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|The Japanese peg has an interesting story. At the confluence of the Shinano
River (the longest river in Japan) and Ikarashi River in Niigata Prefecture
is a city called Sanjo. Sanjo is famous for its production of hardware,
often called "the town of iron works". Early in the Edo Period,
there was no flood control on the Ikarashi River. As a result there was
flooding nearly every year and farmers couldn't get their rice crop. This
cause farmers to live very poorly.
The shogun at the time, Kiyobeisadatoshi Ootani, devised a relief measure. He encouraged people to make what is now known as "Japanese pegs" to provide extra income during 1625-1628. As a result, manufacturing of the "Japanese peg" spread out among neighbors as a secondary business. This beginning was the root of the Sanjo cutlery business.
Today, only a few people make the traditional peg. These pegs are used at Isejingu. Isejingu is a very famous old Japanese temple that has been re-built once every 20 years for 1200 years. 68,000 pegs of five different kinds were supplied for the 61st re-building in 1991. The traditional technique used to produce Sanjo pegs makes them highly prized. The hand forged pegs is never broken because of tough and never loosen because of how tough they are, and never loosen because of how strong they are! I want to show the world our rich tradition and ingenuity, I'm so very proud of my culture and the Sanjo pegs!
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