By Kunihiko Kasahara
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This fascinating mix of artwork and geometry will excite either your creativity and your interest. Out from below your arms will come strikingly beautiful varieties: want by yourself hand-crafted capturing megastar, all silvery, golden, or fiery pink; “grow” beautiful purple paper cherry blossoms (symbol of Japan, domestic of origami), and construct pyramids, cubic modules, and different dimensional figures.
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I got fifty sen each time making one yen [per month]. I made cuff-links, wristwatches, chain-watches (sage-dokei)—in the past rich men wore those— and that sort of thing. I was an apprentice there for seven years. And then, in 1939 I became 21 and took the military physical exam… January the tenth, 1940: before that time I had learned [to make] watch cases from precious metals—after all I did it for seven years, right? And then it was Manchuria, northern Manchuria… Apprenticeship in Japan has historically had various purposes and meanings (see Kondo 1990; Singleton 1989), which have not necessarily been limited to males (Lebra 1984).
The company’s history is at once a set of personal histories and a corporate history which have taken place within broader socio-economic relationships and dynamics. As a small manufacturing firm, Shintani Metals is itself also a part of the medium-small enterprise sector of the Japanese economy and so has been affected by that context. Contemporary Japanese foreign investment and the labor shortage experienced by Japan in the late 1980s were especially important for Shintani Metals during the five to ten years prior to my fieldwork.
Ten days later I bought myself a pair of navy-blue work pants of the sort worn by most of the other men at the factory. I was ready. I wanted to become “integrated” as a member of the company “community” as soon as possible. During my first two weeks at the factory I arrived at just before eight each morning, wanting to begin the day along with the full-time blue-collar employees (the full-time white-collar staff and the part-time women employees start their days at nine). Though the Factory Manager had told me that I need not come in before nine, I felt it important to at least begin the day with others in the workshops in order to become accepted as a member of the workforce.