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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Iwate

Nambu Tekki

Nambu Cast Ironwork

Metalworking product

The beginning of 17th century, it does by opening that southern part feudal clan which ruled area around current Morioka-shi, Iwate invited teakettle craftsman to Morioka from Kyoto.

Present-day Morioka is at the center of an area which was controlled by the Nambu clan at the beginning of the 17th century. It was then that craftsmen practiced in the art of making chagama or pots used to heat water for the tea ceremony were invited to Morioka from Kyoto. Many more casters were subsequently engaged by the clan and the production of weapons, chagama , and other pots began in earnest.

Yamagata

Yamagata Imono

Yamagata Metal Casting

Metalworking product

Yoriyoshi Minamotono fought in one place after another in this district to settle revolt that happened in middle part of the Heian era in Yamagata region.

In the middle of the Heian period (794-1185), Minamoto Yoriyoshi fought a number of battles in the Yamagata area in an effort to quell various uprisings. The metal casters, who were part and parcel of the army and operations, discovered that the quality of the sand in the river flowing through Yamagata city and the earth in present-day Chitose park were ideal for casting. Some of those casters settled in the area and became the founders of Yamagata metal casting.

Tokyo

Tokyo Ginki

Tokyo Silversmithery

Metalworking product

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and it was beginning of "Tokyo Ginki" that silverware craftsman called silversmith (we do and do Gane) and decoration craftsman called Rev. metalworking to make comb, ornamental hairpin, God interest (mikoshi portable shrine) metal fittings appeared as creator of cloth for instrument which profiler engraved.

This craft began during the 18th century with the emergence of three kinds of skilled workers of precious metals. First there was the shirogane-shi, who fashioned articles that were then skillfully chased by masters of this technique; and then there were skilled metal workers who made such things as combs, hairpins (kanzashi) and the decorative metal fittings for the portable shrines or mikoshi.

Tokyo

Tokyo antimony industrial art object

Tokyo Antimony Craft

Metalworking product

It was casting product which assumed antimony which was alloy of lead, antimony, tin raw materials, and technique established Tokyo antimony as local industry of Tokyo early in the Meiji era. We make use of delicate design and sculpture, and accessories, prize cup, ornament are made.

Tokyo Antimony is a cast metal craft that uses an alloy made from lead, antimony, and tin. This craft was established in Tokyo as a local industry in the early Meiji period (1868 - 1912). The detailed patterns and engravings are used for decorations, trophies, ornaments, and more.

Niigata

Tsubame Tsuiki Doki

Tsubame Beaten Copperware

Metalworking product

It is said that copper utensil business of swallow district began from place where jackleg of Sendai conveyed the technique in the middle of Edo era. Using copper produced from local Yahiko mountain, kettles were produced.

Beaten copper work really began in the Tsubame area during the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) when specialists from Sendai in present-day Miyagi prefecture come to the area and passed on their skills. Kettles were some of the first articles made using copper from a locally mined source.

Niigata

Echigo Yoita Uchihamono

Echigo Yoita Forged Blades

Metalworking product

For the age of civil strife, vassal of Kenshin Uesugi invites craftsman than Kasugayama made with sword in the latter half of the 16th century, and what made dajimbutsu does by opening.

The making of Echigo Yoita Uchihamono dates back to the Sengoku period (1428-1573) of unrest. It was then that warring feudal lords who fought alongside Uesugi Kenshin encouraged swordsmiths from Kasugayama into the area and these skilled men began making various kinds of forged blades.

Niigata

Echigo Sanjo Uchihamono

Echigo Sanjo Uchi Hamono

Metalworking product

As tool necessary for agriculture, it produced "sickle" "hoes" from the Middle Ages, and, after the "sum nail" which began as side business of farmhouse of off-season making of, "kitchen knife" "plane" "chisel" "pruning shears" "beginning to talk knife" "masakari" came to make various kinds of dajimbutsu.

Production of essential farm implements such as sickles and hoes have been in production since the middle ages. Creation of Japanese nails began as a side job for farmers in the off season, and this evolved into the creation of many types of blades including kitchen knives, planes for carving wood, chisels, pruning shears, utility knives, axes, and more types of blades.

Nagano

Shinshu Uchihamono

Shinshu Forged Blades

Metalworking product

At the time of Kawanakajima battle happened in the late 16th century, it is said to be opening that we go back and forth in this district, and people of village learned technique of Kaji from craftsman of the making of knife which we repaired of arms, swords.

The origins of forged blades in this area go back to the second half of the 16th century, to the time of the Kawanakajima battles. It was at this time that swordsmiths and others making and repairing weapons moved into the area and the local people learned forging skills.

Toyama

Takaoka Doki

Takaoka Bronze Casting

Metalworking product

Takaoka Doki begins in Kaga Maeda feudal clan inviting seven floggers with technique of Tannan, Kawachi that is the birthplace of casting at the beginning of the Edo era, and having established foundry.

Takaoka Doki dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when the Maeda clan in Kaga invited seven highly skilled metal casters from a long established metal casting area to come and work at a newly opened workshop.

Fukui

Echizen Uchihamono

Echizen Forged Blades

Metalworking product

When craftsman made with sword of Kyoto came over to this ground for land appropriate for sword production, around the beginning of Muromachi period, maridattato is said to be having made sickle for farmer nearby at the beginning.

When a swordsmith from Kyoto came to this area in search of raw materials at the beginning of the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it seems they made some sickles of the local farmers and this marked the beginning of forging in the area. During the Edo period (1600-1868) with patronage from the Fukui clan, blades made in Echizen were sold all over the country.

Osaka

Sakai Uchihamono

Sakai Forged Blades

Metalworking product

Gun, cigarette were transmitted by middle part, Portuguese of the 16th century. Because "cigarette kitchen knife" which ticked away tobacco leaves came to be made in Sakai in the latter half of the 16th century, and Tokugawa shogunate government gave Sakai seal of quality proof called "hallmark" and admitted monopoly, the sharpness and fame of Sakai knife opened to whole country each place.

Guns and tobacco were introduced into Japan in the middle of the 16th century by the Portuguese. By the end of that century, small tobacco knives were being forged in Sakai and the Tokugawa Shogunate awarded the forgers of Sakai a special seal of approval and guarantee of their quality.

Osaka

Osaka Naniwa Suzuki

Osaka Naniwa Pewter Ware

Metalworking product

What tin caliber was informed by Japan is said to be thing due to hand of envoy to the Sui Dynasty now approximately 1,300 years ago.

Pewter ware was first introduced to Japan some 1,300 years ago by envoys from China. Later during the early part of the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the Zen monk Eisai visited Sung dynasty China and returned with a maker of tea urns. His skills with pewter are said to mark the real beginning of this craft in Japan. It was not until the 18th century, however, that a production center was established in Osaka.