The basic methods for crafting these objects were brought to Tochigi when master artisans from all parts of Japan gathered to help build Nikko's Toshogu Shrine and left behind techniques for creating seasonal decorative objects and implements. Later, these techniques branched off into Sano- ishokibina (Sano costumed dolls) techniques and Sano Sekku-kakejiku (Sano seasonal-festival hanging scrolls) techniques.
As a general rule, clothing, layering of colors, and other elements are traditional types passed down through oral tradition from past eras. Production methods are based on those inherited from previous generations, as are the techniques used.
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