PROJECT

CLOTHING

Yotsuya Sanei

Zori, Japanese sandals are made using a base with a thong strap. The process of putting the thong through the base, known as suge in Japanese, is the key to deciding how the sandals feel when worn. When performed by a talented craftsman, the thongs are ma...

Yotsuya Sanei

Hirose Dyeworks

Founded in 1918, Hirose Dyeworks has specialized in dyeing Edo Komon patterns for over a century. Edo Komon is a type of kimono patterns that originates from samurai’s ceremonial clothes. Patterns are consistently very fine—so fine that an Edo Komon-patte...

Hirose Dyeworks

Isehan-Honten

As one of the most celebrated fashion streets in the world, new styles and trends are always being premiered in Omotesando. Running parallel to this is Kotto Dori (“Antique Street”) with its neighborhood of leading-edge boutiques and cafés, found amidst m...

Isehan-Honten

Porter Classic

Famous for its Thunder Gate (Kaminari-mon) and thriving Souvenir Street (Nakamise Dori), Senso-ji Temple is an iconic historical landmark of Tokyo. As a place where the sights and sounds of traditional Tokyo linger, Asakusa remains a neighborhood of craft...

Porter Classic

Ryukobo

In daily Japanese life, the type of braid most likely to meet the eye is an obijime (sash tightener), used when a woman wraps herself in a traditional Japanese garment. This is a braid in which dyed yarn is interwoven into a pattern. One might unravel 140...

Ryukobo

FOOD

Nihonbashi Sembikiya-Sohonten

Could the use of fruit as gifts be a custom unique to Japan? Japan is a “fruit country” – a rare concept in this world. A wide variety of fruits ripen each season, and there are many varieties throughout the year. In Japan, a major feature is the fastidio...

Nihonbashi Sembikiya-Sohonten

Toshimaya

Toshimaya was established in Keicho 1 (1596) and is Tokyo’s oldest sake selling establishment. Its trademark is “Kane-ju”. This is a combination of “Kane-jaku”, or steel square; the symbol of stability and prosperity, and “ju” (ten) from the name of the f...

Toshimaya

Yamamoto Noriten

Yamamoto Noriten enjoyed a loyal patronage of the people of Edo, so much so that since its founding in 1849 people said, “When it comes to nori, it’s Yamamoto.” In 1869, exactly 20 years since the company’s opening, the household of the Emperor Meiji plac...

Yamamoto Noriten

Japan Culinary Academy Tokyo Committee

The Japan Culinary Academy has as its purpose to spread Japanese cuisine around the world, while at the same time handing down traditional Japanese food culture to posterity intact. Its three major activities are to promote dietary education, develop huma...

Japan Culinary Academy Tokyo Committee

Eitaro Sohonpo

In 1818, in the late Edo period (1605-1868), a confectioner from the city of Hanno, Hosoda Tokubei, moved to Edo with his two grandsons. They opened their first shop under the name Izutsu-ya, then created and sold kensenbei (“fist senbei”) in Kudansaka cl...

Eitaro Sohonpo

LIFE

Kyogen

Kyogen was founded at Kyobashi in 1910 as a Mon-nori-ya, a craftsmen’s company that pastes the shape of a family crest onto kimono. Later, Kyogen became Monsho-uwaeshi, craftsmen who draw delicate family crests onto kimono using ink and brushes, and passe...

Kyogen

Seiko Watches

K. Hattori & Co., the predecessor of Seiko, was founded in 1881 in Ginza. The shop was founded by Kintaro Hattori, who started his business repairing and selling imported clocks. Soon, it started producing wall clocks, and subsequently pocket watche...

Seiko Watches

Takahashi Kobo

In Suido, Bunkyo, approximately 160 years since the Edo period, there is a workshop that continues to make woodblock prints. Founded in the Ansei period (1854 to 1860), the workshop is called “Takahashi Kobo.” The Takahashi family, who have been responsib...

Takahashi Kobo

Ubukeya

Ubukeya, specializing in the manufacture and sale of knives, scissors and other bladed goods forged in the traditional manner and hand-sharpened, was founded in 1783. The original workshop and store was named Ubukeya after its reputation that the razors, ...

Ubukeya

Edo Kiriko’s Shop Hanashyo

Hanashyo, the manufacturer and seller of edo kiriko, has a relatively large staff for an edo kiriko workshop of 13. It does everything, from the product designing to production to sales, in house, without turning to any external designers or consultants. ...

Edo Kiriko’s Shop Hanashyo