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信州そば切包丁 黒打ち仕上げ Shinsyu-sobakiriboucyou Kurouchi-shiage Shinshu Soba Knife Kurouchi-shiage

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If you have a taste for the buckwheat noodle “soba” from Japan and you like it so much that you find dining on it at a restaurant occasionally does not satisfy you, then it could be time for you to start making your own soba at home. The alluring smell of freshly made soba, its texture and taste are true bliss and it can be experienced whenever you desire by making your own soba. Essential to the preparation of soba, you will need to use a professional broad knife especially made for cutting soba by a master craftsman. The soba knife with Kuroda-shiage (black finish) is made by sharpening only the blade leaving the upper part with its original black color.  It uses Yasuki Hagane White Steel, premium silver high carbon steel, which is suitable for cutting noodles into thin slices. It weighs 650g so pressing down on the dough to cut it into noodles is easy. The price is not too high but they are professional quality. It is always a good item to have in your kitchen.
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南川行男 Yukio Minamikawa Yukio Minamikawa

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Yukio Minamikawa is an Edo Oshie Hagoita craftsman, and was born in 1929 in Sumida-ku, Tokyo.

In 1945, Minamikawa became involved in the production of 'hagoita' (battledores) under the instruction of his father. After that, he began making not only hagoita, but decorative items for himself to be shown at annual fairs held in May and March.

Every year, Minamikawa makes hagoita with a portrait of the symbolic person of each period. He makes hagoita for the Asakusa Hagoita Fair, held from 17th to 19th December, as well as dolls for May and March seasonal festivals.

He says: 'For the customers who are looking forward to my work, I will continue to make joyful hagoitas.'

Minamikawa is a director of the Tokyo Tori-no-Ichi Hagoita Association, a deputy director of the Tokyo Hina-doll Industry Association, and a president of Ayame-kai. In 1997, he was designated as a Tokyo Traditional Craftsman of Katsushika-ku.
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東尋坊 Toujinbou Tojinbo 

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Tojinbo is coastal area with spectacular scenery, most well known for its soaring cliff face. The harsh vertical rocks forming the cliff seem to be the result of a clash of strength between the sea god and the mountain god. Geologists deduce a volcano erupted about 1 million years ago and flowing magma formed pentagonal and hexagonal shaped pillar like crevices. The continually pounding waves of the Sea of Japan then carved the rock surface and, over time, produced cliffs towering as high as 25m. This astonishing scenery that continues for about 1km is geographically extremely valuable and has been designated as a National Scenic area and Monument. Tojinbo was named after a priest from Hiraizumi temple in Okuetsu, Fukui pref., who is said to have done many evil deeds throughout his life and, after a small dispute with another man, was thrown to his death from the cliff. When fierce winds and ferocious waves crash against the cliff, the soul of Tojinbo may also be heard howling.
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