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Kae: the product producer

HOW did IT HAPPEN?!
A former apparel designer who had nothing to do with Japanese Traditional Crafts ended up creating the future of it! How?! Why?!
The 9 Stories Third Series is about a product producer.
Ep.1/9 WHO IS Kae?
Ep.2/9 DESIGNING OWN CLOTHES SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD.
Ep.3/9 BEING AN APPAREL DESIGNER IN KOBE.
Ep.4/9 MARRYING INTO THE WORLD OF TRADITIONAL CRAFT.
Ep.5/9 GENERATING A NEW CATEGORY.
Ep.6/9 TO THE WORLD!
Ep.7/9 CONNECTING WITH OTHER ARTISANS’ PROBLEMS.
Ep.8/9 THE MOMENT: THE REALIZATION OF HER CALLING.
Ep.9/9 FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS.

KANRO(寒露) [more than 4 seasons]

KANRO(寒露) is the 17th season of “the 24seasons”. The night gets longer. The air gets colder in the morning and at night. The climate is no longer humid nor too hot. You can feel “the Autumn” both day and night. We’ll introduce one seasonal event that takes place in many places in Japan.

Takashi Morimoto: the certified traditional craft artisan

The 9 Stories Second Series is about our listed artisan.
He will be producing your order.
9 stories about him, here it comes!

1) Who is Takashi Morimoto?
2) What does it take to be a certified traditional craft artisan?
3) What is his craft?
4) Born as the 3rd generation of the joinery shop
5) Why was the mechanical engineering course?
6) Marrying his muse
7) Disappearing crafts
8) Training new generation
9) The Dream: One day…

Satoko Kamada: the founder & the head curator

The 9 Stories First Series is about our head curator. Who will be your person when you contact us. 9 stories about her, here it comes!
1)LET ME BE YOUR ASSISTANCE
2)BORN WITH CREATIVE URGE
3)THE WING OF LANGUAGE
4)FOUND A POT AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW
5)ONCE A WISE MAN SAID…
6)I HAD TO LEARN THE HARD WAY…
7)MORE JAPANESQUE THAN EVER
8)IT IS NOT FAIR!
9)20+ YEARS OF BEING A SERVER & KEEP IT THAT WAY

The 9 Stories of People & Things

Did you know that there are the series posts have been posted on our Instagram?! It’s called “The 9 Stories”. It had been a series posts available for our Instagram and Facebook page but we have decided to show it here on our blog as well! This article is the introductory of…

CHUUSHUU-NO-MEIGETSU (中秋の名月) [more than 4 seasons]

Its direct translation is “The great moon during Autumn”. It is the day for us to admire the beauty of the moon. We share 5 things about this day! 1 of them is about a traditional sweet! 

OHIGAN (お彼岸)[more than 4 seasons]

OHIGAN is the 7 days period of holding memorial services for ancestors and Buddha. During this period you see 2 things all over Japan. 

HAKURO (白露) [more than 4 seasons]

It is the 15th season of “The 24 seasons”. During the day it is still hot enough but you will feel a bit of chill in the morning and at night. You will notice the sun is getting far and the air gets less humid. We have a lot of cultural events in Autumn. We listed 3 things you can expect during the HAKURO season.

NIHYAKU-TO-O-KA (二百十日)[more than 4 seasons]

This day is 210th day from RISSHUN(立春) the first day of spring. This day and 10 days after the day are known as “Watch out for typhoons” days. We will explain what to expect, what not to do when your stay in Japan was hit by typhoons.