It is a very popular beckoning cat using Nishijin-ori!
Traditional craftsman Toko Kakinuma uses Swarovski crystals for his eyes, power stones for bells, and Nishijin-ori and enamel for his body.
By incorporating materials that were not found in conventional wood-grained dolls, we have created a beckoning cat that is even more cute and charming.
It is a very pleasing item for opening celebrations and gifts for opening celebrations.
|Country of origin||Saitama Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||Edo Art Dolls|
|Material||Yuzen, high-performance resin|
|Size||S: H3.94" * W2.56" * D2.17"(S: H10.0*W6.5*D5.5cm)|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Transforming Edo Kimekomi Dolls From Seasonal Ornaments Into Everyday Items
- Est. 1950
- Edo Kimekomi
- Toko Kakinuma
Over 60 Years of Edo Kimekomi Dollmaking Experience
Kakinuma Dolls was established in Tokyo in 1950, primarily making dolls for traditional seasonal festivals using Edo Kimekomi techniques. When the company’s second-generation owner, Toko Kakinuma, took over, he moved the workshop to the city of Koshigaya in Saitama Prefecture. Today, Kakinuma Dolls employs over 30 artisan dollmakers.
Toko Kakinuma, who is an officially-designated traditional craftsperson, has received many accolades for his work that keeps the tradition of Edo Kimekomi alive. At the same time, he’s constantly searching for new ways to bring the craft into the modern day. Kakinuma Dolls’ “maneki neko” beckoning cat dolls, which have been in production since 1995, are one example of those efforts. Made using traditional techniques, they have proven popular both in Japan and abroad.
In 2016, the maneki neko dolls were included in The Wonder 500 selection under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Cool Japan strategy, which looks for Japan’s hidden regional treasures and presents them to the world.
Quality That Only Toko Kakinuma Can Deliver
Kakinuma Dolls is dedicated to creating products that will continue to be loved by customers 10, 20, and many more years later. One of their strategies for achieving that is collaborating with producers around the world using, for example, Nishijin and Italian fabrics for their maneki neko dolls and applying Aizu lacquerware techniques to their Kimekomi trays. By combining their expertise with other traditional crafts and industries, Kakinuma Dolls has managed to create a new, one-of-a-kind style of dollmaking.
The maneki neko fengshui series are particularly popular as gifts. Each color represents something different, with red attracting good health, gold economic fortune, peach good luck, and so on. This allows buyers to choose the right doll for the right gift recipient.
Message to Customers
Delivering Authentic Products That Are Worth More Than Their Price
In accordance with the saying that “technology is continuous innovation,” Kakinuma Dolls continuously endeavors to create new products using the techniques it has fostered over the years.
Every single day, they strive to deliver authentic products that are worth more than their price. They hope that by buying their products, you’ll experience the kind of joy and warmth that only handcrafted items can offer. Kakinuma Dolls will continue to pursue their dream of one day making “kimekomi” a common word heard all the time, not just in Japan, but around the world.
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.