In Amami Oshima, the home of Honba Amami-Oshima Tsumugi textiles that boast 1,300 years of history, Hajime Shoji, while carrying on the traditions as a weaving company for seven generations, has now embarked on the bold challenge of stepping up to the new stage for Oshima Tsumugi.
Official Kendama Ozora
Yamagata Koubou Co.,Ltd
Awaji Island Koh-shi "Four seasons"
Hyogo Prefecture Incense Cooperative
Long Necklace, Bracelet, Pierced Earrings
Maruyoshi Kosaka Wood & Urushi Works has been disseminating information on its new efforts such as those related to lacquer glass and woodwork furniture in Kisohirasawa since the 1990s. We visited the company's gallery and workshop and asked the staff about the evolving lacquerware and woodwork.
ROoRING GSK is the creator of Karakuri® Weave, an all-new, original textile woven from dyed thread based on the kasuri technique, and the company continues to develop their brands by creating highly unique items. We visited their workshop situated in the town of Tachiarai, surrounded by the peaceful countryside.
In 2016, Arita celebrated 400 years of the Arita ware industry, and it is in the shopping plaza of this town where the Kinshodo Corporation is located. We visited Kinshodo to discuss their work, traveling around the potteries and akae (iron-red overglaze enamel) workshops that support the Arita ware industry.
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.
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.