• TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.12.2014

    Okinawa BingataHaberu

    Okinawa is Japan's southernmost peaceful Island.
    “Hoosel", which make and sell local handmade accesorries, and its sister store “Katachiki” ,which adapt those accessories into today’s fashion item using Bingata method of dyeing developed in Okinawa , collaborated and opened new accessories brand “HABERU” in Okinawa.
    HABERU means “butterfly" from archaic Okinawan word.
    HABERU was named after for a couple of reasons. One reason is association from butterfly tie which is their feature product and the other reasons was desire wishing that Okinawan craftsmanship were spread through the people just like butterflies flying from flower to flower. That is where HABERU came from.
    “I'm happay if I can have many more people know what we make, and have an interest in Okinawa itself through our products.” Mr. Kanae ,representative of HABERU, said.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.12.2014

    Okinawa WeavingShiyon

    SHIYON has weaved a number of pieces of textile which is vivid and useful for our daily life.
    However, all their works are not made without a traditional weaving method inherited for 600 years.
    They always try to generate brand-new values through its history.
    "Research the past to develop new ideas"
    That is what they do value.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.11.2014

    Okinawa BingataKatachiki

    Bingata is traditional dyeing technique which has been used for roughly 500 years in Ryukyu Kingdom.
    Only royal/warrior class is allowed to put on clothing and accessary dyed in Bingata.
    In 1871, Ryukyu Kingdom was abolished (and replaced with Okinawa Prefecture in 1879) by Meiji Japanese Government which enforced its new law called Haihan-chiken, the establishment of prefectures in place of feudal domains; as a result, Bingata declined gradually.
    In addition, all the historical buildings, culture of crafts, valuable reference about Ryukyu Kingdom were lost due to World War II.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.13.2014

    Okinawa PotteryCoCoCo

    Mr. Masashi Yokoi wasn’t interested in pottery in the beginning. He worked as a designer in Tokyo, and was involved in digital device with touch panel. He did business with major companies and didn’t have opportunity to meet small customers, and he believed ceramic engineering could enable him to deliver products to customers and receive their feedbacks directly.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / Sep.13.2014

    Kanagawa Kamakura BoriSansuido

    Have you ever heard the name of the city “Kamakura”?
    Kamakura, located near Tokyo, is the birthplace of Japan’s first military government at the end of 12th century.
    Kamakura is a popular destination for tourists who are fascinated by its historical elements and rich Samurai culture.
    Kamakura-bori (Kamakura sculpture), a lacquered craftwork was born from such a unique culture.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / Jul.31.2014

    Okayama Glass ArtHiroy Glass

    Bizen, a city in the Okayama prefecture of Japan, is the birthplace of Bizen-yaki (known as Bizen pottery).
    In this famous “city of pottery” lies a glass studio run by Hiroi Hanaoka, a glass artist born and bred there.
    “I didn’t think that I would become a glass artist,” he admitted.
    When he came to decide his future career, however, he made up his mind to study ceramics in Kurashiki-city.
    “I wanted to make something,” he shared.
    During university, he was exposed to and got delighted by the “glass arts”.
    He believed he was destined to make glassware.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / May.14.2014

    Okayama Furniture of BambooTEORI

    Bamboo is an ideal material for furniture.
    Not only is it hard, sturdy and elastic but it is also resistant to insects and moisture.
    In addition, Bamboo grows up extremely fast compared to cedars and cypress, and takes only 3 years to reach a maturity stage like that of timber.
    As the bamboo produces new shoots without the need for replanting, it is considered an eco-friendly and renewable resource.
    Most important of all, however, is that bamboo is simply beautiful. With its wood grain patterns, the bamboo plywood has the elegant joints like those found in cane.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / May.13.2014

    Okayama Blue BizenBlue Bizen

    Bizen-yaki, a kind of earthenware, is one of the oldest types of pottery in Japan.
    Inbe is the birthplace of Bizen-yaki.
    As soon as you start to wonder around the town, you can find a number of potteries and studios lined up.
    There are stoneware crammed together in every storefront, chimneys from kilns facing the sky, and unique walls made of earthenware pipe and pieces of potteries.
    Blue Bizen, the pottery studio we are going to introduce to you, is located among rows of these houses and streets.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / May.13.2014

    Okayama BizenyakiKiko Ando

    Bizen-yaki is stoneware that has evolved around the Bizen province in Okayama prefecture, and which has the longest history, with six remaining kilns in Japan. Bizen-yaki are identifiable by the clay color and the absence of glaze.
    Fired without glaze at a high-temperature, the texture of the clay stands out on the product.
    The pattern of the surface is totally dependent on the component of the clay and the firing process.
    Although potters take into account these effects by the specific placement of pieces and by regulating the amount of falling residual ashes, fire sometimes causes unexpected changes and surprising results on the stoneware.

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  • TAKUMI INTERVIEW / Jul.22.2014

    Kagawa ShikkiShinko Kougei

    Kagawa is the smallest prefecture in Japan.
    However, they have many traditional crafts, which have predominated in Japan until now.
    Kagawa Shikki (Kagawa Lacquer Ware) is one of the most famous handcrafts.
    In the early Edo era, 1638, Yorishige Matsudaira became a landlord and was well versed to lacquer and carving. This enhanced the development of the local industry.
    There are 4 main techniques to the Kagawa Shikki, which are “Goto”, “Choshitsu”, “Zonsei” and “Kinma”. Shinko Kogei’s specialty is “Kinma”.

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