Silverware in Japan has a long history, and the names of silver tableware and drinking vessels are found in the Engishiki (Engi Shiki). In Japan, where numerous mines including Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine existed, silver is said to date back to before that time, indicating that silver has been a valuable material since ancient times. In addition, highly finished silver products have been preserved in the Imperial Treasure presented to Horyuji Temple. In the Edo period (1603-1867), silverware craftsmen called ""shiroganeshi"" (silversmiths) and decorative craftsmen called ""kinkoshi"" (goldsmiths) appeared and produced a wide variety of works. It is said that silverware and silver tools were widely popular among the townspeople at that time. Tokyo silverware is characterized by the elegant luster unique to silver and the chic, Edo style. Most of the process is done painstakingly by hand, and craftsmen use a variety of techniques to create unique pieces. In addition, silver reacts chemically with sulfuric gas in the air, causing it to gradually lose its luster, known as the ""sulfurization phenomenon. This phenomenon can be used to create an antique-like atmosphere with a finishing technique called Furubi, and the variety of textures that can be enjoyed is one of the charms of silver products. The best of craftsmanship is used to create these pieces, which have a deep-rooted popularity and are used as gifts and souvenirs as well as daily necessities.
Silver masters who have inherited the skills of 12 generations since the Edo period.