*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.
Kanbara Ryosuke makes brooms by hand, at a workshop established in 1830
Different versions of cleaning tools are available for different purposes
Old fabric was sewn together and repurposed as cloths