Japanese Traditional Craft

EDO-KUMIKO TATEMATSU

Craftsmen

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MATSUO TANAKA

He was born in Niigata Prefecture in 1943.

He grew up at a carpenter's home.

At the age of 15, he came up to Tokyo and apprenticed himself to a fittings craftsman.

In 1982 he established his own company, TATEMATSU, independently.

Especially he is good at making the workmanship of small pieces of wood.

We can see his work at Hama-Rikyu, Shibamata-Taishakuten,and Atami MOA Museum of Art.

He is the precious craftsman who makes those fittings by hand while mechanization progresses these days.

He is the member of the Edogawa Ward tradition technical meeting.

In 2006 he was recognized as an intangible cultural asset designated by Edogawa Ward.

 
 

TAKAHIRO TANAKA

He was born at Tokyo in 1972.

He graduated in architect from Tokai University.
After graduation from university he was employed at a city planninng company.

And then he got a first-class registered architect in Japan.
When he was 26 years old, he left the company, he started work for craftsman.

He improves his skill as a craftsman under his father, Matsuo Tanaka.

He is groping for the way that should be of the tradition craft in the present age through the succession of tradition and the challenge to the production of a new thing that employed tradition efficiently.

 
 

EDO-KUMIKO TATEMATSU

workshop:

2-20-8 Minamishinozakimachi

Edogawa-ku Tokyo-to 133-0065
Japan   

tel/fax:03-3678-3916
mail:edokumiko-tatematsu@jcom.home.ne.jp

We give a demonstration and sell at the department stores in the country.

Please contact us by e-mail.

We make it according to customer's request such as size and design.

What's the KUMIKO-KOUGEI

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-Products

*Lantern

*Folding screen

*Screen

*Wall Decoration

*Corner stand

*Coaster        etc

-Patterns

*Asanoha (leaves of hemp)

Asanoha is one of the most popular Japanese patterns.

It is a familiar pattern that has been used for clothes for a newborn baby since ancient in Japan because hemp is strong, growing fast and growing straight. It is also popular as a talisman to prevent disasters.

*Sakura (cherry blossoms)
*Kikyou (bellflower)
*Yuki (snow)        etc

-Materials

*Kiso Hinoki (Japanese cypress)

*Yoshino Sugi (Japanese cedar)

*Yaku Sugi (Japanese cedar)

We call ceder that growing naturally in Yakushima Island as

Yaku Sugi. It grows slowly and its age exceeds a thousand years.

So the grain is fine and beautiful and it is popular as an amulet of longevity.

*Jindai Sugi (Japanese cedar)       etc

It is valuable timber buried in volcanic ashes long ago. The color of the tree is blue-black and the grain is fine and beautiful.

 
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Kumiko Kougei is a traditional Japanese woodworking technique that combines small pieces of wood to create various patterns.

Originally it was used for the decoration of building fittings such as a"shoji"(sliding screen with Japanese paper).

Many patterns of Kumiko have motifs of plants and nature that represent the four seasons of Japan, and they have been in use for a long time.

We stick to handiwork "teshigoto" and make each one carefully by hand.

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