When it comes to Japan's metalware, Niigata Prefecture's Tsubame Sanjo region, famed for its bladesmithing, often steals the limelight.

There are, however, plenty of other areas in Japan also acclaimed for their smithing, casting and sheet-forming craftsmanship. This month, On Design looks at two areas — Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture and Adachi Ward in Tokyo — where designers are currently giving the metalworking industry a contemporary edge.

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