Kurikyu was established in Odate in 1874. It is currently run by the 6th generation of the family,
Their artworks translate into simplicity, elegance and natural beauty, by combining the authentic Akita cedar with the finishing touch of Sakura cherry bark ( - another Akita specialty craft called Kabazaiku). Kurikyu products carry the ‘Traditional License’ awarded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to separate high-quality craftwork from industrialized mass production, and the Traditional Crafts of Japan Design award that goes with it.
They also won the Good Design Award, by the Ministry of International Trade, who next to beauty, also focused on quality, safety, functionality and consideration for the environment.
Shunji Kurimori, who mastered the craft at the age of 18 and has won several awards for his craftmanship. Hoping to spread the art his family and hometown specialized in, he has participated in exhibitions in Australia, England, China and the United States.
One of Kurikyu's specialties is its two-level bento boxes that can be stacked on top of each other.
Whereas the bento boxes are without doubt the most popular and recognized bentwood craft, Kurikyu offers a unique range of products that fit either a Japanese or Western lifestyle. From light, beautiful and aromatic sake cups, to versatile salad bowls, and stylish decorative plates combining traditional craft with modern design.
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