Who we are

Katsushika Rin ("Rin") is a platform for tourist and entrepreneurs to enjoy, learn, and build businesses upon the rich foundation of Japanese culture in Katsushika, Tokyo. For tourists and foreigners living in Japan, Rin will serve as a provider of various programmes to experience and learn in-depth Japanee culture. For entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to develop a unique program for visitors, Rin will organize, support, and help them arrange various resources.

Rin is formed by organizing members, participating craftsmen, and supporting partners of the city of Katsushika, Tokyo. Due to the changing lifestyle and lack of successors, craftsmen in Japan is decreasing at a rapid pace and remaining ones are aging. We believe this is a critical time for our generation.

Our aim is to bring a new dimension to revive our traditional culture - inviting new people, ideas, design, and entrepreneurship. It is experimental, challenging, and full of excitement. Visitors will feel the profoundness of Japanese culture in Katsushika and at the same time, they will observe the dynamics of evolving tradition. Entrepreneurs will find himself/herself participate in the initiative.

Being Company Limited

Being is a social enterprise founded by the citizens of Katsushika, Tokyo, aiming to vitalize the city's social and economic condition. For past several years, it has been continuously supporting traditional artisans in Katsushika for their expansion to a global market, primarily targeting Taiwan, by forming a group of delegation to exhibit their products in Taipei.

PARTICIPATING PREMIER ARTISANS

Tomiharu Yanagi | Yanagi Art

Tomiharu Yanagi is an award-winning artist of chalcography (copper plate engravement) specialized in drawing precision Buddhist pictures. He uses a unique technique to put brilliant colors on copper plates which led him to receive the Grand Prix at the exhibition in Louvre Museum in 2004. He is a Tokyo Meister since 2010 and awarded the Medal with Yellow Ribbon from the government for his outstanding craftsmanship in 2017.

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Kozo Yada: Yada Katagami Ten

Kozo Yada is the third generation of its family business of producing Katagami. Katagami is a plate used to dye kimono, which is made by carving a decorative design into a special Japanese traditional paper (washi) strengthen by persimmon tannin: a skill and technique harnessed in Edo Era. He was selected as one of the Tokyo Meister, a prestigious award for most skilled artisans.

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Kimiaki Kono | Sangenshi Kikuoka

Kimiaki Kono produces shamisen, a traditional Japanese guitar type of instrument, a popular musical instrument used to sing minyo, Japanese folk songs. He is the founder and first generation of his studio. And not like other traditional artisans, he is free from old custom and thinking, which makes him innovative in shamisen production and the way of marketing. Kono is selected as a Tokyo Meister for his outstanding technique.

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Katsutoshi Matsuura | Matsuura Sandblast

Katsutoshi Matsuura is the first person to apply sandblast-technique to engrave traditional designs on glasses with high precision and stableness. Its elegant and unique design and technique are well appreciated by professional athletes, celebrities, and government officials: the successive Mayors of Tokyo has been favoring his pieces as a gift to foreign delegations. He receives orders from prestigious competitions for their trophies as well.

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Yoshinobu & Yusuke Yabe | Inden Yabe

Inden Yabe has been passing its heritage of Inden production for almost a century. Now it is a sole Inden artisans studio in Tokyo. Inden is a traditional stencil technique used on leather (usually on deerskin) to decorate its surface with urushi (lacquer). Grown popular in Edo era, it has been commonly used by Samurai for decorating its amour and nowadays for various accessories and fashionable goods.

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Michiyo Shimizu | Shimizu Glass Corp.

Michiyo Shimizu and her Shimizu Glass Corp. are the producers of Edo Kiriko, a traditional cut glass famous for its beautiful design and color. Established in 1923, it is known as one of the leading and innovative workshops in the field. Traditionally, Edo Kiriko has been used for various kitchenware, but Shimizu is now expanding their field to architects and accessories as well. The glass used in the elevator of Tokyo Sky Tree Tower is one good example.

PARTNERS

TOKYO FABHUB

TOKYO FABHUB is a social enterprise working to build a new eco-system for small and medium manufacturers in Tokyo. We believe that a new paradigm change is coming in business. With the rise of small entities, the global stakeholders in business and manufacturing will be connected and collaborate together in an unprecedented way. A whole new arena for global product development and distribution will appear.