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The fusion of traditional skills and state-of-the-art technology Giving new lease on life to tradition, handing down beautiful manufacturing craftsmanship for a new era.

The skill compilation of a group of craftsmen

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Founder of the brand
Metalsmith Mitsunori

The “Mitsunori” brand was founded by metalsmith Takenori Obuchi (pseudonym “Mitsunori”), who has inherited craft traditions and culture that has over thousands of years of history, hoping to promote the silver work industry and spread traditional craftsmanship around the world.
In 1932, Mitsunori was born in Toyama Prefecture, an area with prosperous metal crafting. He apprenticed with Tokutaro Hayakawa, a distinguished silversmith, and then flew to Italy to further his silverware crafting knowledge.He then established his own style with unique and extremely intricate designs. His rich variety of techniques and artistry caused sighs and gasps of admiration at each exhibition he attended. In 1979 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for his efforts.He has received many prestigious awards, including winning the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Award four times.

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Handing down traditional craftsmanship

Mitsunori has had many apprentices with a wide age range and taught craftsmanship and philosophy in order to them hand them down, all the while searching for a new world of artistry to explore.
Awards won by Mitsunori’s apprentices include the “New Face Award” and the “Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Award,” the highest prize at the All Japan Gold and Silver Art Creative Exhibition, showing that “Mitsunori’s spirit” has been handed down, still alive and well today.

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Skill and Passion

While incorporating the latest techniques into traditional craftsmanship, skills and passion continue to be polished for the future.

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Metalsmith Takenori Obuchi (pseudonym Mitsunori)

Metalsmith Takenori Obuchi (pseudonym Mitsunori)

Biography

1932 Born in Toyama Prefecture.
1948 Became an apprentice of Tokutaro Hayakawa, a distinguished silver smith.
1970 Flew to Italy to learn silverware crafting.
1973 Completed a gold/silver craft art piece “Bonsai,” a Japanese traditional art form, using the technique he developed.
1975 Won the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Award, the highest award at the 1st Tokyo Silverware New Works Competition.
1979 Developed a new technique and completed “Reicho” exhibiting his work at Hotel Okura.
Received the Prime Minister’s Award, the highest award at the 5th Nipporen Zenkoku Toitsu Sakuhin Competition.
1980 Created the world’s biggest platinum Venus, followed by Nagoya Castle made of platinum and gold.
1981 Won the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Award, the highest award at the 7th Tokyo Silverware New Works Competition.
Won the Platinum Guild Award at the 6th Platinum Design Contest.
1985 Won the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman’s Award at the 11th Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman.
1987 Won the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Award, the highest award at the 13th Nipporen Zenkoku Toitsu Sakuhin Competition
1990 Presented a sterling silver ornament “Shokaku (flying crane)” commemorating the enthronement ceremony of 125th Japanese emperor.
1993 Presented a sterling silver ornament “Soshokaku (two cranes)” commemorating the marriage of the Crown Prince.
1994 Won the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Award at the 2nd All Japan Gold and Silver Art Creative Exhibition.
1995 Went on a tour of silverware inspection world-wide
1996 Was awarded the Ojuhosho (Medal with a Yellow Ribbon for industriousness).
1997 Made the world’s biggest platinum statue of liberty (a one-35th scale model).
1998 Researched and developed a new technique called Light Precise Casting (LPC) and created a number of artworks.
2001 Took an order from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to reconstruct the mount, upon the discovery of the oldest telescope.
2004 Was awarded the Kyokujitsusokosho (The Order of the Rising Sun、Gold and Silver Rays).
2005 Took an order from the Tokyo National Museum to restored the chandeliers.
2019 Established the brand “Mitsunori” in order to train the next-generation craftsmen and to preserve traditional craftsmanship.
   
Other Won a number of awards at various competitions and exhibitions.
Held exhibitions at notable department stores, hotels, and jewelry shops.
Created a number of pieces for shrines, temples, public offices, and commemorative projects.
Worked on restoration projects of various cultural treasures and artwork.
Dedicated himself to establish the All Japan Gold and Silver Art Creative Exhibition.
Was the former chairman of the Tokyo Gold/Silver-ware Industrial Cooperative Association.
Established the Silverware Museum.

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