Chiba Artisan Tools
Steel making and forging have been carried out since olden times in the iron sand mining site of Boso Peninsula. Techniques for producing required artisan tools were developed not only because of the large-scale river works and paddy cultivation that were carried out during the Edo Period, but also because of animal husbandry, including dairy farming and raising war horses. The types of tools that were produced in the peninsula expanded after the Meiji Restoration, and it became known throughout Japan as an artisan tool production site.
Boshu Rigid Fans
The making of rigid fans in the Kanto area centered on Edo (Tokyo), began sometime during the Edo period (1600-1868), when the nearby province of Boshu was producing quantities of bamboo for fans. The actual making of what has come to be known as the Boshu rigid fan, however, started sometime toward the end of the 1870s and by 1884, these fans were the biggest selling item produced in the area's Awa county.