PROJECT

CLOTHING

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-pa...

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 amids...

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 cr...

Porter Classic

Ryukobo

In daily Japanese life, the type of braid most likely to meet the eye is anobijime(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 u...

Ryukobo

FOOD

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 p...

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 h...

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...

Eitaro Sohonpo

LIFE

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 razor...

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 consultant...

Edo Kiriko’s Shop Hanashyo

Nakamura

Noren(partitioning curtains), dyed with a shop’s symbol and name, are iconic features adorning the façades of Japanese shops. Thought to have arisen from curtains used in the Yayoi period (300 BCE–300 CE) as sunshades and dust screens, they hav...

Nakamura

Kimoto Glass Tokyo

Kimoto Glass Tokyo has seen the glass industry inside and out during its 80-year operations since its founding as a glass wholesaler. Pressured by cheaper imports, the Japanese glass industry has been shrinking year after year. As many factories disapp...

Kimoto Glass Tokyo