General Product Information
This is a sterling silver reinsmith style smoking pipe with a motif of a yokozuna's (Yokozuna is the highest rank of sumo wrestler / Champion) ornamental mawashi (Mawashi is the loincloth that sumo wrestlers wear) and a temple rope.
The shape is one of the most historic and prestigious of all smoking pipes / Kiseru.
It is made by a traditional Japanese technique of hammered out from a single sheet of plate with a chisel and hammer.
When did these crafts start to craft?：1500 years ago / 500AD / Kofun period in Japan
The kiseru, a Japanese smoking pipe, traces its origins to the Kofun era (964–968 AD). Emerging during the Heian period, it evolved from the introduction of tobacco to Japan by Portuguese explorers. Initially used in powder form for medicinal purposes, tobacco became popular for smoking during the Edo period (1603–1868).
The kiseru, with its distinctive metal or bamboo stem and detachable mouthpiece, gained prominence, especially among the samurai class, symbolizing social status. Over time, as tobacco consumption patterns shifted with the rise of cigarettes, the kiseru's popularity declined. Despite its diminished use, the kiseru endures as a cultural artifact, cherished for its craftsmanship and historical ties to both the Edo period and its earlier origins in the Kofun era.
Chiaki Aikawa / Aikawa Engraving Studio
Chiaki Aikawa's main products are accessories and Kiseru. Since the technique cannot be mass-produced by machines, each item is carefully crafted one by one.
I also specialize in a technique called Mokume-Gane, in which different metals are layered and melted together to create a pattern by repeatedly beating and carving.
"For smokers around the world"
I produce smoking pipes for smokers all over the world to enhance the taste of their cigarettes.
I would like to share the chic Japanese smoking culture with the world with my smoking pipes made with traditional techniques.
Please enjoy the beauty of the slowly rising smoke!
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