Tanabata Themed Fuchi/Kashira

Tanabata Themed Fuchi/Kashira
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Material: shakudo
Signature: unsigned
Technique: nanakoji sukibori zogan iroe

The design is based on Tanabata festival themes. The most popular version of the origins of the Tanabata festival is as follows:

Wikipedia wrote:

Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King, or the universe itself), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "heavenly river"). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone. Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cowman/Cowherd Star, or literally Boy Star) (also referred to as Kengyū (牽牛)) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet. Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei was moved by his daughter's tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

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If you are interested in Tanabata themed tsuba, you may find an example here.



Size: 3.8 x 2.2 x 1.2cm
Weight: 20g
Nakago hole: 2.6 x 0.8cm


Size: 3.3 x 1.7x 0.7cm
Weight: 12g