ARTISTS

Amita Arthur & Bond Asahi Shoten Ashihara Fujii, Yoshitoyo Fukui Hagiya, Katsuhira Hattori, Kintaro Ikeda, Seisuke G. Ikoma Kagawa, Katsuhiro Kawano, Yoshinosuke Komai, Otojiro Komai, Seibei Kuhn & Komor Kumeno, Teitaro Kuroda, Kiichi Kyoto Damascene Mitsui, Yoshio Mitsukoshi Miyamoto Shoko Murakami Toyo Nagata Namikawa, Yasuyuki Nogawa, Noboru Ogurusu Ohayo Okubo Brothers Samurai Shokai Takeda Brothers Uyeda, Kichigoro Yamanaka

Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Other artists

MINAI, TORAHIKO (NANSHU) 南井寅彦 (南舟)

HISTORY

Minai Torahiko (Nanshu) was born in Shiga prefecture, on December 30, 1925. In 1948, at the age of 22, he joined the Amita Damascene Factory in Kyoto (current Amita Co). He was trained by the master Muto (武藤), a traditional craft expert, at Amita Damascene Craftsmen Training School. Later on, he learned the inlaying techniques from Mr. Obata Hakutori (小幡伯鳳).

Minai Torahiko at work.

In 1965, at the age of 40, Minai receives the Mayor Prize as the best artistic craftsman in Kyoto Metal Craft Exhibition.

Folding screen by Minai Torahiko.

In 1971, Minai was invited to U.S. television in Hawaii to demonstrate the Zogan inlaying process. In 1973, as a man of merit, he won the Mayor's commendation.

Plates by Minai Torahiko.
(The one on the bottom right is from the collection of David Matthews.
Notice the small differences with the bottom left.)

In 1980, Minai was invited to the Kyoto Fair in Boston, USA, for demonstration of Damascene making. He obtained the honorable Governor's commendation.

MARKS

南舟作
南舟 (Nanshu) 作 (made by)
Nanshu Saku
Made by Nanshu (Torahiko)

References:

"Jewelry Concepts & Technology", Ch. 8, 2011, by Oppi Untracht.
"Paper insert", which comes together with an inlaid dish.
"Amita Co. paper insert"