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SERIES Masterly Skills | Hand-Made Fountain Pens


技~極める | 手作り万年筆 ミクロの技人・植原榮一 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

Today, there are only a small number of craftsmen who make fountain pens all hand-made. Uehara, aged 82, has been engaged in this work since he was 19. He makes special fountain pens that fit perfectly in the hand of each customer, taking each person's particular handwriting into consideration. His skill of adjusting the pen point, using a loupe, is remarkable, because a difference of 0.01 millimeters does affect the smoothness of writing.

SERIES Masterly Skills | Brother Blacksmiths


技~極める | 総火造りの兄弟鍛冶 裁ち鋏職人 大河原辰雄・享幸 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

The Ohkawara brothers are master blacksmiths. They make hand-made scissors, using their skill of the comprehensive forging method originated as a technique to create Japanese swords handed down through generations. In their scissor-making method, a piece of iron is heated red-hot and hammered into shape to form the handle and the blade at a time. They read each other's breathing, measuring everything by sight, and hammer with perfect timing, as they know when and how to hammer the metal through long experience.

SERIES Masterly Skills | The Giant Carving Knife : Tempering Flexibly


技~極める | 巨大包丁 しなやかに鍛える [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

The tuna-filleting knife to carve large tuna with the weight of 200 kilograms, used in the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, has a blade length of 1.5 meters. Masaji Shimizu, a craftsman who lives in Takefu in Fkui prefecture, makes this kind of giant knives. The giant knife looks like a huge Japanese sword, but actually it has a tremendous flexibility. It has to curve flexibly along the spine of huge tuna and straighten again, according to the force applied to it.

SERIES Masterly Skills | Chiming in the Wind


技~極める | 火箸が奏でる究極の音色 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

Munemichi Myochin is the 52nd generation master of the Myochin family, which had enjoyed great status since the 8th century because of its armour-making skills. Today he is the only person in Japan who specializes in making iron tongs. His tongs are not only used for tea ceremony but also for a wind chime that tinkles beautifully in the breeze. Tongs do not produce clear sound if there is even one millimetre of difference both in length and thickness.

SERIES Masterly Skills | Dream through the Bird’s-Eye View


技~極める | 鳥の眼で描く街 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

Tadashi Ishihara is a bird's-eye view artist, well-known in Japan for his presentation citymaps. His first work, 'World Expo Japan Aerial Map 1970', created a sensation among people. With preparation of thousands of aerial photos and street level shots, he draws almost everything in his maps exactly as it is down to the number of trees, floors and windows of the buildings, the patterns of white-lines in the parking lot.

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