Authentic crafts delivered directly from traditional Japanese studios


Jul 28, 2022

Shimatani Shouryu Studio|Metal magic that only one kid of the family can inherit (Takaoka Casting)

Shimatani Shouryu Studio is a manufacturer of Buddhist "Orin" bells since the Edo period (1603-1868) in Takaoka City,...

Apr 7, 2022

Ichiro Kikuta|The Cycle of Life in Ink brush painting

The studio of ink brush painter Ichiro Kikuta is located in Kunigamison, the northernmost part of Okinawa, in an area...

Mar 28, 2022

Osaka Suzuki|Embodying the "Beauty of Use” (Osaka Naniwa Suzuki)

Tin was first introduced to Japan about 1300 years ago. Since then, it has been used for sake and tea utensils and pr...

Mar 9, 2022

Mitsuwa Glass|Breathing New Life into the Edo Kiriko World (Edo Kiriko)

Edo Kiriko (“faceted glass from Edo”) has been a traditional craft since the Edo period. Mitsuwa Glass, e...

Mar 1, 2022

Suzuki Morihisa Studio|400 years of tradition and innovation (Nanbu Tekki)

Suzuki Morihisa Studio, located in Morioka City, is a long-established manufacturer of Nanbu Tekki that has been in b...

Feb 17, 2022

Lacquerware Kunimoto|The lustrous sheen of lacquer (Takaoka Lacquerware)

Lacquerware has been a part of the Japanese dining table for centuries. Lacquerware is constituted by vessels and ute...

Feb 9, 2022

Yamada Glass Works|Beautiful patterns engraved on glass (Edo Kiriko)

Edo Kiriko (“faceted glass from Edo”) is designated as a traditional craft by the Japanese government and...

Feb 2, 2022

Momentum Factory Orii|One and only color, born of Metal (Takaoka Copperware)

Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture – where Takaoka copperware, a traditional craft since the Edo period, is prod...

Jan 27, 2022

NOUSAKU|Open up the future of casting with a new sensibility (Takaoka Casting)

NOUSAKU is a cast metal manufacturer founded in 1916 in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, a town known for craftmanshi...

Jan 19, 2022

AWASAKE|Japanese Sake with sparkling delicate bubbles

Japanese traditional food culture, knows as “Washoku”, is attracting attention from around the world afte...

Jan 13, 2022

Washiya|Beautiful designs created by Washi sommelier (Echizen Washi)

“Washiya Sugihara Shoten” a washi wholesaler was established in 1871 in Echizen, a town known as the larg...

Jan 11, 2022

Yoshiaki Imamura|Ceramic artist, exploring the unknown

Yoshiaki Imamura creates objects and vessels with his own unique world view. Imamura's creations are not limited to t...
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