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Akikusa Letterhead Box (Te-bunko Akikusa)
AboutYAMADA HEIANDO: We are the proudpurveyor of tablewareto the JapaneseImperial Household.
YAMADA HEIANDO is a Japanese lacquerware brand, with more than 90 years of history and traditions. Founded in 1919 in Tokyo, Japan, we have always been serving the finest lacquered products, varying largely from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery. Our customers include the Japanese Imperial Household, Foreign Embassies of Japan, and renowned places of worship. In the hope that more people will feel connected with the art of lacquerware, we tell stories of contemporary lifestyle to the world via varieties of innovative line up. We have been the leading company in Japanese lacquerware industry, standing out from others for our clear sense of time.
What is URUSHI?
All of YAMADA HEIANDO's products, from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery, are finished with a traditional Japanese technique of lacquer coating. The technique applies sap of a specific lacquer tree called URUSHI (Rhus Verniciflua). The history goes as far back as 3.4 million years ago, when the lacquer sap was used as an adhesive in Asia during the Stone Age. It was us the Japanese, however, that first recognised the beauty inherent in lacquerware. We refined the coating technique to the level where it became nothing but art. Today, such distinguished craftsmen, including ones in YAMADA HEIANDO's ordinary of course, are entitled as a "Certified Traditional Craftsmen" from the government. We have been - and will always be - creating innovations with new varieties of lacquerware, representing contemporary lifestyle both in Japan and over the world.
Organising Letters and Postcards in a "Maki-e" Flower Box.
As the finest, thus the largest, lacquerware brand in Japan, YAMADA HEIANDO has long been committed to creating items that the Japanese use in daily life. One such example is this letterhead box, commonly known as "te-bunko" in Japanese (手文庫, literally meaning "a collection case for letters, in size of a hand"). The Japanese is known for our enthusiasm in letter writing, as notable in the development of classical poems that were exchanged in forms of intimate letters. With the aim of spreading lacquerware's beauty and practicality all over the world, we have enlarged the size from original A6 (postcard size) to handier A4 (letter size). You can set this letterhead box on your desk in the office to keep important business letters organised. Or you can place it on a centre table at your house to collect greeting cards and postcards, as by Japanese tradition. However you prefer to use it, the beautiful flowers on the lid will brighten your reading environments. The flowers, striking in colour and stunning in detail, are hand-painted by our exclusive craftsmen. We have applied varieties of a traditional gilding technique called "maki-e" for finishing. Our attention to quality is so intense that we change methods to paint different parts of the flowers, depending on the texture, colour, and shape of each. Their three-dimensional touch and delicate sparkles are the fruit of Japan's finest craftsmanship.
Your Favourite Design, in Your Favourite Colour.
Akikusa ( 秋草 Japanese Flowers )
Depicted are classical flowers of Japan: arrowroots, balloon flowers, and eulalia. The Japanese have been favouring them since as early as the 7th Century, when renowned poets chanted the beauty of their nature in the famous anthology Man'yoshu (『万葉集』). Each flower attracts the Japanese with their vigorousness, that they flourish even in the wilderness and bloom beautifully. Their language read energy, as well as thoughtfulness of arrowroots, gracefulness of balloon flowers, and mutual understanding of eulalia. The 3 flowers together symbolise a wish for a further prosperity yet to come.
▲ Arrow Roots ( 葛 ) represents energy and thoughtfulness.
▲ Leaves of Arrow Roots ( 葛 )
▲ Balloon Flowers ( 桔梗 ) represents energy and gracefulness.
▲ Eulalia ( 薄 ) represents energy and mutual understanding.
MAKI-E,The Finishing Sparkles on Lacquerware.
Typical examples of lacquerware were ones with finishing called MAKI-E. It is a traditional Japanese technique of gilding, to draw three-dimensional pictures and designs on a lacquered surface. Only meticulousness of the finest craftsmen can create this work of art, by portraying classical motifs in lacquer on a pre-coated model and sprinkling gold and silver leaf on top. This beauty of Japan has been fascinating people all over the world, including Maria Theresa of the Habsburg dominions and her daughter Marie Antoinette. The two celebrities were so passionate that they set an entire room full of lacquered luxuries in the Schönbrunn Palace and the Palace of Versailles respectively. Maria Theresa even preferred lacquerware to "everything in the world, all diamonds." They referred to lacquereware as "Japan," after respect and admiration for the glorious country of the Far East.
JAPANESE FLOWERS in Vivid Colours and Delicate Sparkles.
Hand-painted by using "iro urushi" (colour lacquer). Our craftsmen mix raw lacquer with dyes just before starting painting, so that they can adjust the mixing combinations depending on the day's temperature and humidity.
Hand-Painted, Inside and Out.
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Right Size, Right Position.
This letterhead box is the perfect size to keep A4 size paper in an organised manner. Its rectangular shape firmly holds the paper, protecting it from wrinkling. This letterhead box, thus, comes in handy to sort out important business letters and to save greeting cards with precious memories. The inside, too, is coated with quality lacquer. You can easily see what is inside by removing the lid. [ Left ] Greeting cards [ Right ] Letterpaper, brush pen, and calligraphy ink
Original Logo.The Proof of Authenticity.
On the back of each item, we carefully stamp our original logo in gold, to prove that it is the genuine lacquerware of YAMADA HEIANDO's.
Colour and Design Variation
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