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Artisan who built Nikko TOSHOGU SHRINE-日光東照宮- in Edo period

moved to Kanuma city from Nikko city to keep out to cold.

Because of this history, There are many skilled Artisan in Kanuma that is famous for wood craft.

Wonderfulness of their sculpture on Dashi,a float that god ride on in festival, is famous here in japan.

One of their technique is KUMIKO.

KUMIKO is woodworking technique that make geometrical pattern by combining wood and wood.

They use a little adhesive it’s almost no adhesive.

There are many nature motif pattern,for example leaf, snowflake and shell suit.

They have used for household furniture and their decoration.

About KUMIKO technique

This is one of component of KUMIKO.

These parts are made by exclusive tool(also the Artisan create them).

His own plane, KANNA in japanese, makes them one by one.

He adjusts these parts delicately for puttern of KUMIKO.

Do you believe that Artisan even make tools?

These round wood parts are create one by one to plane with exclusive tools.

Also he combines each parts by hand.

It’s difficult to combine wood parts more than you can imagine.

Too big to combine, too small to combine.

Each designs of KUMIKO has own name.

The name of plant that japanese are familiar, gods, and so on.

These designs are left for posterity and Artisan want to tell to next generation.

These coasters are made of natural wood.

Artisan doesn’t coat varnish over them because want you to feel natural wood.

Please don’t regard as easy to get dirty, spend a great time with KUMIKO coaster.


the meaning of flax ornament

flax ornament is one of the most popular pattern in japan. They say that we don’t need time and effort to take care of it and growing speed is fast so there is meaning that growth of baby and keeping out of harm’s way in them.

the meaning of tortoise shell

Cloisonne means the seven treasures,gold, silver, pearls, agate, crystal, coral and lapis lazuli.

Hexagonal pattern is a tortoise shell.

Turtles have a long life so they are symbol for long life in japan from long ago.

We had regarded them as lucky charm.


SizeW:140mm, H:120mm, T:10mm
MaterialNatural wood
The place of productionMade in Japan