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Yokohama Classic Furniture

July 24, 2015

At the end of Edo era (late 19th century, when Japan’s feudal system was about to be demolished), many Western people came to Japan and built houses to settle in. They required Western style furniture that suited their lifestyle to live in the Eastern island nation of Japan. In 1863, Goleman from the Great Britain asked Hara Yasuzo, who was a furniture upholsterer, to fix a chair. This triggered the development of Western furniture making techniques in Yokohama, then the Japanese original Yokohama furniture, or Yokohama classic furniture, was born.

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Translation by: Morito Kawaoku, reviewed by Marina Izumi

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