Updated at 2022-04-17
The samurai of the Edo period had part-time jobs! In the 18th century, the Marugame clan of Kagawa requested its samurai to make uchiwas with the symbol “金”, and then sold them to the pilgrims who were heading to the Konpira Shrine on Shikoku. The groundwork for what later became Marugame uchiwas was laid in this period. The biggest distinctions among Marugame uchiwas and the other styles of the Big Three (Boshu and Kyo uchiwas) are that Marugame uchiwas use the same bamboo for the frame and the handle, and the handle is round and flat. Marugame uchiwas was nationally recognized as a traditional craft by the Japanese government in 1997. Even with the ubiquity of electrical appliances in the modern-day, a billion uchiwas has been produced from Marugame each year.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
Area: 1,876.77 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 942,840
Main industries/features: Tourism, industry, commerce, agriculture, fisheries