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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts – Tokyo Special Edition/[Western-style Clothing Brush]

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. The theme this time is in keeping with Casa BRUTUS’ Special Edition on Tokyo and features crafts from the period when the town was known as Edo, from 1603 to 1868. In Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, in a shop that’s stood continuously for three centuries, she came upon a handcrafted Western-style clothing brush.

Interior of the 90-year-old shop. “For those who love to clean, this is an irresistible selection!” says our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, seen here with artisan, Mr. Kazuhisa Terasawa.
An order form from 1919.
Interior of the 90-year-old shop. “For those who love to clean, this is an irresistible selection!” says our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, seen here with artisan, Mr. Kazuhisa Terasawa.
An order form from 1919.
To the touch, the tips of the fibers feel soft. They’re supple, yet every hair has elasticity and firmness. This fluffiness is the brilliance of the Te-ue method. Without damaging the cloth, it lifts debris easily, and the design prevents static build-up as well. So I was informed, and with that, I decided to make my purchase this Western-style clothing brush. It’ll come in handy with sweater and overcoat season approaching.
“The look and feel have an endearing quality that is fantastic!” she says.
Natural pig’s hair. Small bundles of hair are repeatedly grasped from the supply and worked into the base.
“The look and feel have an endearing quality that is fantastic!” she says.
Natural pig’s hair. Small bundles of hair are repeatedly grasped from the supply and worked into the base.
What the shop’s master, Mr. Hamada, said really struck me. “What we offer are things that aren’t meant to take center stage, but exist to support life’s comfort, to help people as everyday tools.”

Though the scenery may have changed, the lively spirit of Edo culture carries on through the hand and skill of the artisan, to bring comfort and pleasure to life. I think this feeds into the richness that is “today’s Tokyo”.

Western-style Clothing Brush – “Betsu-atsurae” by Edo-ya

Left / Hand-embedded, versatile clothing brush that can be used for wool suits and coats, cashmere, or fine kimono. Pig’s hair, Japanese cherry birch. Dimensions: 26 cm (l), 6 cm (w), 6.6 cm (h). ¥18,000. Right / Teapot spout-cleaning brush, ¥500. 2-16 Odenma-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. TEL 03 3664 5671. Open from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays.

KASHIYUKA

Yuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of electropop group Perfume. Their latest album “Future Pop” became #1 electro album in 20 countries. Perfume is currently on the road to support the album on their nationwide arena tour. She’s lately been scouring the marketplace for easy-to-use gardening scissors. www.perfume-web.jp