serenity, distinctive texture and glossy color across the ages could be fun.
History of STSZ
2000 years ago or before (Yayoi period)
Suruga region has rich and high quality bamboo forests historically. Toro ruins in the region proved the origin of bamboo crafts such as baskets and sieves started at least 2000 years ago.
In 1600-1868 (Edo period)
Suruga region became popular for high quality bamboo crafts. Woven hat and insect cages were representative souvenirs among feudal lords traveling between Kyoto and Tokyo.
Unique and distinctive bamboo craft technique now available as 'Suruga Take Sensuji Zaiku' launched by Ichiga Suganuma. In other words, history of Round Stick Bamboo as a raw material started.
Crafts were introduced and came into spotlight at international exhibition held in Vienna.
It was officially designated as a "traditional craft of Japan" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
STSZ craft was presented to their Majesties the King Felipe VI and the Queen Letiziathe of Spain when they visited Shizuoka city.
Ornament "Insect cage" was selected as a commemorative gift for IOC members, heads of state and national officials who came for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games.