Japan Handmade

Immersive experience in Japanese crafts-world

Six craft companies from Kyoto came together under the support of Danish sutido OeO Studio to create a platform for international growth. Japan Handmade was born with a strong ambition to explore new boundaries and to bring the beauty and poetry of the Japanese design aesthetics to the world.

In 2014, I went in four of these workshops. Immersion in Japanese crafts, learning the techniques, developing proposals project, and crossroads of cultures have punctuated this experience. A local environment that has a global reach led by core values for design.


KAIKADO, is a brand established in 1875 in Kyoto. Kaikado creating metal tea caddies. After more than 130 years, the Chazutsu tea caddy is still Kaikado’s signature product and is highly appreciated for its splendid style. 

NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI, wood craftsmen based in Shiga. He's using some The company prides itself of its wooden buckets (ki-oke), which are handcrafted using a technique developed 700 years ago during the Muromachi era. 

ASAHIYAKI - founded more than 400 years ago - is located in the Uji Region, the oldest tea-producing region of Japan. 

KANAAMI-TSUJI was established in Kyoto by head artisan Toru Tsuji and draws on the traditional craftsmanship of Kyo-Kanaami (metal knitting), which is believed to be more than ten centuries old and is used for kitchen utensils.

Six maisons d’artisans installées à Kyoto ont décidé de se réunir, avec le soutient du studio de design danois OeO, pour créer une identité forte à l’internationale. Japan Handmade est né avec l’ambition d’explorer de nouveaux terrains et de mettre en avant la beauté et la poésie propre à la culture Japonaise.  


En 2014 et durant trois mois, j’ai pu me rendre dans quatre des six ateliers afin d’en apprendre les fondements techniques puis tenter d’y apporter modestement de nouvelles propositions de projets. 

Movie & photography : Flavien Delbergue - design studio