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Manufacturing process

Logs are cut twice a year, in spring through summer
and in fall through winter.

The bark being removed from felled timber.
As you can see, this process is done by hand,
one log at a time.

Each piece of lumber is shaped into the main koto body
(the ryuko).This is a body we produced this year.
As you can see, the wood is still white in tone.

Surface filing

Carving out the inside 
Measuring the weight of each piece and making small
adjustments to file it down

Zig-zag carving
Carefully carved, leaving no point overlooked

The Hidemitsu and Toshimitsu hallmarks are the
marks of an original Mitsuya Koto article.

Heat treating the surface
The entire surface is evenly heated.

Under the hands of our skilled craftsmen,
the unique wood grain,
a Mitsuya Koto signature, is brought to the surface.

Installing parts
Installing the end caps

Installing parts Installing the decorative kashiwaba.
It is treated with lacquer.

Installing feet

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