Aloha, and welcome! As art collectors and dealers, we travel to distant corners of the planet to bring our customers the most unique and highest quality art. We invite you to come join us on our adventure into the mountains of Japan to procure Inden from the most established and traditional makers of this craft.
With suitcases full of carefully selected omiage (gifts) from the recent ‘Made in Hawaii Festival‘ including hand crafted lauhala hats and leis for our Japanese friends, family, and business associates, we flew across the Pacific ocean to Tokyo, Japan.
We were met by our Japanese friend and fellow art dealer from Kyoto who introduced us to a lesser known shopping treasure in Ueno called Okachimachi. The three of us traversed the narrow alleys filled with shops and stalls where traditional crafting methods known as Dento Kogei are blended with modern tastes to produce unique Japanese goods and gifts.
From there we went to the well know tourist mecca of Asakusa, best know for its Thunder Gate, the giant lantern temple. It was not for the temple nor the numerous stalls of souvenir trinkets that interested us, it was to purchase Jinbei for our new staff uniforms.
The next morning we took the train from Tokyo to picturesque Yamanashi, home of the famed Inden-ya factory and museum. As we sped away from the late summer heat, the soaring towers of Tokyo were replaced with lush, cool mountains, rice paddies, vineyards, and valleys.
To find out what Inden is and why we traveled over 3,917 miles around the world specifically to go to this particular factory, continue reading part two of this series.
Lauhala Hat and other Made in Hawaii Festival pictures