Biology of Metal at Japan House London looks at metal craftsmanship in Tsubame-Sanjo

© Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival Committee

Biology of Metal: Metal Craftsmanship in Tsubame-Sanjo is a new exhibition at Japan House London, launching this September as part of London Design Festival. On show for the first time in the UK, it will explore the innovative craftsmanship and ancient skills of some of Japan's most talented metalworkers.

Providing a unique insight into the evolution of this timeless Japanese craft, the exhibition explores how artistry and small industry are embedded in tradition and the ways in which technology has evolved and embraced the new to adapt to a changing society.

Tsubame-Sanjo is a region of Japan famous for its metal works, factories and workshops and produces a huge variety of products including the majority of Japan's cutlery. This show is inspired by the annual Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival (Kouba no Saiten) initiative when each October, factories and workshops open their doors to visitors to offer the rare opportunity to see craftspeople at work and experience metalworking for themselves.

Biology of Metal: Metal Craftsmanship in Tsubame-Sanjo will launch at Japan House London on Thursday 6 September and run until Sunday 28 October 2018. For more information, visit