Tsubamesanjo in Niigata Prefecture is known for its advanced and diverse metal processing techniques, its roots tracing back to the manufacture of Japanese nails during the Edo Period. There is a famous story that even the company Apple was smitten with the quality of Tsubamesanjo's polishing techniques. Aside from occupying 90% of Japan's metal tableware market share, products from Tsubamesanjo have also been acclaimed overseas, having graced the tables of Nobel Prize banquets.
Designated as a national traditional craft, Yamanaka lacquerware traces its history back to more than 400 years. As a rule, lacquerware is made by several craftsmen, from the woodworker who grinds the wood, to the lacquer craftsman who applies the lacquer and themakieartisan who decorates the finished product.
From the time it was first exported, Nabeshima ware has been popular not only in Japan, but also among European aristocrats. With its sophisticated Japanese design resulting from skillful production techniques and its prestige as a gift, Nabeshima ware is renowned around the world; and it is still recognized for its high antique value.
Along with a secret forging agent, steel is placed on ground iron and heated in a furnace at 1200 degrees Celsius. *Heating steel in high heat on the verge of melting is called “wakashi” in welding terminology and “Tsumiwakashi” refers to the process of smoothing Tamahagane, roundish steel pieces, into a single piece with a uniform surface. #japaneseknife
Products created without compromise, through the skills of expert craftsmen. It's very hard to dye wood using natural indigo dye, but we've achieved this through years of experience and the pursuit of techniques every single day. Painting the wood is all done by hand, and we make subtle adjustments that cannot be done by a machine depending on the weather, temperature, and the condition of the wood. #indigo #tableware #craft #madeinjapan #indigodye