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.
Painting materials are limited to only a few restricted types, and the techniques used to achieve the various colors and shades using these materials are secrets closely protected by artisans of the craft.
Traditional calligraphy brush techniques, paintbrush techniques, shading methods and other such skills and approaches are utilized to produce these hanging scrolls.
Sano Ningyo Association
96, Kubocho, Sano-shi, Tochigi, 327-0845