Strong beautiful roof tiles
Toyo Seiga is located in Funatsu, Himeji, where the soil is rich in dissolved clay. Because of this local feature, roof tiles have been produced for many years. Especially after 1800, Kanzaki roof tiles were disseminated all over Japan after Mataemon Kobayashi, the government tile maker of Himeji Domain, opened the workshop in Funatsu Village.
Koyo Seiga still keeps the tradition of tile making. One of the characteristics is ”Ibushikawara” tiles coated with carbon that is made by smoking tiles in the final step of tile firing. The treatment makes roof tiles robust and resistant to rain and snow. The smoking treatment adds beauty and a black luster to the roof tiles, as well as durability.
Onishi who preserves the tradition of ”onigawara”
Are you familiar with a job called ”onishi”? It is the artisan that makes decorative roof tiles for castles, temples and shrines, such as ”onigawara” or a ridge-end tile shaped like an ogre. Kazumi Yokoi is the second-generation ”onishi” who belongs to Koyo Seiga. He is committed to the restoration of numerous cultural properties, using his proficient skills.
The exploration by artisans is endless. They have to create something new according to the changes of time while reproducing something good and old. The workshop produces roof tiles for the modern times, fusing the new and the old.
- Koyo Seiga Co., Ltd.
- 5241-5 Funatsu-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo
- URL http://www.koyoseiga.co.jp/english/index.html