Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Sashimono

Edo Sashimono Photo

No nails. No problem for Edo.
Sashimono (wood joinery) signifies furniture and other wooden joinery items assembled without nails, using specially processed wood joints and combined boards. Edo Sashimono was developed in the 17th through 19th centuries in line with economic and cultural development. The technique was introduced in cabinetwork for Samurai families and wealthy merchants, and it developed as Rien Sashimono (cabinetwork, including a greenroom dresser, for Kabuki actors), then spread into the public marketplace. Edo Sashimono features the grainy texture of natural materials, such as mulberry and paulownia wood, and uses only minimal metal fittings. This cabinetwork is simply designed with no frills, giving it lasting value, and it is still popular to this day, notwithstanding the diversity of lifestyles, thanks to the fruits of skills polished in tailor-made production. Responding to various size and application demands, craftsmen tailor-make products that preserve Edo Sashimono’s fineness and appeal. Behind the high-level skills involved in identifying bending and degradation of the wood brought about by humidity changes, stand the craftsmen’s dedication to eliminating any flaws, even in unseen places and their determination that their products will serve faithfully for decades. Finally, Edo Sashimono will have depth as years go by. This is a special kind of craft that will develop over decades with careful use.
Edo Sashimono Cooperative Association
Address: c/o Toda-sashimono, 9-17, Negishi 5-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo