There's a luxury to being able to use and nurture quality items for a long time.
At the age of 29, I became an apprentice to a master craftsman who was a living national treasure, and since then I have been a dedicated craftsman.
I would like to draw your attention to the beauty of the wood grain.
I take great care to ensure that when the wood shrinks in the future, there will be no distortions.
This is a very unique sake cup that you won't find elsewhere.
Enjoy your sake in this cup for an elegant taste that the Yoshino cedar wood adds to it.
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Technique||Kyo Sashimono (Joinery)|
|Material||Yoshino Cedar, Silver|
|Size||W1.97 * D1.97 * H2.36 in. (W5.0*D5.0*H6.0cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||No use of electronic devices.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 2-3 weeks)|
The entire process is created by one person.
- Kyo Sashimono (Joinery)
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Meet Japan's Living National Treasures
I have been studying under Mr. Kiyotsugu Nakagawa, a living national treasure of "woodcraft" for 7 years since 2002, learning the art of making vats and barrels as a craftsman.
I still remember how impressed and numb I was the moment I first saw my master at work.
At first, I was not even called an apprentice, and I was 29 years old, which was a late start for a craftsman, so I worked very hard to devote myself to my work.
In 2009, I became independent and established my own workshop, Okeya Kondo, in Kyoto.
I carry out the entire production process by myself.
Using high quality Japanese cedar and sawara, each tub is handcrafted one by one, and is characterized by its clean appearance and beautiful wood grain.
This is an excellent product that can be used for a long time.
The pure appearance, the beauty of the wood grain.
My sashimono products are made without any painting, respecting the texture of the white wood.
For this reason, they are characterized by the clean appearance of the material and the beauty of the wood grain.
With the spread of plastic and enamel technology, tubs have become less of a daily necessity and more of a craft, and the number of tub makers in Kyoto alone has dwindled from about 300 to only a few.
To ensure that the tubs can be used for decades to come, I am very particular about the selection of the wood, and spend less than a year preparing the materials according to the changes of the seasons.
Because of its simple structure, it is made so that it can continue to be used while being repaired and maintained.
Get your hands on a favorite piece that will last a lifetime.
A product that can be used continuously because of its simplicity
These days, many people are probably not used to seeing a tub in their daily lives.
However, there are many long-time fans of our products who have been using them for a long time and want us to repair them or recreate the same ones for them.
Because of its simplicity, the tub is easy to use, and with maintenance, it can be used for a lifetime.
The elegant Kyoto tubs with lightly rounded surfaces are light and you can feel the craftsman's attention to detail when you touch them with your hands.
The materials used for the taggers, such as silver, copper, and bamboo, will become shiny and beautiful over time if used well for many years.
I hope that you will enjoy using our products for many years to come.
2016 "Kyo Sashimono" Traditional Craftsman
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.