Edo WazaoEdo Fishing Rods

Edo Wazao has begun to be made with jointed fishing rod made using natural bamboo in Edo in the middle of Edo era. Late in the Edo era, we reached level to be able to call arts and crafts, and today's Edo Wazao was completed.
Crystal of study that met request to fishing rod of people living in Edo that is blessed with the Edo-style sea and beautiful rivers, and fully had sense of fun is Edo Wazao.

Edo Wazao have always been made from natural culms (stems) of bamboo and were first made in Edo (Tokyo) in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). By the end of this era, they had taken on their present-day form and can truly be called works of art. With the sea on their doorstep and some beautiful rivers, too, these rods were a crystallization of research into the needs of those who lived in Edo and loved to fish.

Practical in the extreme, each one is designed to fish a particular kind of fish under particular circumstances. Besides this everyone has their own likes and dislikes which can also be accommodated. Having made a rod to satisfy all these conditions, it is beautifully finished with a coat of natural lacquer.

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    skills and techniques

    Drying is thing by naturally drying.

    You do "field firing", and "you train and "train" using tree", and perform o.

    "Patch" is thing with "regular patch" or "pillbox patch". In this case, repeat that you do water grind when you apply purified lacquer after "we fix, and mouth" wound up silk thread.

    The tip is thing by "cut ear" or "scion" "Hotei ear".

    Finish grinds lacquer wiper using purified lacquer.

    Raw materials

    It be said that bamboo to use has materials which are equal to Phyllostachys bambusoides, arrow bamboo, black bamboo, daimyochiku or common Japanese bamboo or these.

    Assume lacquer natural lacquer.

  • Work scenery

    From beginning to cut of bamboo to painter (master) work, master of pole performs all processes by oneself. Friendship pole produced by the careful handwork has minute beauty as industrial art object at the same time to be like functional practical use.

    Process 1: We do sarashi (leave)

    Bamboo which becomes materials more than ten kinds including arrow bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides black bamboo kouyachiku circle Processed Aconite Root common Japanese bamboo. We peel original bamboo sheath which we gathered from clump of bamboo and we pull oil and we dry by the sun for approximately three months and expose.

    Process 2: Sword-fight music

    We think about what kind of pole master of pole makes by kind or how to catch fish. We put, and kind, full length, patch mouth of bamboo decides dimensions, condition and chooses bamboo every one patch and we cut and put together. "Sword-fight music" is scene where underlying process, expertise that model of pole is decided on are required.

    Process 3: It is field firing - shitakyo (ta)―

    We classify fire into bamboo which we finished of sword-fight music. We wipe off oil which oozed out from bamboo with cloth and we train and correct curve with tree through fire enough until the surface becomes light brown. There is property to add to toughness when we heat up to bamboo and what we draw most effectively "trains" it and is no work.

    Process 4: Winding bottom, spool

    We fix "winding bottom", and we fix and sharpen part, the surface of knob including and file, and mouth is process to fix the groundwork to wind up thread. We fix and paint mouth with lacquer. We fix silk thread which we put on the right and roll up in mouth while turning bamboo with the left hand if this is over. Work of "it is pole" (we come) which next fixes winding irregularity, and suppresses fuzz dachio of thread. After having painted with glia (glue), we are full of and have tree and catch pole in the right and put on the knee and we turn and push with the left hand from the top and tighten. And made spool; fix, and do lacquered undercoating in mouth.

    Process 5: Patch

    Representative technique called "ordinary patch" and "pillbox (pillbox) patch" is on "patch". As core (pillbox core) is necessary, we fix and fix arrow bamboo appropriate to diameter of mouth and are crowded and can enter part and inherit and, in the case of pillbox patch, give. In the case of ordinary patch, work to fix, and to make the groundwork including every one patch performs "cut including" using knife. Scene where we fix, and * (we leave) is to oral region by persimmon soup stock in Takenouchi region, but it is said with thing the touch and experience of the hand because internal state is invisible. We fix, and mouth and thing that we inherit that to fix, and part including just absorbs and arrives are demanded. When we swung pole if patch is bad, I hear a sound, but we say this with "gata" and are done with shame of Master pole.

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    Process 6: Base surface for lacquering

    Generic name "base surface for lacquering" means careful work that we finish before finishing painting the whole with lacquer. Put stopper in the hole of pole buttocks; there are "faucet (snake complaint) charge accounts" to the tip of the tip "is stopper?".

    Process 7: We correct average

    We perform kyo meno work every one patch and after having patched together, we train the whole pole again and adjust.

    Process 8: Lacquering

    Lacquer filters through Washi Paper and removes impurities. We keep the room clean not to put up dust, and we fix, and we fix and paint part of part, faucet including with lacquer, and mouth colors. It is highlight where this process shows creation and aesthetic sense only by individual craftsmen.

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    Process 9: Wipe; lacquer

    We plaster thoroughly while putting lacquer on finger, and turning pole and we wipe with cloth and give (there is technique not to wipe with painting) and repeat this - - procedure to dry in room (muro) several times. Fantastic idea using palm for as a substitute for brush or writing brush is seen only in Edo Wazao; big; the feature becomes.

    Process 10: Finish

    To pole which coating ended in, we make a fine adjustment. We perform "oil including" to fix, and to include, and to work out, and to touch oil, and to wipe off of every one patch after "we are depressed and dredge" which "we put up and train", and "rubbing" did check that nado is elaborate. We attach guide and reel sheet to pole for fishing at sea by silk thread and we paint with lacquer and finish. If we wipe with tender cloth and give the whole, it is completion of Edo Wazao.


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    Smart angler, fishing gear of appendix slaver. Edo Wazao

    In the Edo-style rich sea, Edo Wazao was born to enjoy fishing in mountains and clear stream of Nobe. It which is handcrafted boasts of fineness, beauty that are incomparable with rod using working chemical material of mass production one by one. We visited pole teacher who succeeded reputation of expert in downtown area along the Sumida River.


    As for the Edo Wazao, it is symbolized the richness of the Edo-style sea and river

    In the public, bus fishing and fly fishing derived from Europe and America seem to be prosperous. Chemical thing which mass production such as glass fiber and carbon fiver hears most as for the material of rod (pole) used for them. If it faces each other and says pole in Japan, there is originally by bamboo without what. Because vertical fiber goes to bamboo, there is not wide blurring when we caught fish. The touch is peculiar to bamboo not to be able to taste in new material. But, it is not only it. Friendship pole which we made processing on using lacquer and silk thread is beyond limit of simple daily necessity and overflows in aesthetic sense even if we see as industrial art object.
    Because fishing has been performed in the whole land of Japan, there is production center of pole in each place. Signature product is different, and it does not have Kyoto pole, Kishu pole, Shonai pole, Gujo pole, neither pole. It is many overwhelming kinds that Edo Wazao makes a clear distinction from them. Goby pole, beach pole, sand borer pole, shelf pole, sweet fish pole, funa pole……. It did not cure taking either and symbolized the richness of the Edo-style sea and river at the time of Edo Wazao origin.

    All tools which are used for the making of pole

    "Your father was master of great pole", and the words are a chance

    Arakawa-ku visited shodaikanchu which was high in honor of expert, 4 daimokukanchu, Kisaburo Nakane (they serve as Edo Wazao cooperative association director) equal to the great-grandchild in Minami-Senju. We get off willie train (Toden-Arawaka Line) which only level remains straight in Tokyo in Minowabashi. While walking cityscape full of appeal of downtown area leisurely, to Nakane's house. Dried bamboo is piled up on the door so that there is not place to stand. Style of reciting that Nakane making sitting cross-legged in the depths of shop, appearance, pakipaki did is Edoite itself.
    The third son of 3 daimokukanchu, Otokichi Nakane that Kisaburo had high honor of expert as much as the first generation. Because it was decided on transmission from father to son only for the eldest son in kanchu, Kisaburo was taught nothing by father. But, family suffers from Tokyo blitzkrieg. Only Kisaburo and younger sister (Kayoko Ebina) were left. Because father, Sanyutei Kinba teacher who it was familiar visitor of father who pitied brothers, and was fishing companion introduced visitor of favor (favor) of father to Kisaburo, the life greatly moved.
    When "your father can never have great so good pole in his hand, anyone can show pole which father made. While we see and hear sonnakonnao, oneself come to want to make pole so badly, too"

    Kisaburo Nakane. In the days of "the first generation, there seemed to be bamboo which was good for crowd of Ueno. But we must go to district to recruit now"

    Basics of manufacturing like it, and do not stand

    It is become pupil boarding with his teacher at 19 years old by master of pole. We rounded head when we could not train ourselves with superficial feeling. We have done bamboo washing in canal so that the body was cut while it was cold. Still, anyway, than hard feeling to be hard feeling to want to become the making of excellent pole which wanted to learn work beat. We promised the succession to a person's name to house, heart until we became able to make pole worth signboard of kanchu.
    "Anyway, the beginning improved its skill while imitating work of the first generation and father. While we passed through 30 years old, 40 years old, 50 years old, 60 years old, year, we came to have viewpoint for the age. On seeing pole of the same parent, own viewpoint changes. It comes to show only depth"
    In that way we came to accept creation that only oneself could gradually do.
    "Being unbearable, and being fond of basics of crafting making it. No, then anything is not made"

    Nakane does not have successor. But, we make pole to leave as well as ordered items in history

    Happiness to obtain one, oneself notamedakeno product in the world

    A lot of visitors impressed deeply with ability of Kisaburo contain order from the whole country. When we accept an order, it is said that we ask when he/she comes because only once is enough. This is because it hears story slowly and carefully face to face what kind of preference the person has what you want to catch where. When as much as it is difficult order, we are worthwhile.
    "We continue making as far as there is customer whom we like my pole and are partial to. Fishing rod is toy of adult. It is practical and is not good and must be pole which is beautiful visually, and is pleasant"
    One, own happiness - - which obtains special dish only for oneself made in total to like only in the world. It will be Edo Wazao, what and plaything of deluxe adult.

    • Crusian carp pole. As for the proverb that fishing begins in crusian carp and ends in crusian carp

    • Even the same crusian carp pole changes hue and lacquering by preference of orderer

    Craftsman profile

    Kisaburo Nakane

    It was born in 1932.
    We enter way of master of pole at 19-year-old time and, in 51, give "bamboo shoot" independently in 56. In 74, we assume Master's name of "kanchu" as a successor for the fourth generation.


    We come across fantastic special dish

    Edo Wazao having begun to be made Edo around the Kyoho (1716-36) year. Both quality and quantity lengthened drastically afterwards since first generation, Taichi-ya spring farming founded shop of Master pole a year (1781-88) in dawn. It is father of Master Edo pole to arrive at this person by all means if we follow the cause of pole teacher playing an active part now.
    Time changed to Meiji, and master of pole called expert was born. It is spring farming, shodaikanchu, shodaikanchi for the third generation. Here, let's introduce special dish which is said to be fantastic fishing tackle which master of legendary pole, shodaikanchu made. Carrying fishing tackle complete set such as the acme of the best that all put cigarette from pole to small tools necessary for fishing, and was gathered up to style. As for the pole, ivory is used for two, core of pillbox patch of shaku two patch and shaku 5 sun three patch, and box is made of mulberry materials. Of course pole does not have confusion even a little.

    • Cultural assets of fishing tackle irreplaceable as for two poles



Industrial art object name Edo Wazao
Phonetic symbol edowazao
Classification of industrial art object Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
Main product Fishing rod
Main production area Tokyo / Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Saitama / Kawaguchi-shi others, Chiba / Ichikawa-shi others, Tokyo / Chiyoda-ku others, Kanagawa / Yokohama-shi
The designation date May 20, 1991

Contact information

■local production associations

Edo Wazao association
5-11-14, Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3803-1893
FAX: 03-3803-1893

■Associated exhibit space, facility


Usability is different, and there is liking by person by place where Edo Wazao costs kind and change of fish to catch with daily necessity. We make beautiful lacquering on thing which met these conditions.

Edo Wazao is a practical tool, and differ by the fish it used for, the place it is used, and the preferences of its fishermen. After being designed for these varied conditions, they are then beautifully lacquered.

How to make

Materials are Japanese natural bamboo, and hoteitake, black bamboo, arrow bamboo, common Japanese bamboo are used mainly. The quality of pole is fixed in materials. We are particular about bamboo of materials so as that producer harvests bamboo by oneself and picks only several bamboo from several thousand. We use after polishing thing which we let bamboo idle for several years and dried. Because Edo Wazao is jointed fishing rod, only the number of the patches prepares bamboo becoming raw materials. We think about which bamboo you use when and prepare. Process is patch, spool, coating kyo (ta).

Edo fishing rods are made of Japan’s natural bamboo, primarily the Hoteitake, Hachiku, Yadake and Madake varieties. The materials used decide the final quality of the rod. The selection of bamboo is so important that craftsmen cut the bamboo themselves, and from thousands of cut bamboo stems, choose only a few to turn into rods. After being tried for several years, the bamboo stems are polished for use. As Edo Wazao is jointed, only the exact number of bamboo stems needed for all the joints are prepared. The stems are then up according careful consideration of which joint they will be used for in the rod. The stems are then lined up straight, jointed, bound together and finally lacquered to produce the rod.

Voice from production center

After use, you wipe moisture, and please dry in the shade in good place of ventilation. Please give me storage on place where direct rays of the sun and air-conditioning are not. We return to original condition if we use for several years if we send on adjustment of producer.

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