NOV. 2023
Different beauty


According to old records, it is known that a family produced nearly 5,000 wooden ladles during the 5-month off-season. That's around 1,000 ladles per month, about 100 in 3 to 4 days, and almost 30 ladles per day. For someone like me who can only make one ladle in the shortest time of one hour, it's beyond belief. I used to think they must have been of poor quality, but even those made over 50 years ago didn't lack refinement. The beauty produced in mass production is the charm of Uto-shakushi, and perhaps Masako Shirasu understood that when she referred to Uto-shakushi as the king of ladles. If she were to see what I have made now, I wonder what she would say.