The 1st master Tsunetaro Yamanaka
was born in 1874 in Odawara.
At first he studied under "Awabiya",and studied
under famous master Hikotaro Kondo.
At 1897,he established work shop and began to make "Andon
pillow"(wooden box pillow with the drawer for accessories).He
was skilled, and his product had very high quality , so ,he was evaluated much.
Then, he shifted to "Kumiki"
Traditionally, "Kumiki" had comparatively simple shape such as square
or round shape.
He changed the structure and form, and
he made a basis of today's various "Kumiki".
He designed many vehicles new in
Western style as that time, such as a "sidecar",
a "motorcycle", an "airplane", a
"tricycle", a "car", and an "airplane.".But
also he taked up Japanese things, such as a "folded
paper crane", "Yomeimon gate", and a
The simplified form and the result show us the design power
accepted beyond the age.
Those days, it is guessed that the deformation so far
would be a remarkable adventure.
We can see the aspect of the
originator of a "Kumiki" there.