The gourd is a lucky motif that is associated with the wish for a good harvest, as the gourd bears fruit in a bell-like pattern.
This is a business card case with one pocket on the back of the cover and one on the front of the body.
The simple and lean design makes it perfect for business occasions.
It is a high-grade traditional craft made of smooth deerskin with a pattern in colored lacquer.
The auspicious gourd pattern makes it ideal for celebrating employment or starting a business.
|Manufacturer||J.Flavor * INDEN-YA|
|Country of origin||Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||KOUSHU Inden (Lacquered Deersdkin Crafts)|
|Material||Deer leather, lacquer, vinyl lining|
|Size||W4.33 * D0.51 * H2.76 in. (W11 * D1.3 * H7cm)|
Avoid direct sunlight and high temperatures or humidity when storing the lacquer ware, as it may lose its luster if exposed to sunlight (ultraviolet rays) over time.
The lacquer or pattern may peel off in parts if the piece is bent strongly or if it comes in contact with hard objects.
Cracks may occur during the processing.
About deer leather
Please enjoy the original texture of deer leather
The surface of the leather may be damaged during use or when scrapped.
Due to the different nature of each piece, there will be slight differences in color tones due to the dip-dyeing process. Also, uneven coloring may occur in some areas.
The color may discolor or fade in sunlight or strong lighting over time.
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 2-3 weeks)|
Techniques passed down from one generation to the next for 400 years
INDEN-YA YUSHICHI UEHARA
- KOUSHU Inden(Lacquered Deersdkin Crafts）
- Yushichi Uehara
A favorite of the fashionable people of Edo
Inden-ya originally started as a group of craftsmen who made armors under the castle in Uehara, Suwa.
Later, the company moved to Koshu and was founded in 1582.
Koshu Inden" began with the creation of a unique technique of applying patterns with lacquer to deerskin.
The name "Inden" is an abbreviation of "Indo-den" and is said to have originated from the use of deerskin imported from the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century.
During the Edo period , a peaceful world without warfare was prevailing, and the lives of common people became more comfortable, attracting attention to fashionable and chic things.
Various techniques of Inden were nurtured and blossomed, from ancient Japanese auspicious designs to Indian chintz patterns.
At Inden-ya, the technique has been handed down only by the patriarch as a secret method for over 400 years.
However, in order to keep the fire of traditional craftsmanship alive and to further spread it, it is now widely open to the public.
A secret method by the blessings of nature
Koshu Inden is a craft that combines the raw material deerskin, which is a blessing of nature, lacquer, and patterns as expression.
The process involves placing a hand-carved pattern on dyed deerskin and brushing it with lacquer to apply the pattern.
The patterns are based on motifs of the changing seasons and nature, which Japanese people have cherished since ancient times.
Lacquer is derived from the words "enrich" and "beautiful", and as time goes by, it becomes more lustrous and its color and texture deepen.
It was our distant ancestor, Yushichi Uehara, who first introduced this lacquer into the production of Inden.
Every process requires skill and intuition, and it is said that it takes three years to master the art of lacquering.
This traditional technique has been passed down from generation to generation.
Feel the harmony of deerskin and lacquer
Koshu Inden was created by Yushichi Uehara, who invented a unique technique of applying lacquer to deerskin.
Deerskin has long been a favorite of the Japanese people, and lacquer adds a touch of glamorous beauty.
Both materials have been loved by the Japanese people.
The harmony created by these two natural materials and the unique texture that develops as the item is used more and more.
It became the focus of attention among the fashionable and stylish people of Edo.
The traditional technique has further evolved with the times to create new Inden.
The harmony between the soft and light deerskin and the lacquer, the color of which changes with time.
We hope you will take one in your hand and feel it for yourself.
1987 Designated as a traditional craft by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Bringing the value of "Japan's hidden talent" to more people
Bringing smiles to the local community, to the world, and to society.
We, J Flavor, are a craft production group that creates new value by combining the various talents that Japan possesses in terms of tradition, technology, and sensitivity.
We want people all over the world to know the talent that Japan.
Through the value of Japanese products, we aim to create a society where everyone has a smile.
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.