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Tosa Uchihamono

Tosa Forged Blades

Metalworking product

It is written down in long sect me part District Public Prosecutor's Office book who performed total land surveying of Tosa alone in 1590 (Tensho 18) that there were 399 blacksmith'ses. The full-scale prosperity of Tosa Uchihamono begins with Genna reform (1621) by initial Tosa feudal clan in the Edo era.

Records show that at the end of the 16th century there were some 400 smiths at work in Tosa. While they were skilled in the making of the samurai sword, they also seem to have made sickles and knives at the request of local farmers. Subsequently, with the promotion of forestry and the development of new fields in the area, bladed tools for agriculture and forestry were made in large quantities and a production center for forged goods came into being.

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Tosa Washi

Tosa Paper

Washi Paper

The name of Tosa Washi appears in "Engi era ceremony" (engishiki) written in the Heian era as presentation product.

Various kinds of paper for calligraphy, paper crafts, art papers and specialist papers to be used in the home are made under a name, which is mentioned in connection with paper presented to the court in an official Heian period (794-1185) document, the Engishiki. This has led people to believe that Tosa was already a center for the production of paper during this period.