Bamboo craft since 1898
Specialized in the art of bamboo since 1898, Kohchosai Kosuga combines the classic and the modern to propose new styles of bamboo craft while protecting tradition. Since its establishment in Kyoto, five generations of makers have supplied the imperial family and other families of the Japanese court in bamboo objects and incense.
An essential element of Japanese daily life and culture
Bamboo has been incorporated in Japanese people’s daily lives in many ways, used to make items such as chopsticks and baskets. It is also an essential element in the three major performing arts in Japan: sado (tea ceremony), kado (flower arrangement), and kodo (traditional incense ceremony).
“Creating bamboo crafts to enrich lives”
Working with bamboo as a raw material for generations, Kohchosai Kosuga have developed a wide variety of original products with a unique philosophy: “creating bamboo crafts to enrich lives” . From artistic handicrafts to daily items, all products are handcrafted in house.
A sustainable material
Bamboo is a sustainable material that can be used as a substitute for wood. It matures in four to five years and does not need agricultural pesticides.
The bamboo used by Kohchosai Kosuga is harvested between the cold winter months of November to February. When it gets warmer in March, the oil from the bamboo is removed through steaming in a special kiln before being hung to dry in the sun for over one month.
The incense of Awaji Island
The home of Japanese fragrance, Awaji island, is the leading producer of Japanese incense. Its climate and westerly winds provide optimal drying conditions for the precious resin. Kohchosai Kosuga associates Awaji incense to bamboo charcoal and natural aromatic essences in it’s Kyoto-based workshop to create the best quality of smoke-free and natural incense.