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内田敏郎 Tosirou Utida Toshiro Uchida

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Toshiro Uchida is a silver craftsman from Tokyo and was born in 1925 in Daito-ku, Tokyo.

Silver is highly valued because of its beautiful surface and other unique qualities. Now, 90% of silverware in Japan is produced in Tokyo.

Tokyo silverware is tasteful and bright and is made using techniques developed in the Edo period, such as hammering and fine engraving. One technique is known as 'kiribame': a design is cut out of the silver and another metal, like copper, is soldered into the space.

Toshiro learned hammering from his father, Uzaburo, in 1946, and kiribame from Tomoe Ogawa. Toshiro is particularly good at kiribame.

In 1984, Toshiro was designated as a Tokyo Silverware Traditional Craftsman by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In 1988, he was also designated as a Tokyo Traditional Craftsman. In the same year, he was awarded a prize and designated as a Tokyo Excellent Artist.
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上田耕造 Ueda Kouzou Kozo Ueda

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Kozo Ueda is a Tokyo silverware craftsman who was born in 1939 in Daito-ku, Tokyo. He was awarded a medal of honor by the government. In 1954, he began making silverware under the instruction of his father, Shinjiro.
   His wonderful silver dishes show a unique Japanese delicacy, combined with a Western durability and utility. The sincerity and beauty of his works ensures that they are often passed down from generation to generation.
   He says: 'My mission is to continue to suggest to Japanese people that there is a genuine and mature silverware culture. Silverware should become family treasure if it is used for 50 or 100 years, and I'd llike to see its value strengthened with age and use.’
   In 1984, he became a director of the Tokyo Gold and Silverware Industry Association and then administrative director.
   In 1990, he was designated a Traditional Craftsman by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
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京都 金属工芸品 Kyoto Kinzokukougeihin Kyoto Metal Crafts

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Metalworking involves techniques such as casting, hammering and carving on materials such as gold, silver, copper, iron and brass. Working with metal began in Kyoto and has been practiced as a craft for 1200 years since the Heian period.

With the growth of Buddhism, more temples came to be built, each one with Buddhist images. This contributed to the advancement of metalwork techniques.

When Kyoto became the capital city in the Heian period, metalwork craftsmen moved to Kyoto from Nara. They produced metal arms, money, and large-scale castings.

From that time, the sophisticated aesthetics and culture of Kyoto nourished the craft, which increasingly came to focus on beauty and elaborate design. Metalwork ranges from necessities, like pans, to ritual articles, like chimes, as well as hand-made accessories. Nowadays a variety of crafts are designed and manufactured.
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