THE TOKYO MEIKO KAGAMI
Tokyo Living Masters List
|by Tokyo Metropolitan Government in December 1879
Edited and translated by Shingo Yamaguchi
|The "Tokyo Meiko Kagami (Tokyo Living Masters List)" is historic
material published by the YURINDO Company (Minami-denma-Cho, Tokyo) after
investigation and editing by the Industry Promotion Division of the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government in December 1879. The Masters of each crafts fields,
living in Tokyo in early stages of Meiji era, were recorded in a 477 page
More than fifty Netsuke-shi (Netsuke carver) were recorded mainly in the section of "Ivory and Horn Carver". Since the bibliography of the Ueda's famous "Netsuke no Kenkyu (Study of Netsuke)" did not include this book and the facts which are not mentioned in the "Netsuke no Kenkyu" appeared in the Tokyo Meiko Kagami, Mr. Ueda probably was not aware of this material....
The government officials probably went and met them in person to accomplish the research because it was a matter which could not be known unless the officials checked with the Masters directly about their past careers. As these records represent only reliable facts on their real life, I hope this will now join as a root source and assist the lines of Netsuke-related research and study in the world....
The FACTS Mr.Ueda wasn't aware of...
Index of covered Nestuke carvers Index
Sample page 1 2
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