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. This trip takes her to Kyoto, the capital of Japanese handcraft, to call on a Kyo-Kanaami shop. She’ll learn about these simple, hand-woven kitchen tools that enriched life in the ancient city.
“Kyo-Kanaami was born from the needs of traditional dining places and fine cuisine restaurants alike, and developed through history,” said third-generation owner, Mr. Yasuhiro Tsuji. “We’re still making a wide range of items used every day in homes and by professionals.” Suddenly it’s clear that the refinement of these tools came under the critical view of demanding Kyoto chefs. The shop is filled with fascinating items, characteristic of Kyoto; things like yudofu shakushi – a mesh ladle used for maneuvering tofu in a traditional hot pot – an incense stand, baskets for drying vegetables and shiitake. He promptly showed me how they are made.
Copper Hanging Basket by Tsujiwa Kanaami
Left: You can hang fruits and vegetables, or decorate it with flowers and plants. Small – 14 cm across and 14 cm deep, ¥4,500. Right: Yudofu ladle, copper, hexagonal pattern, midsized. Length – 16 cm, ¥2,000. Tsujiwa Kanaami, 175 Kameya-cho, Ebisugawa-kudaru, Sakai-machi, Nakagyoku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto. Tel075 231 7368. Open 9 am-6 pm, closed Sundays and holidays.
Yuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of the electro-pop group Perfume. They are currently in North American for a tour supporting their latest album "Future Pop," including dates at Coachella 2019, one of world’s top music festivals. Lately, traditional toys from various places in Japan have been on her mind.www.perfume-web.jp