Tsuzura boxes are lightweight, breathable, and bug-repellant lacquered boxes traditionally used to store kimonos. At the Iwai Tsuzura store on the Amazake Yokocho street in Nihobashi, Tokyo, the 3rd generation Iwai master craftsman creates these beautiful boxes by lining woven bamboo boxes with washi (Japanese rice paper), then priming with a mixture of persimmon and tannin, and finally brushing on a cashew lacquer that renders the boxes moth repellant. The boxes come in 3 sizes and 3 colors: black, brown, and vermilion. They can be customized with your name or family crest, and takes an average of 6 months to complete because each box is custom made after the order is placed.
The last time I visited, the master craftsman expressed uncertainty about the next generation carrying on this time-consuming, painstaking craft. These graceful, heirloom quality boxes from Iwai Tsuzura are definitely unique items to be treasured.Price:
Customize with Crest: add JPY 1,000
Customize with Name: add JPY 500