Kabazaiku was developed in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture, a land surrounded by mountains.
The bark of wild cherry tree, which is the raw material for kabazaiku, was born from the by-products of tree felling, which is called "renewal" to protect the mountains.
It was in the early Jomon period that the Japanese began to use the bark of wild cherry trees, a by-product of this renewal.
Since then, it has been used for a variety of purposes, leading to modern kabazaiku.
Protect the mountains, live on what the mountains offer, and protect the mountains again.
Our ancestors carefully protected and nurtured the mountains.
Tomioka Shoten protects and nurtures the culture of "living with the mountains" so that we can pass on the rich blessings of the mountains to the next generation.

Designers

Yukio Hashimoto

Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1962. 1986 Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University... 

YO no BI

Masanori Watanabe Born in Hokkaido in 1960. Established CROSSEDGE in 2003 after... 

Hiroshi Hirase

After graduating from Tokai University College of Arts and Sciences in 1990,... 

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About Tomioka Shoten

Since our founding, we have protected and nurtured the culture of “living with the mountains” so that we can pass on the rich blessings of the mountains to the next generation.

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