The Tsubame Industrial History Museum is a history you can see and experience. One of the reasons Tsubame's industry has so easily moved from copperware to western tableware and cutlery is that the metal industry techniques were developing at the time, but we cannot forget that the traditional manufacturing techniques of the copper and brassware artisans were easily adapted to support the new manufacturing of spoons and forks and thus allowed a smooth transition into the industry that it is today. Going back even further, we see that Tsubame has gone through a period of manufacturing tools. Files and rasps, kiseru(metal tobacco pipes), yatate(portable brush and ink cases), and iron nails. Infact, Tsubame has a history and reputation of being a "hardware town". This new copperware and cutlery path it was taking, would allow the town to perpetuate its image.
With the changing of the times and other various factors, industries will gradually decline and often even completely disappear from the area. Considering the fact that there are countless examples of this situation throughout Japan, Tsubame has stayed strong. We must know the history of Tsubame to keep its industry and traditions alive today. That is not only by knowing how hard our ancestors have worked, but also by understanding the strength and liveliness of their wisdom and knowledge.
Collecting lost and scattered materials and items from the past, arranging, preserving and exhibiting them, is to renew their existence. At the same time it inspires our own existence and the existence of our ancestors. This in turn serves as a bridge to allow the new generations to continue Tsubame's traditional industry.
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