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Tango Tanimura, born in 1964 in Takayama, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture, belongs to the Tanimura family who have produced tea whisks for almost 500 years in the town.
Takayama has been the center of tea whisk manufacturing in Japan for more than five centuries. The Tanimura’s are one of the only three remaining families today of the 13 tea whisk making families that were granted surnames by the Tokugawa government during the Edo Period (1603-1867).
Tango Tanimura is the head of the 20th generation of the Tanimura family, and he has mastered the secret production techniques passed down from father to son just as his ancestors did.