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[Seiryugama's Mug and Shallow Bowl have been added]

Hirashimizu ware flourished during the Bunka period (1804-1818) in Hirashimizu, a district that locates in the south-west area of Yamagata City and at the southern foot of Mount Chitose, a mountain entirely covered with pine trees.

Seiryugama (Seiryu Kiln), pottery that follows the tradition established by the founder of Hirashimizu ware, Jizaemon Niwa, was opened during the early years of the Meiji era. Porcelain making at Seiryugama inherits the tradition by manually molding the local soils utilizing potter's wheel, while it successfully adapts to the times as well.

Nashiseiji, which was developed in 1945, received the Grand Prix at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958. Seiryugama subsequently created "Zansetsu," and the white glaze that portrayed the thawing mountain has now become a synonym for Seiryugama.

Seiryugama's Mug
https://www.shokunin.com/en/seiryu/mug.html
Seiryugama's Shallow Bowl
https://www.shokunin.com/en/seiryu/hachi.html

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[Saiori (Reweaving)]

Mr. Yasusuke Maeda of Koyaguchi, Wakayama Prefecture, wanted to somehow reproduce the beautiful textile, and after much trial and error, he devised a machine from scratch to create a unique Japanese reweaving.

From around 1877 to the beginning of the Showa era (1926-1989), he exported rewoven tablecloths and curtains overseas, which were very popular. About 30 years later, in 1983, they combined traditional and new techniques to once again develop rewoven fabrics, and over the next several years, they completed the rewoven fabrics we see today.

To weave Saiori, velvety fluffed chenille yarn is used for the weft and cotton yarn is used for the warp. When making this chenille yarn, a weave with a coarser warp density is woven, then the warp is cut lengthwise one by one, and the resulting fluffed yarn is twisted to create a fluffy, caterpillar-like yarn. This process of weaving is called reweaving because the weaving process is done twice. Made of 100% cotton, rewoven scarves are very gentle on the skin and have no backing. Also, the thick fabric keeps the wearer warm in winter without losing body heat, while the cotton makes it easy to wear in spring and fall.

Saiori scarves have a handmade warmth and go well with kimono outfits. In Ginza, you can easily buy antique kimonos at the Ooedo Antique Market or at events held in the Okuno Building. I also enjoy finding beautiful kimonos and using them as haori or resizing and remaking them. Since we are in a country with a kimono culture, I would like to wear a kimono over my regular clothes when I go out and eventually be able to wear a kimono as my regular clothes.

Rewoven scarves can be washed many times in a washing machine and still have the same thick, soft feel. Please feel the warmth and warmth of this precious textile, which can only be produced a few meters a day even in modern times.

Origin's Saiori Scarf
https://www.shokunin.com/en/origin/scarf.html

References
http://www.so-bien.com/kimono/用語/再織.html
http://www.nogami-pile.com/product3.html

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[The Purveyor to Yokohama Chinatown]

Yamada Kogyosho woks are used by about 80% of the restaurants in Yokohama Chinatown. It is not so troublesome once you get used to the process of emptying the wok to burn off the rust-preventing varnish at the beginning of use, periodically oiling it, washing it in hot water with a scrubbing brush or scorpion immediately after use, and drying it over a fire. If you can hang it in a well-ventilated place, there is no need to dry it at the end.

The effective method of seasoning is to cool the whole pan on a cold wet cloth after the oil is heated and starts to smoke. Teflon frying pans are easy and good, but we often meet customers in our showroom who are looking for a frying pan that can be used for a long time.

Yamada Kogyosho is the only manufacturer in Japan that manufactures iron pans in uchidashi-style, a process of forming a single iron sheet by beating it 5,000 times. The hammered process increases the density of the iron material, which improves heat transfer and oil transfer, and fills in minute irregularities, making the surface smooth and non-stick.

It is a versatile pot that can be used for frying, baking, simmering, deep-frying, and everything in between. Iron pans are also a good source of iron. If you are looking for a frying pan, please take a look.

Yamada Kogyosho's Uchidashi Katatenabe
https://www.shokunin.com/en/yamada/
Takada Kozo Shoten's Scrubbing Brush
https://www.shokunin.com/en/kozo/tawashi.html

Reference
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/中華鍋