JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
Kansai > Kansai Others
After the siege and final fall of Miki castle toward the end of the Momoyama period (1573-1600), carpenters from various parts were drawn here to rebuild the town. Along with them came many smiths to forge the tools they needed and forging developed as a craft here.
By the end of the Edo period (1600-1868) large quantities of forged blades for such things as saws, chisels and planes were being made here, and it is still one of the country's prominent centers for the production of bladed tools, the saws and chisels in particular being the envy of the world.