Seki-shu Japanese Paper
In Japanese culture, it is said that there are two streams. One is to always honor that which is pure, in order to find God. And the other one is to try to find the rock where tradition stands the test of time and endures being swept away by the waves of new generations.
Shimane Prefecture is home to the World Heritage Site, "Izumo Taisha", or “Izumo Shrine”. October has a very interesting traditional name, “Kan-na-zuki”, or “The Month of No Gods”.
What does this have to do with Shimane? Well, in the Izumo region of Shimane, the same month is called, “Kami-ari-zuki”, “The Month of the Gods”, where for about a week all of the gods throughout the country, (about eight million altogether) leave their respective areas and gather at Izumo Taisha. According to Shinto myths, at one time the Japanese islands were controlled from Izumo, known as the realm of gods. The shrine was dedicated to Okuninushi, considered the creator of Japan. Okuninushi is the Shinto deity of marriage. In addition, Okuninushi is considered the guardian god and god of happiness, as well as the god who establishes good relationships. From ancient times, there has always been the presence of God, the sacrifice and prayer to dedicate to God and the heart of gratitude that people can co-exist with nature. The spirit of Shimane manufacturing is rooted in this tradition and it is safe to say that our products reflect the values, pure feelings and traditions of the storied history of Shimane Prefecture.
Yoshihara Wood Crafters
912-1 Murodani, Misumi Town, Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture
Hiromitsu Blacksmith Workshop
1168-8 Fube, Hirose Town, Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture
Nishida Japanese Paper Workshop
1694 Misumi Town, Furuichiba, Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture
Hamada Wood Crafts Shop
2010 Kamiito, Higashiizumo Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
Zap glass studio
860-3 Ashiwata Town, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture