We have created a gorgeous hairpin that is perfect for a casual gift in collaboration with various craftsmen.
"Cotton pearl", which has been prized as a lucky charm, will color you with a noble and beautiful shine.
"Oda-maki", which has a beautiful brilliance of silk, is also regarded as a "lucky item with uninterrupted edges" because one thread is wound in a circular shape without breaks and the beginning and end of the thread are unknown. I did.
With such an origin in mind, this item is a modern remake of the hairpin.
There are various colors, but it is recommended to choose and coordinate one color used for kimonos and dresses.
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Material||Silk, gold leaf|
|Size||Φ0.79" × 5.91"(Φ2.0 * 15.0cm)|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
"Lucky charm" that can be used anytime
- Odamaki / Kanazawa Metal Leaf
- Kaori Nishimura
From my grandfather I inherited the knowledge of "Manufacturing"
I graduated from Kyoto Art and Design University in 2009 and since then I have been engaged in traditional craft industry as a craftworker of Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing.
As a craftworker of Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing, I saw the problem of the successor faced by Japanese traditional industries and the decline in demand due to the change in lifestyle, "I can not survive without product development capability and sales force in future times" I realized that.
So I changed my mind, I moved to a venture company that develops traditional crafts products and sells the Internet and learned the know-how of product creation.
And in 2016, we set up a new company with the goal of "revitalizing Japanese traditional craft industry through manufacturing".
At that time, I inherited the name of the iron workshop "八廣製作所 (Yahiro works)" which my grandfather used to start up, and made it the company name "八尋製作所 (Yahiro works)".
My grandfather was already deceased but my grandfather was born in Hachibe-gun, Hachibu-gun, Tottori Prefecture, a person who loves kanji "Hachi (八)".
"八 (hachi)" is an auspicious kanji that is "Good luck spreads", meaning "spreading" also in "尋 (hiro)".
"八廣 (Yahiro)" is an ironworks factory and the field is different from traditional crafting, but I felt that I chose the way of manufacturing was influenced by a great-grandfather who was a grandfather and a painter, I inherited the name "八尋 (Yahiro)".
I would like to explore the way of manufacturing, so that we can touch the baton of manufacturing making the grandfather inherited from my grandfather to the next generation.
Interestingness of "Lucky charm" which put "meaning" in each one
This "KAGASEO Kanzashi" series developed this time is a product that combines the gorgeous gilt craft technique and silk Oda roll.
It can be adapted to coordination of casual play clothes.
Golden leaf has been used for luck as an luck for a long time, as a Buddhist tool and a sacred tool.
"Cotton pearl" which gave such luxurious gold leaf gives a noble and beautiful sparkle.
Cotton pearl, Kyoto craftworkers who inherited the traditional techniques, carefully stamped one by one.
In addition, the silk shine is beautiful, Oda roll which has been used for kimono has a single thread wound in a circle regularly without breaks.
Therefore, "Lucky charm" is said to be "Lucky goes on" because you do not know the start and end of the thread.
In addition, the circle is a form representing the universe and harmony in the world of Zen.
As well as how to make and shape, like this "Lucky charm" is put in the meaning, so it is a gem that is very pleased as well as being used for yourself as well as for your own use.
By bringing one color used for kimonos and clothes around your face, you can beautifully summarize the overall coordination, so please choose your favorite color by all means.
Feel the charm of Kyoto, the charm of traditional Japanese crafts
Kyoto is a city of Japanese culture and is also a city of traditional crafts of Japan that has supported the culture.
Many craftsmen hold a workshop in the town and craftworkers of the same industry gather in the area, so it is common to see that it is a place name as it is.
However, at present, the number of craftworkers continues to decrease due to a decrease in demand due to a change in lifestyle, departure from religion, culture separation, traditional crafts itself is declining.
Many Japanese people have come to witness that culture is easily broken, such as tatami room, pottery dishes, kimono, etc.
I like kimono, learn dyeing and fascination with the world of crafting, and I am producing products for exciting such traditional craft industry.
By all means, please get the item of "Lucky charm I make" in hand, please fully appreciate the charm of Kyoto, the charm of traditional Japanese crafts.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.