From Minamata - Bamboo and Life

<font color="006400">From Minamata - Bamboo and Life
Aomono bamboo works in Minamata

In Minamata, young bamboo maker making everyday tool for local people. He loves bamboo making, his teacher and his adopt town "Minamata." His works are very popular, it is very hard to get it now.

Minamata disease, sometimes referred to as Chisso-Minamata disease, is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Symptoms include ataxia, numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, narrowing of the field of vision and damage to hearing and speech. In extreme cases, insanity, paralysis, coma and death follow within weeks of the onset of symptoms. A congenital form of the disease can also affect fetuses in the womb. Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata City in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 1956. It was caused by the release of methyl mercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. This highly toxic chemical bioaccumulated in shellfish and fish in Minamata Bay and the Shiranui Sea, which when eaten by the local populace resulted in mercury poisoning. While cat, dog, pig and human deaths continued over more than 30 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution.

Each tool has local language name, sometimes different from another area and standard Japanese.