Continuing to stick to the beauty of unevenness and leaving the printing culture to the future [Tsukiji Printing]
Manufacturing Creating things Takumi's scenery
The site of this issue [Occupation] Type casting craftsman [Takumi name] Tsukiji type, first line to Omatsu [Place] Minami Ward, Yokohama
Carefully, slowly, and thoughtfully. A corner that introduces the site of manufacturing that makes use of handwork. This time, the letterpress printing that once supported Japanese printing culture Introducing the world of Even in today's digital age, To "Tsukiji type" which is supported by many customers.
A well-worn wooden shelf called the "type room". More than 250,000 metal characters such as kanji, hiragana, and alphabets are lined up there. This is "Tsukiji Type", which was founded in 1919 (Taisho 18). In the back of the store, a type casting machine is making a loud mechanical noise. The raw material (ingot) is melted in a pot with a temperature of 350 to 400 degrees Celsius and flows into a concave mother die set in advance in the casting machine. . Mr. Omatsu, who has worked here since the age of 19 as a casting craftsman, is now 73 years old. Occasionally I pull down my glasses and look through the magnifying glass to check the freshly made type. This meticulous, high-quality work that has continued for more than 50 years continues to convey the appeal of letterpress to us today.
A stick is placed in the pot in which the base metal is melted, and the specific gravity of the material and other factors are checked.
As an aside, I used to think that the appeal of letterpress printing was the deep unevenness that was engraved on the paper (even the back side was bumpy). While expressing beautiful unevenness on the front side, it is the ability to show off how well it does not show through and change the expression of the paper on the back side.” I heard many deep stories.
When I receive a letterpress business card at work, I can't help but pick it up and stare at it. Today I found out why. It's just a business card, but it's a business card, and it's a small square piece of paper that fits in the palm of your hand. How about incorporating letterpress printing into business cards as well as New Year's cards in the future? A New Year's card that makes people who pick it up fall in love with the beauty of the letters and want to gently touch them with their fingers.
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