I have always liked being acquainted with different cultures because I feel that it expands my horizon and helps me remember that my culture isn’t the only one existing in this world. By exposing myself to the culture of others, I learn to become more accepting of differences between different people and I get a more realistic view of the world. And last weekend, March 6-8, the 2014 Japan Week was held in New York, giving attendees a taste of Japanese culture.
At Japan Week, TAKUMI JAPAN introduced the thriving Japanese small business community to new markets and shared the tradition, design and craftsmanship of Japanese artisans and craftsmen. TAKUMI is a word used to describe a person with extraordinarily high skills and it also literally translates to “artisan” in Japanese.
Takumi Japan brought small craft and design companies to showcase their products — hand-crafted glass, metal and wood, beautiful fabrics, and other works of artistry — that represent the quality crafts and goods local artisans have created. They aimed to give a taste of Japanese traditions, techniques, designs, flavors, local qualities and other characteristics unique to Japan.
One of the products presented by Takumi Japan is the Odakodoki Ice Coffee Cup (see first photo in the collage above).
Odakou-douki was founded in 1925. Some 400 years ago in the Toyama Prefecture, Takaoka Copperware established the method for casting metal in a mould. The manufacturing process is divided into several important stages carried out by a specialised workforce. Outstanding skills are consolidated for every stage of the process. Odakodoki makes products ranging from large bronze items including temple bells and Buddhist statues to artistically decorative craftworks such as Buddhist alter articles and flower vases. The combination of red and white colors represents a lucky charm in Japan. They offer products as a brand of copperware, produced under the concept of “auspicious gifts”.
It is said that the colder the iced coffee is, the stronger the aroma can be felt. Odakodoki’s Ice Coffee Cup is made exclusively for iced coffee so that you can drink it directly and enjoy the aroma of the coffee along with the coolness of the cup.
Another set of products presented was from the Yamaguchi Craft Company (see photo above with the iPhones).
Yamaguchi Craft Co.Ltd was founded in 1962 in Sabae city, part of the Fukui prefecture, by Mr Ryoji Yamaguchi who was a traditional craftsman certified by the then Minister of International Trade and Industry. In 2001 we launched our Hacoa brand specializing in miscellaneous goods designed from wood. In 2002 we came under the limelight when we were commissioned to create a name box for Princess Aiko, daughter of the Crown Prince, to celebrate her birth. In 2010 we opened our first Hacoa direct store in Okachimachi, Tokyo. We then opened our second shop entitled Kitte in 2013, situated within the commercial district of the Tokyo Marunouchi JP Tower. Our brand name is gaining more recognition with every year that goes by and we are often asked by other major manufacturers from other industries to collaborate with them.
Yamaguchi Craft Company’s products include a Full Wooden Keyboard, a Wooden USB Flash Drive, a USB Hub House, a Memory Card Reader Factory, and a Wooden Case for iPhone5. The iPhone 5 case is precision-machined & hand-crafted for a perfect fit. Because wood does not generate static electricity, it keeps dust away. The cover will get polished as you use it, and will develop into your own unique cover.
These are just some of the products that they introduced at the 2014 Japan Week last weekend. Be sure to check out all other products at the Takumi Japan website!