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Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata, Japan

The Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival takes place annually in Niigata, Japan since 2013. Presented in Singapore, this exhibition is curated by method inc from Japan and commemorates the “Timeline of Metalcraft”, an extravaganza featuring the manufacturing process of various metal products, videos and a photography capsule of indigenous craftsmen and craftswomen. A highly interactive design biography brings the fine traditions of Tsubame-Sanjo artisans to contemporary life, through displays, demonstrations and moving images.

Public Programmes

Workshop: Knife Sharpening Experience
21 & 22 February 2020, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
23 February 2020, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: $35

Demonstration of knife production by a Japanese kitchen knife maker. This includes finishing, patterning and cutting by hand sharpening using a whetstone. Hands-on participation included.

Workshop: Hammering Copperware Experience
21 February 2020, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
22 February 2020, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
23 February 2020, 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Cost: $35

Experience making a small plate by hammering a copper plate and adding a favourite pattern.

Workshop: Spoon Making Experience
21 & 22 March 2020, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm & 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Cost: $25

Demonstration and hands-on experience of spoon and fork manufacturing using a mould.

Workshop: Copper Chopstick Rest Making Experience
21 & 22 March 2020, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm & 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Cost: $25

Demonstration and hands-on experience of making a copper chopstick rest by hammering a copperplate.

Lecture: About the History of Tsubame-Sanjo Metal Craft
21 February 2020, 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm
22 February 2020, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
23 February 2020, 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Free admission

In this session, we will learn about the historic legacy of Tsubame-Sanjo metal craft in Niigata, Japan.

Lecture: Japanese and Singapore Metal Craftsmen
22 February 2020, 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Free admission

In this session, we will discuss the value of Craftsmanship, Legacy & Apprenticeship and the importance of Tradition versus Technology in craftsmanship.

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