The last successor to be inherited for 1,000 years from the Heian period
Tadao Masada, the founder of Tenmei casting, the legitimate successor to the Masada family, and the last successor.
In recent years, we have been developing daily necessities in order to let many people know the joy of having the real thing.
We are aiming for manufacturing.
|Country of origin||Tochigi Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||Tenmyo Metal Casting|
|Size||W3.93" * D3.93" * H35.43"(W10.0*D10.0*H90.0cm)|
|Delivery Time||3-4 weeks after ordering|
Bringing the original fun and beauty of metal to everyday life
- Tenmyo Metal Casting
- Tadao Shoda
The Masada family walks along with the history for more than 1000 years
It can be said that the Masada family has a history of walking with Tenmei castings.
Tenmei Casting needed an armor maker due to the turbulence of Taira no Masakado in 939, and from Kawachi no Kuni (currently Osaka) Hidesato Fujiwara It is said that casters (imoji) were gathered to run castings in Sano by the order of (descendants of).
One of the first five casters gathered has an ancestor of the Masada family who calls himself "Masada".
The heyday of Tenmei casting is said to be in the middle of the Edo period, with more than 70 workshops and more than 1000 craftsmen, making it a representative industry in Sano.
However, there are now only 4 workshops left.
I will continue to challenge new designs and techniques to convey the charm of castings in the future, while preserving the tradition of Tenmei castings that has been passed down from my ancestors to the present.
The charm of "silver" that has been pursued for over 30 years
We are particular about traditional "baking casting" which is the same manufacturing technique as national treasures such as the statue of Buddha born at Todaiji Temple.
Mold casting is a casting technique in which a mold is made, fired at 800 degrees or higher, and hot water is poured while the mold is still hot.
In recent years, the manufacturing process has become complicated.
It is a technique that is said to have only a few successors.
As a companion to Tenmei Casting, which has been handed down as continuous cotton, we strive every day to deliver the best work so that you can know the charm of casting as much as possible.
Oborogin We have been pursuing the silver color derived from the material Oborogin for over 30 years.
Really wonderful castings are said to be "heavy to look at and light to hold".
Oborogin has a solid and profound feeling, unlike simply glittering silver, and its expression differs depending on the viewing angle.
With a ratio of 3 copper to 1 silver, it is possible to express this profound silver color, but it took a daunting amount of time to produce the color and texture that I pursued.
I can only do a work that I am satisfied with once every few years, but Oborogin has a charm that I want to explore for a lifetime.
For several years, I have been searching for something that can be used daily, such as plates and sake sets made of tin, in order to let more people know the charm of Tenmei casting.
Tin sake sets are said to have a mysterious power that changes the taste of drinks just by pouring them.
In addition, it has a better sterilizing effect than other metals, and it does not break even if dropped, making it a material that is loved as an eco-friendly tableware.
Each plate and sake set is hand-applied, so no one is the same.
I hope you can feel the warmth created by people even though it is made of metal.
Bringing the joy of being genuine to everyday life
Daily necessities such as kitchen knives, iron kettles, and lacquer ware, which have been used for a long time in Japan, are being re-evaluated all over the world.
On the contrary, what the Japanese do not agree with has not been evaluated in the world.
But now, in Japan, disposable daily necessities are overflowing, and I feel that the joy and splendor of having the real thing is diminishing.
Metal vessels have been used for many years and can be wiped with a cloth to change their color.
The color change enhances the charm of the dish and gives it a deeper accent when you look at it.
And it's more than just a plate on which you can put food.
I hope that you will enjoy the properties of metals by incorporating those made of metals into your life.
Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award for Traditional Crafts Japan Gold Works Exhibition
Received the Tochigi Prefecture Cultural Encouragement Award
Received the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition Encouragement Award
Sano Renaissance Metalcasting Exhibition Excellence Award Award
Sano Renaissance Metalcasting Exhibition Encouragement Award
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.