21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Regarded as the home of samurai sword production since the 14th century, the city of Sakai in Osaka Prefecture is responsible for crafting some of the world’s finest culinary equipment and tools, including high-quality Sakaiuchi knives. Steel-knife production in Sakai began when tobacco was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. To cut the tobacco, Sakai craftsmen started to make knives. The craftsmen’s efforts were soon recognized by the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868), who gave their endorsement to the Sakai knives industry. In recent times, Sakaiuchi knives are made using a combination of modern machinery and traditional hand tools. In 1987, Sakaiuchi knives were named a Traditional Craft of Japan.
Thanks to their high quality and craftsmanship, Sakaiuchi knives are used by 90% of professional chefs in Japan. Furthermore, with the rise in popularity of Japanese cuisine around the world, Sakaiuchi knives are enjoying greater demand from overseas. And thanks to their cutting precision and ability to enhance the quality of dishes, Sakaiuchi knives have become indispensable kitchen tools for top chefs everywhere.
By public transportation
The Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum is a 3-minute walk from Myokokuji-mae Station on the Hankai Line, or a 10-minute walk from Sakai Station on the Nankai Main Line.