24 June 2015 – Tokyo.
As we already said, meet the artisans was not easy in Tokyo.
We knew that the Sumida district was linked to manufacturing history (during the time Edo, the artisanal production of tiles, carpentry, dyeing… was flourishing, Thanks to the transport by waterway on the Sumida). Today, a project of the city aims to promote the manufacturing workshops. That's how we went in the neighborhood, While confident with our plan indicating workshops (Unfortunately in Japanese, only the pictures could tell us a little about the purpose of the workshop). This is a very nice area with small houses and workshops / small industries everywhere.
On the first workshop, We saw a nice wooden, It was actually a personal Museum of objects of any kind into wood located in a garage (an old man not speaking English we will be visiting all in Japanese). The 2nd workshop was a packaging company who owned a small exhibition in the window of old wooden boxes (What we had seen on the photo)… The time of an earthquake (the walls tremble before us) and here we are distributed. For the next workshop we find wooden stamps, but we don't see paper United drying… A little further, It's a young unfortunately absent cabinetmaker (too bad because a glance thrown inside foreshadowed great things). It's still not !
Finally continues North District to a master of the wand, M. Takeda Katsuhiko. A young man welcomes us and takes us all the workshop, Finally a video to do ! He shows us all the steps, responding to the interview… They have beautiful wood : local species such as the plum tree, Cherry or ash but also rare species imported as the crush of Guyana (patterns like snake skin), the Macassar ebony, the bocote of the Mexico, the wood of red sandalwood from India... Chopsticks can be very expensive, more than 250 € the pair. They manufacture more than 200 forms of various wands (each person has his favorite sticks, Some customers sometimes make him specific orders). The shop offers a wide range of chopsticks : This is the standard chopsticks to those adapted to different occasions, ceremonies or dishes.
It lets you discover all in pictures :