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Hiromu Takahashi Meister (tatami mat mechanic)

Last update date January 22, 2020

Hiromu Takahashi(takahashihiroshi)
Tatami mat mechanic

The 2000 choice (the fifth)
Kanagawa Ward residence

  • It was born in 1936 and is from Yokohama-shi
  • We inherit Takahashi tatami mat shop
  • The first grade tatami mat certified technician, vocational training instructor license, manufacturing Meister (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
  • We successively hold the association of Yokohama tatami mat association society skill manager of Development Department, skill official approval committee member, skill contest committee member of Kanagawa

Passion and research feeling as tatami dealer person

The making of having a Court post tatami mat began out of passion to incline to idea and art as craftsman of Takahashi, "we were ashamed when tatami-maker knew tatami mat in nothing".

When Takahashi saying that "we discovered method not to show seam with both sides when we made having a Court post tatami mat either" is, "we will make because we like this though it is not in what" is the gladdest as craftsman, it is said that we were praised by visitor.

As for Takahashi, it is worked hard at the making of daily tatami mats saying it is saying "we are glad when thing which we take to go once and completed because we cannot make tatami mat on the spot fitted into properly original place".

The skill of Meister

As for the rush of materials of tatami mat, quality is not constant for natural material.

Therefore, by longtime craftsman's experience, "arrival at sewing machine" and "sewing needle" to sew tatami mat on measure width of copter "kitchen knife" of various size; "cross", and "kuwae" measuring thickness makes full use of embezzled tool, and build up.

It is difficult at all for having a Court post tatami mats such as "hexagon tatami mat" as "Kanza" (goshinza) and decoration tatami mat enshrining object of worship to match pattern of corner.

We used technique to sew tatami facing (we fold the face) on unlike normal flat quilting directly for making of tatami mat "dice tatami mat" of cube that there were six plane, and Takahashi devised the technique and made widely available.

And, as for the basics of Kanto style, work of Takahashi becomes basics.


We repeat study with graduation from junior high school in Yokohama as the fifth generation of Takahashi tatami mat shop having been continued since the Edo era and become storekeeper at the age of 37.

One piece of photograph which we came across is opportunity and begins to make unique-shaped having a Court post (yuusoku) tatami mat used at Shinto shrine or temple with self-education and we develop various technique and bring about work at the age of 40.

The work is used in 100 whole country or more Shinto shrine Buddhist temples including Oyama Afurijinja.

Main receiving a prize career

  • Person of 1986 Kanagawa excellence skill commendation receiving a prize (Governor of Kanagawa)
  • 1992 skill official approval committee member commendation receiving a prize (association of ability for Kanagawa occupation development's chairperson)
  • 1997 Yokohama-shi skilled person of merit commendation receiving a prize (The Mayor of Yokohama)
  • Winning the 2001 skill official approval committee member commendation service prize (the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare)

We can come across the skill of Meister here!

Takahashi tatami mat shop
1-17-26, Shimosueyoshi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Telephone: 045-581-0482

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