A portable tokonoma. The tokonoma is a space where Japanese culture is concentrated and where paintings and ornaments are displayed. The furniture inherits the meaning and use of this space. It is a space where you can display your favourite things and create a sense of harmony. Japanese paper is covered with a skilled technique to let in light gently. The beauty of the material is enhanced by the natural beauty and strength of the design, which imitates the lightweight and strong honeycomb structure.
A disaster box as a piece of furniture for everyday use. In addition to being simple and sturdy, it has a lovely design made of wood. It blends in with your everyday life and is not forgotten when the time comes. It can also be used as a chair so that it is always visible. It can be used to store emergency supplies, and the wood’s ability to regulate humidity protects them. This disaster prevention box is made by Toyama’s furniture craftsmen, using Toyama’s wood, and inheriting the traditional culture of Toyama.
A mask band that reduces the load on the ears by utilizing the elasticity and braiding technique of braided cord. In addition, we have developed a braid made of three types of yarn: light-storing yarn, anti-bacterial yarn and pure silk. It glows in the dark, inhibits the formation of bacteria and is gentle on the skin. The original role of kumihimo was to fasten the obi of a kimono. Kumihimo originally played an important role in dressing the kimono and enhancing the appearance of the kimono, and we have reproduced this role when wearing a mask. From “for Kimono” to “for Mask”
A tin shoehorn that can be freely shaped. The 100% pure tin is so soft that it can be bent by hand to fit your shoes and feet, allowing you to put on your shoes quickly and comfortably. In additon, it is also resistant to cracking and rusting, which means that it will last for many years. With a thickness of only 1.5mm, it is very portable and easy to carry around. Takaoka copperware has a history of 400 years in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture. Nohsaku, which inherits the traditional casting technique, produces this product.
A cast iron stepper that makes you want to step on every day. The design takes advantage of the freedom of casting to create a comfortable step.KUWANA IMONO has a history of 400 years in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture. The craftsmen of ITOGEN Foundry, who inherit this traditional technique, handcrafted each one. Everything from the raw materials to the coating is made in Japan, and each piece is handmade. A cast iron stepper that is sturdy, resistant to shifting and fungus.
A wooden dumbbell, a collaboration between a bat maker and a furniture maker. The craftsmen of Nanto City in Toyama Prefecture, Japan’s largest bat production area, have collaborated on this project. These wooden dumbbells can be beautifully displayed in the house and can be easily exercised when you have time. You can enjoy the warmth and touch of the wood while exercising, and the simple design will fit in with your life.
This vessel is designed to enjoy sake and coffee with the flickering flame expression of Yamanaka Lacquerware’s Murakumo-nuri. Each piece of Murakumo-nuri is unique and there is no two pieces are alike. Furthermore, Yamanaka Lacquerware’s woodworking techniques have created a gentle drinking mouth and a curved shape bottom. It can be swirled, and by exposing it to air, the taste and aroma of sake or wine can be changed. The movement created by the swaying expression and shape of the Murakumo-nuri gives a sense of healing.
A Hanger for drying and decorating masks. The Corona disaster has led to a surge in demand for non-woven and cloth masks. However, there were no tools to wash and dry the masks for repeated use. So we designed a mask hanger using the wire processing technology. The mask hanger can hang up to four masks and can be used for decoration. The material used is 99.9% pure copper, which has excellent antibacterial properties, durability and beauty.
An accessory tray to protect and beautifully display your precious items. The golden colour of the igusa “Ryubin Omote” reflects the light and makes it appear brighter, enhancing the objects on display. This golden colour will not change over the years. This colour is produced by drying in the sun for several months. Ryubin Omote is a kind of tatami mat, which has a role to brighten up the tokonoma (alcove) and to enhance the decorations. This is an accessory tray which inherits this meaning and role. This tray is made by Yamane Shoten, a craftsman of Ryubin Omote, which has been in business for 143 years. There are only four Ryubin Omote craftsmen in Japan, so we can say that this is a rare Japanese traditional technique.
An apple object, made by a Hina doll craftsman. We wanted to give people more opportunities to display Edo kimekomi doll throughout the year, not just at Sekku. That’why this apple is produced to be displayed every day. The apple is shaped like an upside-down doll, and when pushed, it shakes without falling over. The apple is loved all over the world as a symbol of peace and love, and as a good luck charm, it makes a great gift. It is made by Edo kimekomi doll craftsmen who mainly make Hina dolls and May dolls. The materials used are Nishijin-Ori and Kanazawa-Haku, and the three traditional crafts have collaborated to make this lucky charm.