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Cool Japan / Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう))

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(Left: Mr. TAMAGAWA Motoyuki (the 7th generation and the head of the GYOKUSENDO family)
Right: KRUG's TSUIKI Bottle Cooler Size: W142×D146×H248mm Bottom: W114×D114mm Weight: 790g)

Introduce one of arts and crafts of Japan by Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう)) in Nigata Prefecture, Japan. And quote herewith Gyokusendo's HP information as follows. And please visit and check Gyokusendo's HP, the address of which is as follows;http://web.gyokusendo.com/node/52?language=en

The color of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares will gradually become mellow with increasing depth and gloss by rubbing them with a dry cloth with using them in everyday life. GYOKUSENDO's craftmen not only manufacture a copperware but also make a piece of raw copper as if it were a breathing or living object. You may feel the excellence of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI hand-hammered copper-wares. We hope our "TSUIKI" copper-wares to enrich you by their beautiful textures and quality and we hope our TSUIKI copper-wares will become a warm-hearted brige between generation to generation, from grand father and grand mother to, father and mother and to children.
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(Manufacturing process by GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares )

Tsubame city is one of the world's leading cities of cutlery and metal manufacturing industry. The roots of  its metal manufacturing industry was originated to manufacture "Wa Kugi" (Japanese metal spikes/nails/sprigs) in the beginning of the Edo era (in the beginning of 1600). In the late Edo era (end of 1700), Toshichi, a contractual metal craftsman came from Sendai city to Tsubame city and he brought and introduced the TSUIKI (Hand-hammered metal craft) method and TAMAGAGAWA Kakubei, the founder of GYOKUSENDO, was one of the craftsmen who successfully mastered it. Behind the history, tradition and development of TSUIKI method in Tsubame city, there were notable advantages that the fine quality copper were mined in Mt. Yahiko which is close to Tsubame city, thus materials for copper-ware were easily obtained at Tsubame city.
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(Manufacturing process by GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares )

GYOKUSENDO initially started manufacturing daily use copper-wares such as pans, iron pots and kettles, etc. And it gradually added art and design elements to its TSUIKI copper-wares.
In 1873, GYOKUSENDO participated the Vienna World Exposition which was the first world exposition Japan officially participated.
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(Manufacturing process by GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares )

Since then, GYOKUSENDO has been participated approximately thirty international and domestic Japan expositions before the World War II. In 1894, GYOKUSENDO dedicated a TSUIKI flower vase to celebrate the twenty-fifth marriage anniversary for His Imperial Majesty Mutsuhito, Emperor of Japan (a.k.a. Emperor Meiji or Mutsuhito the Great).
Since then, GYOKUSENDO has been dedicating its TSUIKI products to the Imperial family of Japan for their auspicious occasion and events.
GYOKUSENDO has been awarded "Intangible Cultural Properties" by Niigata prefecture and by the Cultural Agency of Japan, "National Traditional Crafts of Japan" by the Ministry of Economy/Trade/Industry of Japan. GYOKUSENDO has been, is and will keep developing and supporting TSUIKI history and tradition which is now the only and the last existing industrial tradition of the hand-hammered metal craft in the world.

Please visit http://web.gyokusendo.com/node/858?language=en

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By TS on Feb 21, 2012
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