Special Exhibits at JIMTOF2016 The 28th Japan International Machine Tool Fair

Japanese craftwork to be passed on to the next generation, Metal Spinning (Kitajima Shibori Seisakusho Co., Ltd.) and the world’s most advanced eyeglasses making in Fukui and Sabae cities.

JIMTOF 2016 (The 28th Japan International Machine Tool Fair), one of the largest machine tool fairs in Asia organized by the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association and Tokyo Big Sight Inc. will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from November 17th (Thu) to November 22nd (Tue), 2016. The details of the special exhibits, which will be displayed during the course of the event, have been finalized.

The special exhibits, displayed in the East 7 Hall at the New East Exhibition Hall, will show the metal spinning of Kitajima Shibori Seisakusho Co., Ltd., a true craftsmanship that has to be passed on to the next generation, and eyeglasses that feature the world’s most advantaged technology from Fukui prefecture.

Hera-shibori or metal spinning, introduced in Japan during the Taisho Era, is one form of plastic working that uses the ductility of metals. Metal processed into a disc-form is rotated on a lathe and formed into a shape by an iron hera, or spatula, a specialized tool for this process. Thanks to the cooperation of Kitajima Shibori Seisakusho Co., Ltd., they will show a live demonstration by a metal spinning master at the special exhibit. Also, visitors can experience metal spinning by themselves. Interviews with craftspeople, their talk show, and a video capturing the process in which the art of craftwork is handed down from a master to a younger worker will be held daily.


The special exhibit will also feature eyeglasses of Fukui thanks to the cooperation of Fukui Optical Association. The eyeglasses of Sabae city in Fukui prefecture are known for their excellent quality and the world’s most advanced technology is used in the production process. The exhibit will include introduction of eyeglass making, interviews and talk shows. More than 95% of eyeglass frames made in Japan are produced in Fukui prefecture, mainly in Fukui city and Sabae city. Their excellent processing technology and efforts to develop new materials such as titanium frame eyeglasses are highly appreciated globally. The exhibit will focus on the craftwork that has helped Fukui’s eyeglasses to become a global brand over the past 100 years and how machine tools have contributed to it.

Tokyo Big Sight completed construction of its New East Exhibition Hall in October 2016. JIMTOF 2016 is the first exhibit that uses all halls of Tokyo Big Sight including the New East Exhibition Hall.


More information

On JIMTOF’s official website.