Updated at 2022-04-15
Designated as a traditional handicraft by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan in 1995, Owari shippo has become the representation of shippo-yaki. This century-old craft is fundamentally the production of metal enamelware with a Japanese twist. Different regions of Japan produce starkly different shippo-yaki. The inventor of Owari shippo was a squire named Tsunekichi Kaji, who served in Owari (now Aichi Prefecture) during the late Edo period. Tsunekichi was inspired by Dutch cloisonné. He ultimately invented a process in which patterns on the enamelware were outlined using copper wire. Tsunekichi's impact on modern shippo-yaki earned him the name "Father of Shippo-yaki."
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