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. On this trip she followed a path of clean, fresh air to the township of Takachiho, Miyazaki. There she came across nawa-kazari, straw amulets, made from rice straw an artisan grows himself and painstakingly braids into traditional objects of good fortune.
“Generally, nawa braiding is done with the right hand moving to the outside. But I prefer doing it the opposite way, with my right hand moving inward. This is how the shimenawa craftsmen did it in the old days, and I’m told the method delivers one greater happiness,” said Mr. Kai. Indeed, there’s meaning in even the minutest hand movement.
Straw Amulet / Iwai Dori by Yoichiro Kai
Right / A significantly important talisman in the shape of a rooster, which has been viewed as a divine messenger from ancient times. This one is true to the roots of the craft, touched with an air of modern-day style. 32 x 20 cm, ¥3,200 Left / Iwai Kame (Celebratory Tortoise, small). 20 x 12 cm ¥2,400 Warazaiku Takubo / Tours are open from February through July only. Arrangements must be made by mail contact in advance. Official Site
KASHIYUKAYuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of the electro-pop group Perfume. Upon completing their Japan arena tour in support of their latest album “Future Pop”, they’ll embark on a world tour, beginning next spring, for shows in North America and Asia. She’s recently begun to take special interest in lighting for the home. www.perfume-web.jp