Kishu HerazaoKishu Herazao

Kishu Herazao is fishing rod for spatula crusian carp made with high technology of master of pole.
The production technique is established in Osaka-shi in the Meiji 10s and we root in Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama where production center of high angelica (tin bamboo) which is raw materials is near and continue up to the present day afterwards. There was spatula crusian carp fishing boom from the early days of the Showa era, too, and the making of spatula pole settled, and we have been loved by afterward many anglers.

Kishu Herazao are fishing rods for catching crucian carp created by master rod craftsmen.
The production method was established in Osaka in the 1880s, and afterwards production was moved closer to the production area of the raw material used, sasamorpha borealis bamboo, and it became established there in Hashimoto City, Wakayama where it continues to the present day. In the 1920s and 30s, Japan experienced a crucian carp fishing boom, and herazao fishing rods became established, and they remain loved by fishermen today.

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Industrial art object name Kishu Herazao
Phonetic symbol kisyuherazao
Classification of industrial art object Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
Main product It is fishing rod for the purpose of spatula crusian carp fishing mainly
Main production area Wakayama / Hashimoto-shi, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
The designation date March 8, 2013

Contact information

■local production associations

Pole association made in Kishu
220-4, Shimizu, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama
TEL: 0736-32-8150

■Associated exhibit space, facility


"Regular patch" does 3-5 bamboo like law (approximately 90cm) and it is conically-shaped and sharpens end of a rod and does with the tip, and handle is big like grip, and produced condition and harmony of polite decoration of balance are characteristics.

Three to five lengths of bamboo each approximately 90 cm long are connected together using the namitsugi technique, where progressively smaller pieces are inserted into the end of the previous one.
The end of the rod tapers to a point, and the handle is fat like a grip, making a well-balanced, attractive rod.

How to make

Process of Kishu Herazao,
①Drying of original bamboo
②We make dough
③Field firing
⑤It is crowded and sharpens
⑥Silk thread roll
⑩We sharpen the tip
⑪Trunk lacquering (trunk wiping)

We greatly distribute this and there are 12 processes, and both are production as manual labor and Master usually same pole is alone and performs these work.

The steps for making a Kishu Herazao rod are as follows.
1. Drying the raw bamboo
2. Selecting the pieces
3. Firing
4. Removing the insides
5. Carving
6. Winding silk threads
7. Applying lacquer
8. Fitting the pieces together
9. Grip
10. Carving the tip
11. Applying lacquer to the body (wiping the body)
12. Finishing

There are 12 main steps. Each step is done by hand, and normally this entire process is completed by a single craftsman.

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