These tools were used for panning for gold dust in the streams of Mount Nonodake
. The collection of gold dust
here, a practice which began over 1,000 years ago, took root as a livelihood of people in the region through the early-modern era permit system
. In Wakuya, which was the first gold-producing area in Japan, the collection of gold continued as a side business during the agricultural off‐season until recent years. These are tools that were incorporated into everyday life and continued to see use for many years.