Hokuyo Glass Co., Ltd. creates glass products using glassblowing techniques cultivated in the production of glass floats, and currently, the company produces Tsugaru Vidro, designated as a traditional craft of Aomori Prefecture. We visit the Hokuyo Glass company workshop, situated on the bank of the Shinjo River.
KOKU Type A (Toyama), Black with gold lacquer decoration
Kanemitsu. Co. Ltd.
Ojiya Chijimi bag
Taking its roots from an old Edo shop, Bekko Isogai was started as an independent company in 1975, working in the traditional craft of Edo tortoiseshell. We visited the studio at Kameido, in Tokyo’s old downtown area, not far from the Skytree, to talk to Minoru and Tsuyoshi Isogai.
Purasu Industrial Co.,ltd is a manufacturer of audio speaker diaphragms, located near the Abe River that flows through the city of Shizuoka. We spoke to the company president, Tsukasa Osuga, about the background and processes involved in the company’s exciting new moves.
Not far from the Kyoto Imperial Palace is a section of town known for its textiles and dyed fabrics. Here, the members of Kurokashi Kobo are breathing fresh life into top-quality silks while creating never-before-seen value in the kimono world. We spoke with the president of the company, Harumi Tomita, about the “kimono renaissance” she and her team are creating by merging traditional craftsmanship with modern sensibilities.
KOBE MATCH CO.,LTD. was founded in the Himeji area in 1929. The idea for a stick of incense that could be lit like a match was the impetus for a collaborative development project with Daihatsu, an incense manufacturer located on Awaji Island. After about three years of trial and error testing, the team finally created this match-head incense stick. We spoke with Masafumi Sagayama, representative director of Kobe Match.
We spoke with Takeshi Sato, managing director of Niigata Investment Casting Co., Ltd. (the company responsible for developing the Naroi material used to make the pots), and Kaori Hoshina at Sato Wax Co., Ltd., which handles everything from sales to promotional activities for L’hirondelle products.