Tsuge Ikebana

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Sweeping floors and polishing Mr Umibata’s ivory cigarette holders from six in the morning to ten at night, apart from short breaks for meals, was hard work for a recently orphaned thirteen-year-old.  Yet, Kyoichiro Tsuge was not one to be disheartened, and his determination drew on an inner strength. It is likely that he inherited his passion for excellently crafted objects, love of fine things and pleasure in his craft from his ancestors, as his father Tomosaburo had come from a family of swordsmiths with Samurai status in Japanese society, and his mother, Kei, descended from Kanewaka, the famous sword forger...read more

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