Exhibition Outline

Tetsunosuke Miyano (1901–96), a second-generation nokogiri-kaji—or sawsmith—from Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture, was one of the few sawsmiths who was capable of making saws using tama-hagane. Tama-hagane is a refined steel smelted from the Japanese method of manufacturing steel using a tatara, a traditional furnace. In the Edo period, all steel used was tama-hagane—however, with imported steel becoming more widespread, it gradually disappeared after the Meiji era. Despite this, Tetsunosuke, who was born into a family of sawsmiths, continued making saws using tama-hagane even after the war. Here, the craftsmanship of effortlessly manipulating the steel is revealed, built on the foundations of a tōshō, or swordsmith’s, skills. In this exhibition, we introduce this craftsmanship alongside numerous works.

2020 October 10 (Sat) ~ December 13 (Sun)
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum 1F Hall
※For the time being, the opening hours have been changed as follows,
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (admission ends at 11:30 a.m.)
13:00 p.m. – 16:00 p.m. (admission ends at 15:30 a.m.)
Mondays (The following day when Monday falls on a national holiday)
Adults¥500, Students(College/University, High School)¥300, Students(Elementary, Junior High School):Free, Seniors (65 and over)¥200(Including permanent exhibition fee)
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum