Research into itinerant trade (in Japanese botefuri), and its place in community design
As part of my research from 2000 to 2001 into the design of kitchen utensils, I investigated the itinerant trades, for example fish peddling, and how they relate to the total design of living.
I will discuss itinerant trade, which continues today as only a shadow of an important commercial reality from the Edo Era, with roots that extend back into antiquity. This trade is still an important part of local economies, a part of local community communication systems, and is one of the Japanese traditional events which continues today, even though it can be seen only in limited areas.
I will suggest that itinerant trade can have a place in modern Japanese culture, and is one way that traditional Japanese culture can be integrated into overall community designs and the total design of living.