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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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東椎屋の滝 Higashishiiya-no-taki The Higashi-Shiiya Waterfall

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This is a fine waterfall that is said to be one of Usa City’s three fine waterfalls or sometimes called “Kyushu-Kegon.” It is also selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Waterfalls. The place was believed to be a holy place by the people who worshipped Kannon. The water furiously dropping straight down the concave cliff looks very dynamic. Splashed water spread all over surrounding green leaves, supplying abundant negative ions. The abrupt cliff behind the waterfall has a height of 85 m, which shows dynamic rock surface composed of Shin-Yaba-typed lava. The clear stream flowing out of the waterfall basin run gently through the valley, a part of nationally designated Scenic Spot of Yabakei. Affuluent nature in each season including fresh greenery making contrast to the clear water of the spring or the red coloring of the leaves in the fall will all win the hearts and minds of visitors.
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三段滝 Sandandaki Three-step waterfall, Sandandaki Fall

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The Sandandaki Fall has three water pockets where the sandstone rocks have been eroded into an irregular staircase pattern. The waterfall occurs along the course of the Ashibetsu River, which flows from Mt. Ashibetsu, in the town of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido.
The area is known as the Sandandaki Fall Park.
The waterfall  is one of the great sites  in Ashibetsu; it is in a deep and grand forest, and when the river is running high, you can see water splashing out.
It is said that, at the beginning of the Showa period, a mass of salmons jumped up  and swam over this three-step waterfall.
In fall, the leaves of the trees around turn red to complete a great natural canvas.
In spring, meltwater runs into the waterfall and the water flows full; you will be overwhelmed by its power.
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観音の滝 Kannon-no-taki Kannon Waterfall

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The Kannon Waterfall is one of the four waterfalls (others are the Shiraginu Waterfall, the Sagiri Waterfall, and the Hakuryu Waterfall) located in Higashi-Matsuura County, Saga Pref. Each of the waterfalls is worth seeing, showing different features from one another. Among them the Kannon Waterfall, located in the uppermost stream of the river is the most magnificent in water volume and height. You can stand at the end of the walking trail reaching just close to the base and look up the dynamic falling of the water. The roaring sound of the falling water also has an overwhelming impact. Surrounded by affluent green, this beautiful abundant water never runs out. This waterfall is one of the Japan’s 100 Fine Waterfalls.
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越前焼 Echizen-yaki Echizen ware

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One of the typical products of Fukui Pref., Echizen ware is known for its
natural surface texture and sound simplicity. This naturalness depends on
spontaneous effect of the firewood ash melting into a ware during the firing
process without glazing. The history dates back to the end of the Heian
period, some 850 years ago, when the first kiln was built on the hillside of
Ozohara (ex-Miyazaki Village), Echizen-machi, Fukui Pref.. The kilns in this
area had long been anonymous, however, after World War II, pottery studiers
including Fujio Koyama called Echizen as one of Japan’s six old kilns,
which made Echizen ware known nationwide. Echizen kilns, maintaining its
tradition of unglazing high-firing technique, have been making various
everyday articles, each of which is not gorgeous but deep-rooted in people’s
daily life. In 1985, Echizen potters effort resulted in the assignation of
the nationally recognized Traditional Craft Product.
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益子焼 Mashiko-yaki Mashiko Ware

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Folk-art of Mashiko ware is characterized by its warmth unique to earthenware that you feel when you hold one in your hand. Mashiko ware began in the late Edo period, when Keizaburo Otsuka, a potter studied at Kasama pottery town opened his own kiln in Mashiko Town, Tochigi Pref.. Since then its high quality clay proximity to Tokyo the town developed as a producing place of everyday articles such as pots or water jars. It was not until 1930, however, that Mashiko gained national fame, when a studio potter Shoji Hamada was designated a Living National Treasure. Hamada gave a great influence on local potters and they began to produce artistic ceramic works as well. At present there are 380 kilns and 50 pottery shops in the town. Fascinated by “beautility” and warmth of Mashiko style daily articles such as tea cups or plates, a lot of potters have now come to live in this town for friendly competition.
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竜頭の滝 Ryuuzu-no-taki The Ryuzu Fall

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The Ryuzu Fall is one of the finest three waterfalls of Oku-Nikko, parallel to this are the Yutaki Fall from Lake Yuno-ko and the Kegon Fall from Lake Chuzenji. The Yukawa River, which flows out of Lake Yuno-ko into Lake Chuzenji, rapidly runs down through the surface of melted rocks produced by the eruption of Mt. Nantai and forms this beautiful waterfall. As the flow is divided in two near the foot of the fall and it looks like a dragon’s head, the waterfall is called “Ryuzu (the head of a dragon).” The water dynamically flows on the long step-like lava and gracefully dives into the bottom. You can enjoy azalea in spring and autumnal leaves in fall. In winter, when everything is covered with snow, you will also experience the mystery of nature, the frozen waterfall, before which you may feel as if time has stopped.
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