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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts /[ Sabae’s Eyeglass Frames]

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Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. This time she goes to Sabae, in Fukui prefecture, known as Japan’s top-producing area for eyeglasses. She visited a very uncommon craftsman who makes nearly all of the parts by hand.

I’ve always liked eyeglasses, and I’d always heard about Sabae, the “eyeglass town”. I wanted to find out how they’re made there, but never had the chance, and hoped to look further into it.

Some 95% of the eyeglasses made in Japan come from Sabae, where manufacturing was first established around 1905. The craft was said to have been passed along by artisans from Osaka as a side business for Sabae’s farmers during the off-season, and it soon took root as an industry there. It’s winterish work, suitable for a snowy region. Mr. Tamio Ido is making metal frames in the tradition of that antique inherited method.

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