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お江戸の凧屋さん Oedo-no-takoyasan Edo Kite Craft Workers

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In the past, one would see many children playing with kites during their winter vacation and Shogatsu, the new year celebration.  Now, the winter element seems to have been forgotten. A recent revival of trends from the mid Showa period around the 1960’s, are causing some adults to playts to play again with kites.Edo Kite Craft Workers is an expert group specializing in Edo Kites; they compose kites carefully using traditional knowledge and technique.

'Edo-kite' is a traditional kite in Tokyo and began in the Edo period and generally it refers to a rectangular shaped kite, with long 'buzz' on the top and long strings. The pictures on the kites vary and include those from Samurai and Kabuki to cool Edo letters including with beard decorations. In addition, they have started composing cool shape 'Yakko-kite' imitating Yakko, a servant of Samurai family.

'Edo-kite' is a Japanese cultural artifact inherited from the Edo period and is a valuable living artifact of the Edo period.
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前沢碁盤店 Maezawa-gobanten 

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The Maezawa Go-Board Shop was established close to 130 years ago, and is one of the oldest shops in Japan to specialize in go and shogi boards. The shop first opened its doors to customers in the early Meiji period. The founder was a craftsman from the Edo period, and it is recalled even to this day that his unrelenting intensity and rigour when carving go and shogi boards was tremendous. The current shopkeeper Michio Maezawa is the fourth generation. The distinguished craftsmanship that the shop has been famous for sees no signs of abating even now in the Heisei period, and proves that the skills passed down from great grandfather, grandfather and father, have been rightly inherited. As it always has been, the craftsman completes every single piece of work by hand, investing many hours and much of his soul. The material for the board comes from Japanese kaya, which is strictly hand picked by the craftsman himself. The kaya is stored for over 10 years and even then only  the one most right for crafting is chosen by the master. The intense selection that the boards go through means only the finest of quality is offered. The go-board that is currently used during the Fukasogi Ceremony of the Imperial Palace is one that had been presented by the Maezawa Go-Board Shop during the 39th year of the Showa period.
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