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Yamamoto Alloy Works
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Holiday Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
Business time 10:00~17:00
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● The one and only “magic mirror” maker
Yamamoto Alloy Works is a maker of wakyo, handcrafted Japanese-style bronze mirrors. Besides the production of devotional mirrors for Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples from all over Japan, the atelier also deals with restoration of old Japanese mirrors preserved in museums. The secret craft of makyo, or “magic mirrors” that project images when light is reflected on them, was passed down in Yamamoto family. The company has been protecting precious mirror making techniques, such as traditional sand mold casting method, for five generations.

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[037-01]Atelier visit 詳細表示

Atelier visit

A rare chance to meet a traditional Japanese mirror maker.

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 5~10 people
Price:
2,160yen
Time Required:
about 1 hour

[037-02]Atelier visit & a small Japanese mirror making workshop 詳細表示

Workshop

A rare chance to try your hand at traditional Japanese mirror making.

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 2~8 people
Price:
3,780yen
Time Required:
about 2 hours

Craftsman profile

Akihisa Yamamoto

Akihisa Yamamoto

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Born in Yamamoto family, the producers of traditional handcrafted mirrors. After graduating from university, entered his family business. Studied traditional mirror-making techniques under his grandfather, Oryu Yamamoto, and now is making all kinds of mirrors for Shinto shrines and temples, as well as some restoration work for museums. Made the makyo mirror that was given as a gift from Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, to the Pope. He is constantly exploring the changing scene of Japanese crafts and actively participates in various art projects.