Cleaning Tools

Japanology Plus

28m 00s
Broadcast on April 8, 2021 Available until March 31, 2024

*First broadcast on April 8, 2021.
Japanese use a wide range of cleaning implements, from old-fashioned brooms to modern carpet rollers. There's always a dedicated tool for the job. Sometimes, those tools have a deeper meaning. Our main guest, museum researcher Watanabe Yumiko, explains their special significance, and talks about the evolution of Japanese cleaning tools over time. We also meet broom-maker Kanbara Ryosuke, who shows us how traditional handmade brooms are put together.

Program Outline