Day 63 – Japanese tools: Jigote (地鏝 じごて)

買っちゃった。。。庭師にとって欠かすことのできない道具:地鏝。

One of the tools a japanese niwashi (gardener) cannot do without: A jigote (pronounce gee-go-te).

It is a tool used for digging in small spaces, forming landscapes, moving soil, scraping, cutting etc. Until now I have been borrowing one from a senpai who is abroad for the moment, and I found it extremely useful.

I bought my own and I am as proud as can be – handmade and not cheap (5500 yen, about 55 USD). It is also a commitment for my future as a gardener – designing gardens is not enough for me, I want to build them with my own hands.

A jigote, an indispensable japanese gardening tool (地鏝) used for planting moss, uprooting moss, leveling the ground, forming a landscape, digging holes, scraping...

A jigote, an indispensable japanese gardening tool (地鏝) used for planting moss, uprooting moss, leveling the ground, forming a landscape, digging holes, scraping…

 

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