Product Traits


  Apple Tree Products

It goes without saying that Aomori Prefecture is a well known producer of apples. 56% of all apples grown in Japan come from Aomori, the No.1 producing city being Hirosaki. Trees which have fulfilled their productivity are given new life by becoming traditional craftwork. Wood from apple trees is very high in moisture and very hard to dry. Because of bearing so many apples the trunk is very solid and sturdy. This hardness makes crafting difficult, but alas, the final product evolves into unique durable pieces with a
warm characteristic which we hope everyone can someday experience.

                            
 

  Himekawa Craftwork
  
 
The "White-Tanned Leather"(Himekawa) of Hyogo Prefecture's Himeji City is known for it's strength and a natural whiteness not found in other leather. It was used mainly by Japanese Warlords during the Sengoku Period (Age of the Civil Wars) in the making of their personal and their horse's armor. Nowadays, the same traditional craftwork is used to make more modern items such as wallets, handbags,etc... 
 
 
Using high grade cow leather , the grain is formed by a hand hardening massage technique known as Temomi. Each pattern and design is formed by press embossing after which they are carefully hand-painted stroke by stroke. Finally, the item undergoes waterproofing 
and discolorization prevention processing. 
 
We know you will enjoy the deep cool lusterious whiteness that evolves through usage and time.  
 
                           
 
 
 
  Arita Yaki  


Arita Yaki is the general name given to porcelain (chinaware) made in or around Arita Cho in Saga Prefecture, and is very much loved among pottery fans even today. 

It's characteristics comprise of transparent-like beautiful white porcelain with delicate, brilliant painting. 

Thin, light, and hard with a cool smoothness like glass are some of it's charm and appeal. It's durability and zero absorbency make it most suitable for use as tableware. The mainstream of Arita Yaki is porcelain, not pottery. 

Arita is the birthplace of porcelain in Japan and has continually been making porcelain ever since. Aside from domestic use, Arita porcelain was widely exported overseas from the latter half of the 17th century to the latter half of the 18th century. Because Arita is not located on the coast, Arita Yaki was carried to the nearest port of Imari where it was then shipped overseas. Therefore, it was also named and known abroad as Imari Yaki instead of Arita Yaki. 

 
 
    Kabazaiku (Mountainside Cherry Blossom Tree Bark Craftwork)
 
 
Following ancient techniques founded and continued only in Kakunodate Akita Prefecture comes Kabazaiku, traditional handicraft made from the bark of Mountainside Cherry Blossom Trees (Yamazakura). Overcoming wind and snow, the Yamazakura's blossoms and leaves bloom simultaneously. 
 
The four seasons in Japan are very apparent, and after the bitter coldness of winter, new life begins to bud and sprout. Japanese are filled anew at the start of the new business year season, and the vivid pink colors of the cherry blossoms help them feel that spring has arrived.
 
As the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, the Japanese are overjoyed and flock to gather at the foot of the cherry trees where they have Flower Watching (Hanami) parties, which consist of drinking and eating and more drinking. The cherry blossoms come and go so quickly that there is an awe in the power of it's beauty. We hope you will enjoy the beautiful redness of the Kabazaiku, a redness not to be found elsewhere.  
 
                             
 
 
 
 
 
    Interesting Incense   
 

These incense were created by a company which makes Buddhist altars for household use in an attempt to reach the younger generations and perhaps create an interest in honoring one's ancestors.                                                                                                                                                         We however, are only interested in sharing the different ways of enjoying these incense, whether it be for smell, interior decoration, etc...

 

 

 

    Yakushima's Japanese Cedar Tree (Yakusugi) Handicraft  

Cedar (Sugi), being straight, light and easy to use, has been popular since the Jomon Period (700-300B.C.) , and therefore not many natural cedar forests remain today.

The forests of Yakushima contain the largest remaining community of Yakusugi and Sugi in Japan. They have been recognized as a World Heritage Site and are a vital element of Japan's natural landscape. The endemic Yakusugi is a highly valued habitant. 

The average life of Sugi trees are around 500 years, but over 2000 year old Yakusugi can be found on Yakushima. Limited nutrients in the granite coupled with highly pure water leads to a very slow and long growth period. The lumber quality of this slowly growing Yakusugi is fine and has a high resin content which is said to help prevent rotting, leading to a longer lifespan. Although growth is slow, the longer lifespan leads to the growth of giant Sugi.

 

 

 

    Hakone Wooden Mosaic Handicraft    

Kanagawa Prefecture's Hakone is famous for it's natural hot springs, but the mountains of Hakone are also known for the extremely numerous different varieties of trees that exist there. The vast variety of timber allows for many different natural colors to be collected and used to create fabulous geometric patterns. The products produced using this wooden mosaic craft style also make Hakone famous because of it's one of a kind woodcraft not to be found anywhere else in Japan. 

Every year at New Year's, Japan holds the Hakone Collegiate long-distance relay race over two days. The first day is from Tokyo to Hakone. The second day from Hakone back to Tokyo. The trophy for the winners of the first day is well known for being made using Hakone Wooden Mosaic Handicraft.

 

 
    KAZAN Collection

KAZAN is the brand name given to the collection of small sized leather &
Kinran kimono fabric accessories created by Degner, a Kyoto-based motorcycle company.

Kinran kimono fabric has been used since the Momoyama Period, and the
coupling of this traditional fabric with leather has shown the many new
possibilities that can be in these modern times. Kyoto has a long history
and has influenced Japanese culture in many beautiful ways. This collection
is another example of just that. The possibility of a higher cultural world
is upon us.

 

 

    Kaishi

Kaishi (懐紙) literally means "portable paper". Back when kimonos were the normal daily attire, everyone carried Kaishi tucked into their kimono belts. Kaishi were the equivalent to today's pocket tissue, handkerchief, memo pad, etc... They were considered to be something you could not live without. 

Kaishi can be used conveniently for many different purposes even today and we urge everyone, male and female, to give them a try. 

Some common uses include :  as a placemat or napkin at mealtime, as a coaster when having drinks, as lace paper placed on a plate, in place of an envelope to fold or wrap-up money, letters, etc...in, as notepaper, and so on and so on. Kaishi can handle any task that involves writing, wiping, or wrapping. This makes it very unique when compared with other "papers".

You are sure to come up with some original uses of your own when you are carrying Kaishi around with you. In these days of overwhelming numbers of products, we invite you to use Kaishi and lighten your load.

 

  

     Beppu Takezaiku

Long ago, as the hot springs of Beppu became well known, many afflicted people gathered seeking treatment and cures. Everyday necessity products made from bamboo were sold to those whose treatment had them stay over long periods of time. 

Madake (scientific name: Phyllostachys Bambusoides) is the type of bamboo used in making Takezaiku. A 32% share of Japan's Madake market makes Oita Prefecture the largest producer in the country. With such an abundance available, bamboo craft is flourishing to a historic proportion. 

Using the highest quality of  Madake from Oita Prefecture, Beppu Takezaiku consists mainly of baskets (flower baskets, fruit baskets, etc...) while other daily products, fashion bags, and interior light fixtures manufactured using Green Bamboo are widely becoming more and more popular.

 

 

    Sasebo Koma

From long long ago, Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture is well known for it's Sasebo Koma (Sasebo Top).

The Sasebo Koma is now a registered traditional handicraft of Nagasaki Prefecture. Compared to other koma in Japan, the Sasebo Koma is unique, sometimes being referred to as "The Fighting Top".

It's shape is known as "Rakkyou" (Shallot) shaped. It's point is hammered into a unique sharp "sword", which when used in "Fighting Tops" can break or blast away the opponent's koma. Just as a katana (samurai sword) is necessary to a warrior, the "sword" of the koma is necessary to Sasebo Koma.

Another unique characteristic is that the Sasebo Koma is held upside down when throwing, and it will stand itself up. This is very rare among Japanese Koma.

This traditional handicraft, as a toy, can be enjoyed by those of all ages. It can also be enjoyed as a piece of art.

 
   Inden 

Inden is a traditional handcraft made from deer hide that has been lacquered with various designs. Inden originates from Koshu City in Yamanashi Prefecture and has been around since the Edo Period.

Surrrounded by mountains on all sides, Yamanashi Prefecture has long been producing goods using deer hide. Since long ago in Japan there has always been a healthy population of deer roaming the country. Koshu was wise in their use of what nature had provided them.

Deer hide being soft to the touch as well as being light, yet durable, was used by samurai and warlords dating back to the Sengoku Period. It was used in various armors and articles of clothing. The lacquer made the hide waterproof, which was extremely useful. The warriors had various designs lacquered onto their armor. This was considered to be "cool" and became very popular. Thus the handicraft of Inden lives on even today. 

From it's various uses during the Edo Period to the more popular uses of today (wallets, tobacco pouches, etc..), this traditional handicraft is one that we will always cherish and preserve.

 




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