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Characteristics of technique or skill in traditional craft workers in Japan

The present research aims to clarify the work processes and biomechanical characteristics related to the techniques and skills of Japanese traditional craft workers, and through electromyograms and motion analysis, considers the differences in motion and muscles used at work by top-notch and beginning crafts workers involved in “Kyoto confectioneries”, “Knife sharpening” and “Mud wall plastering”. The results were that the work of top-notch craft workers in “Kyoto confectioneries” and “Knife sharpening” was highly reproducible and rhythmical. Moreover, the top-notch craft workers in “Mud wall plastering” worked with better posture and less physical burden than beginners. The characteristics of these techniques and skills may relate to the raising of quality in Japanese traditional crafts.