Aichi [Writing Tools] TOYOHASHI Fude (Brushes)

Categories
Art / Traditional crafts
Area
Tokai Aichi
Shops
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
Update date
2020-11-26

Toyohashi is located in an area once ruled by the Yoshida clan. Toward the end of the 18th century, the leader of the clan invited Suzuki Jinzaemon to come from Kyoto to make brushes for the clan. Over time, lower-ranking samurai began making brushes and this marked the true beginnings of the craft in Toyohashi.
Toward the end of the 19th century, Haga Jirokichi developed a coreless brush called a suihitsu, which is still being produced today. He was also instrumental in giving the craft a firm base in the area by establishing a scheme for training apprentices.

As a general writing brush, the market for Toyohashi brushes has been greatly affected by competition from cheaper brushes made in China. Consequently, a concerted effort is being made to produce brushes of the highest quality that appeal to the Japanese user in order to survive in a very competitive market. Today, various types of brushes, including those for calligraphy and painting, are diligently produced using traditional methods and techniques.

TOYOHASHI Fude (Brushes) (details page)

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