Sumida Modern Certified Products and Restaurant Menus 2010-2015
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The small factories of Sumida continue to form the foundations of our everyday lives.Sumida is a town within Tokyo located between two rivers, the Sumida and Arakawa Rivers. In the Edo period, many canals crisscrossed the area, and this waterway transport access attracted numerous dyers, metal casters, and roof tilers among many other craftspeople.After the Meiji restoration, the area grew as a pioneering district for modern urban industries and its rivers were lined with manufacturers of leather products, textiles, soap, glass, metal, paper products and beverages.While the area sustained considerable damage during the Great Kanto Earthquake in the Taisho period, and during World War Ⅱ in the early part of Showa period, in both cases, the town rebuilt itself as a manufacturing center.The area remains home to about 3,000 manufacturers who inherit many of the traditional crafts and continue to exploit their ingenuity to take monozukuri to the next level.Another characteristic of Sumida is that, through inter-industry networking, it has developed an urban production system that can promptly meet customers’ needs. Many of the products marketed internationally by major Japanese corporation incorporate the skills and capabilities of the producers based here.13Sumida Modern 2010-2015 Certified Products

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