It’s been getting cooler and more pleasant since we entered September.
At our Ginza store this week, we were displaying an adorable maple tree.
In Japan, the maple tree has a language of “Beautiful transformation”, due to the change of the color of leaves which starts from green to red.
To cherish each moment in the changing seasons, Mokumeganeya will introduce beautiful flowers and events in each season. Please enjoy the change of seasons with us.
This tsuba was made by Masataka Ito in the late Edo period.
The slightly vertical patterns of the Mokumegane look like the water shaken by the wind, and it is very mysterious.
The shape is called “Inome” used a wild boar’s eye as its motif and has been traditionally used for a long time. Doesn’t it look very similar to heart-shape? The shape has the meaning of amulet and blessing and is considered as auspicious.
<Display at the Sendai store>
This is an old material displayed at the Sendai store. This is called “Oniita” displayed on the edge of the eaves to pray for the peace of the building.
“Oniita” is a wooden decoration that is attached to both ends of the roof as a substitute for the gargoyle.
The beautiful lotus pattern expresses prayers to God.
We believe that it is very important to convey Japanese traditional culture to the world.
Please take a look at the interiors when you visit the store.
<Handle of the Small Sword>
This is a handle of the small sword made in the late Edo period.
The decoration is called “family crest scattering.” A family crest was inlaid with a gold wire on the Mokumegane ground.
The monograms in an overseas brand are actually originated from the family crest scattering in Japan.
It is a design loved in the world now and in the past.
The three circles on this family crest indicates three stars. In Japan in the Edo period, Chinese constellations were used, and family crests were made based on the constellations.
<Tsuba with Rabbits>
Japanese pampas grass and two adorable rabbits are inlaid to the Tsuba made out with Mokume Gane.
One of the rabbits is looking upon the sky, as if it’s looking for their friends who living at the moon.
In Japan, people believe that the pattern of the moon resembles to a shape of rabbit that pounds steamed rice to make rice cake.
This is because “the rabbit and rice” symbolizes the harvest festival in Japan.
The design of the artwork is very peaceful, and it conveys the theme of harvest festival in autumn.
Since we believe that it is very important to convey Japanese traditional culture to the world, Mokumeganeya will introduce you the Japanese antiques and artworks made with Mokume Gane.
<72 micro-season calendar>
In ancient Japan, people used 72 micro-season calendar (72 Ko) which was made by dividing 12 seasons into 24 sub-seasons, and then splitting into three to give a total of 72 Ko, each lasting for about five days.
The calendar here marks the seasonal cycle of the natural world by allocating a series of evocative names to the different stages of the year, to illustrate the ever-changing beautiful landscape in Japan.Today’s 72Ko is the 42th Ko “Rice grows and ripens”.
It seems that fall has begun. Take good care of yourself when the seasons change.
To cherish each moment in the changing seasons, Mokumeganeya will introduce you the beautiful flowers and events in each season.
Please enjoy the change of season with us.
<Mokumegane Cigarette Case>
This is a cigarette case with beautiful delicate Mokumegane made in the Meiji period. It was not only used for just putting tobacco, but it was also used for enjoying as a part of fashion. Did the gentlemen of the Meiji period treasure it as a stylish belonging? It is a valuable piece that many of metalwork in the Edo period were used for.
<Mokumegane Sake Cup>
This is a small sake cup with a height of about 4cm, used Mokumegane on all over the front and made of pure silver inside. The cup was made by Masamitsu who succeeded from the late Edo period to the Meiji period. Mokumegane, which was a technique for making samurai swords, was also used for works closely related to the daily life.
This is a rare barrel-shaped small compass made between the late Edo period and the Meiji period. There is a delicate Mokumegane decoration around the compass less than 1cm. A dragon is drawn on the side with a gold inlay, and it is a luxurious work packed with techniques even in a small piece.
<Tsuba made by Matsuyamaju Toshinobu>
The patterns of the sword guards express the night on the right side and daytime on the left side. They are very valuable because a pair of large and small sword guards are left behind.
As an expression between concrete and impression, “day and night” are often found in the art.