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History - Hardware

Harima Fudoki, a historical text written in 713 AD, describes Miki as a village favored with greenery and fresh water. More recently Miki is described as a hardware town, producing world-renowned carpenters tools.
Shijimi River and Tanjho moutain range
In 1578, Hideyoshi Hashiba, a powerful warrior of the Shogunate, began his attack on the daimyo of Miki, Lord Nagaharu Bessho. Lord Bessho barricaded himself within Miki Castle to avoid capture, but after twenty-two months of struggle with the supply and stocks of food spent, Lord Bessho and his family committed ritualistic suicide.
This battle was the pivotal point in the development of modern Miki. By exempting the people who returned after the battle from paying taxes, Hideyoshi facilitated the rebuilding of the town. The return of the many blacksmiths and carpenters to their homes helped to rebuild the devastated town.

Load Nagaharu Bessho
(The Ruins of Miki Castle)
When the recovery phase was complete carpenters and blacksmiths began to lose their jobs. In order to find new work many moved to Kyoto and Osaka. Their skill and craftsmanship was exemplary and they easily found work in the large cities. As their businesses grew, so too did their need for quality tools. Orders began to flow into Miki. As the reputation of these carpenters and their businesses grew in the larger cities, so too did Miki’s reputation and fame…
Red Leaves(Renge-ji Temple)


Yunoyama-Kaido(Old Pass to Arima Hot-Spring)