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Odawara Casting

Odawara Casting

Kashiwagi Art Foundry

 

The history of the foundry industry in Odawara dates back centuries. The book, Shinpen Sagaminokuni Fudokiko, notes that Yamada Jirozaemon opened a foundry in Odawara in 1534. This is considered the origin of the first foundry in Odawara.

In 1686 the Kashiwagi family relocated to Odawara. The family opened a foundry and became Odawara's renowned maker of sound instruments called sahari made using compression casting techniques.

The Kashiwagi family nowadays still is the leading producer of Odawara casting. The secret of the beautiful sound of their buddhist altar bells and wind chimes is a special alloy of copper and at least 20% tin. The design of the bells and their production is entirely done by Teru Kashiwagi. He uses a traditional furnace of 1000ºC and the temperature in the atelier can go far beyond 40ºC in summer.

Odawara wind chimes also got featured in Akira Kurosawa's movie "Red Beard". When Mr. Kurosawa asked the for best wind chimes, he was given wind chimes from Odawara.

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