Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. Our visit this time is to Kakunodate in Akita prefecture, famous for its cherry blossoms, where we encountered Kabazaiku tea canisters made from the bark of prized wild cherry trees.
This time around I visited the 170-year-old workshop of Fujiki Denshirō Shōten. The studio produces tea canisters and other everyday items handcrafted by artisans under the name Kakunodate Denshirō. Among these, what caught my eye was a traditional tea container made by the nationally recognized, registered traditional artisan Mr. Kengo Yonezawa. I was drawn to the beauty of the pattern and its size and usability.