Japan was historically one of the largest producers of silver in the world. During the Edo period (1603-1868), many silverware artisans had appeared, and with the cultural and economic growth being experienced by the country, the use of silverware became widespread among the common people. It was also during this time that the Ginza coin mint was established in the place that is now Ginza 2-chome.
Japanese silverware items were exhibited at the International Exposition in Paris in 1867, gaining praise for their artistry and craftsmanship. From the Meiji period (1868-1912) onwards, Japanese silverware was exported in large numbers. With the increased amount of foreigners traveling to Tokyo after World War II, the demand for silverware also increased, and Tokyo became a major production center for silver items.
Tokyo silverware has a beautiful luster unique to silver. Today, Tokyo silverware artisans use their skills to produce various elegant products, including tea kettles, sake cups, flower vases, art objects, personal ornaments, and more.
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