The red of the nanten tree shines brightly in the all-white winter garden.
This is a Yuzen-dyed panel produced by the same method used to make Kaga Yuzen kimonos. We are seeking for an expression of yuzen not only to be worn and enjoyed, but also to enrich modern life as an interior decoration.
We will convey to you the casual gestures of the four seasons in Japan, along with the taste of the dyeing process.
|Country of origin||Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Size||W4.72 * H5.31 in. (W12 * H13.5cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||Please note that the gold leaf may peel off due to friction.
Please avoid storing in an airtight space with high humidity.
|Note||Frame and stand are not included.
It can be hung in a ready-made frame.
The photo shows a framed image.
It is backed with fabric dyed in Kaga Yuzen and mounted on thick paper.
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
The entire process is carried out by one person with expert skills.
Some no Shiki
- Kaga Yuzen
- Kenzo Makino
Inheriting 500 years of tradition
1956 Born in Toyama City
1975 Worked on Kyoto Yuzen designs in Kyoto
1977 Introduced to Kaga Yuzen artist Yusui Toku
1987 Became an independent artist
2008 Certified as a traditional craftsman
I have been making Kaga Yuzen for 40 years. I have been making Kaga Yuzen for 40 years now.
I have been making products other than kimonos in search of new expressions.
Please feel the beauty of nature in your daily life.
Possibilities other than Kimono
The production of Kaga Yuzen is a division of labor divided into more than a dozen processes, including the creation of designs, preliminary sketches, glue placement, coloring, and ground dyeing.
For this reason, many craftsmen are generally involved in the production.
I, however, create all the processes by myself.
In particular, I focus on the expression of blurring, which is a characteristic of Kaga Yuzen, and pursue my technique.
The luxury of Kaga Yuzen's unique blur
Today, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to wear kimonos in Japan.
However, it would be a shame to lose the Kaga Yuzen technique.
In order to preserve the traditional technique that has lasted for 500 years, I am challenging myself to create products other than kimonos.
Please take a look at my products.
Selected for the National Exhibition of Traditional Crafts
Selected three times for the Exhibition of Traditional Crafts of Ishikawa
Three times for the Bronze Prize at the Exhibition of Traditional Kaga Yuzen Crafts
The Governor of Ishikawa Prize at the Exhibition of New Kaga Yuzen 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.