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

OHAYO オハヨ

HISTORY

From "Bamboo Breezes: United States Naval Station":

Where Genuine Damascene is Made

In the service man's hunt for antiques and curious while touring the Orient, Damascene ware is one of the most attractive articles he finds.

Genuine damascene is made in Kyoto, Japan, in a place called "Ohayo" pronounced "Ohio" the Japanese term for "good morning".

On entering the work room of Ohayo's shop you will find him sitting cross-legged before a low bench covered with chisels, hammers and balls of gold thread. All genuine damascene must go through many processes before it is ready for marketing. Steel is the usual foundation for the articles, although silver and gold are occasionally employed.

Folding screen by Ohayo.

A design is first drawn on a piece of tissue paper and placed over the metal surface. It is then traced with a fine chisel into the metal and removed. The outlines thus copied are undercut four times crosswise, and four times diagonally, to form something like a silken texture. Into the minute grooves these gold threads, almost as fine as cobwebs, are hammered into tile intricate pattern almost invisible to the eyes. A deer horn hammer is used to smooth the surface and tap down any rough edges of the gold thread.

Vase by Ohayo.

The articles are then put into a cabinet and made to corrode by the use of nitrate acid which is later removed with hot soda water. When quite dry, they are washed twice in thin salt water and baked over a fire. Eight or nine times a day for periods of five days in summer and seven days in winter, these articles are washed and baked until all the rust in the steel has been conducted out completely. The clean surfaces are then dipped into thick mud of red clay and baked again over hot fire and the process repeated from fifty to 100 times.

Small jewelry box by Ohayo.

The next step is to co-it the surface with charcoal powder and oil, bake over a fire and repeat from ten to twenty times, adding more charcoal and oil in each instance. The black powder is cleaned from the article with a small piece of cryptomeria wood, and a steel rod is used to rub the surface to a polish. The last step is to add some fine carvings to any part of the inlay where it is necessary, and in the case of tourists it can be their monograms or names.

The shop contains showcases of beautiful Damascene boxes, cufflinks, screens, pins, powder jars and others things of interest.

ADDRESS

Shimmonzen street, Kyoto.

MARKS

The trademark of OHAYO:
Ohayo ("オハヨ") means "Good Morning", or, literally, "early",
hence a "rising sun" signature.
製 (sei) means "made by".
Ohayo sei - Made by Ohayo

ADVERTISEMENTS
1921
1928
Circa 1930

Business Card circa 1935
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Business Card circa 1935
Side B
Business Card from 1937
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Business Card from 1937
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Sticker

Records from old books

1928

EXAMPLES (from the internet)

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