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History of Futamiya Chuzo Our shop's history dates back to the sixteenth century. Back then in a small village on the outskirts of Edo (the old name for Tokyo), craftsman Yagasaki established a shop that would become renowned for its high quality handmade saws (called nokogiri in Japanese.) The village would later be known as Yagasaki Village, named after the fine saw maker whose shop and name would live on into modern day Tokyo. Today, the shop and village are now part of Kokuryo 7-chome district of Chofu City in the greater Tokyo area. Over the centuries, the Yagasaki family has forged the reputation of being among Japan's most skilled saw makers and the creators of what is known as Futamiya style saw blades. As time passed and industrial manufacturing replaced traditional craftsmanship, most traditional shops have disappeared. Futamiya Chuzo may very well be the only shop of its kind still in operation today. We are proud of our history and wish to pass on our traditional and artistic skills and knowledge to a new generation. ※On a deck of playing cards issued by Chofu City, a handmade saw is proudly depicted and credited as being made by Yagasaki.


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▷ Yagasaki village
▷ Chofu local history description sheet No.5
▷ Yomiuri Newspaper 2004/Oct/6th issued