Onigawara, which has a history of 1400 years, has protected Japanese houses and families since ancient times as an amulet and amulet. However, the number of houses where onigawara can be displayed on the roof is decreasing. Therefore, in order to match the modern architectural style, we created a product that realized the novel idea of "Onigawara to decorate the room".
~ Demon Master Akihiko Hattori ~
The demon face that seals common sense and reminds us of a new world view
even the god of Bali. I am conscious of a stateless and familiar character. While retaining the traditional demon-faced features symbolically, the decorations such as beads have been omitted. By pursuing simplicity, it is a work that gives off a unique presence.
|Country of origin||Aichi Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||Sanshu Onigawara Crafts|
|Material||Roof tile, walnut|
|Size||5.51" * 7.87" * 1.02"(14.0*20.0*2.6cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||Comes in a paulownia wood box. Please do not touch the onigawara with your bare hands when you take it out of the box. It can be mounted both on the wall and installed.|
|Note||The product is in a paulownia box. Please do not touch orge mask with bare hands. It is possible to install both [wall hanging] and [stationery]. You can fix with plaster iron that is included even with gypsum board wall without base.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Create works with flexible ideas
The third generation of the 80-year-old Onigawara studio "Kito". While working on all kinds of onigawara from private houses to restoration of cultural properties, product development in new fields is underway in collaboration with the Japan Industrial Designers Association.
Solid technology and innovative sense
From the track record of providing works to buildings and temples that can be said to be symbols of Japan, such as the Imperial Palace, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Izumo Taisha, his ability as a demon teacher is origami.
It was the daily training that built it, and the sense that was cultivated by actively touching the works of our predecessors.
I often get inspiration from things around me and things I encountered while traveling, and flexible thinking is the driving force for creating new works.
Creating works starts with creating tools
The right person in the right place.
Use different tools depending on the purpose, such as gold spatula if you want to polish it beautifully, and bamboo spatula if you want a rough finish.
Since the finish differs depending on the material, we often create special tools depending on the work we produce.
A fusion of traditional and contemporary sensibilities
The motto is "Look and remember." Although he has a career of about 15 years as a demon teacher, he has seen and absorbed various works and techniques that are not limited to demon tiles.
Its strength is that it has both solid technology as a demon teacher and an innovative sense.
For the tile culture to be reviewed
My dream is to work on historical buildings such as temples and shrines, and to review Japanese tile culture.
It is also a mission.
"In some cases, the tiles will be modified 100 years later.
At that time, I would be happy if the tiles had my name engraved on them."-
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.