The precious tools of mountain woodcutters have been collected and preserved here. At
one time, there were many people in the Umeda area who made a living from forestry,
through the planting, harvesting and maintenance of Japanese cedar and cypress trees.
In the collection are hand saws, large axes, hand axes and wedges used for felling
trees; sickles for removing bark; hooks, shielded forks, ready-made forks, Kakkiri, Evry,
and other tools used by charcoal makers; hemp Seoiko and baskets for carrying charcoal;
wagons; and other items.
"In Umeda, charcoal making took place from November to March. Every day, four or
five baskets of white charcoal were made from Japanese oak and other trees", says Mr.