Finest quality tableware made of entirely natural ingredients
Yamashita Kogei, based on the southern island of Kyushu, is renowned for its finest quality tableware, including ceramics, bambooware, glassware, lacquerware, or paper and wood items. Its products are ideally suited to delicate Japanese cuisine and can create an authentic and traditional setting. That’s why they have been in demand from the catering trade, including leading Japanese restaurants, for over 30 years. Yamashita Kogei is also committed to meeting SDGs in its business practices.
Yamashita Kogei is taking active steps to help meet SDGs.
*The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are universal goals adopted by all UN Member States in 2015.
|Cooperative efforts with welfare facilities.
We are outsourcing inspection and package work to welfare facilities in order to foster job opportunities for them.
Development of secure, safe and eco-friendly products.
We strive to find more humane and eco-friendly materials and prioritise them in product development.
|Kanbatsuzai-hochi Chikurin Green Project
Neglected or uncontrolled woods and bamboo forests can destroy ecosystems and cause environmental deterioration. We use material from such areas and donate a portion of our overall sales to charity or customers sponsoring non-profit organisations.
|Sustainable development of natural material items.
We are committed to using safe, traceable materials and to checking materials are handled properly right through to disposal.
Reduction of plastic package material and plastic waste.
We try to reduce our use of plastic packaging material as well as our plastic waste.
Part of our product line include modern style porcelain ware or true fork art: the ceramic ware that unites the beauty of Arita porcelain, which has nearly 400 years of history and the transparent glass. In this product, the special techniques are used to bond a ceramic leg to a glass, which has been difficult to be achieved in a conventional way. Available for wine, beer or the rocks, you can enjoy both the beverage flavour and the design of the glass stand, especially its delicate difference in colours and changes of colours.
You can find the very essence of true folk art in the output of the kilns in the mountain village of Koishibara, Fukuoka Prefecture, in western Japan. Here exists a very old tradition of pottery, going back to the 17th century when the local farmers started to produce utensils for their own use. Koishibara ware traditionally consists of utility vessels such as bowls, plates, and teacups. The shapes vary, but all are simple and designed to fit the daily life of the common people of this region.
Kirico glasswork, Japanese style cut glasses, are decorated by cutting or grinding facets. This unique processing method provides colour gradations and geometrical patterns with a cubic effect to the surface of a glass. This method usually uses to emphasise the coolness of glasses. These cut-glass products maintain traditional designs and hand cutting and polishing methods, but with uniquely refined patterns and expression for a highly artistic sense matching contemporary tastes.
|Bamboo Sake Vessels
“New Wakatake series”, a series of bamboo sake vessels, whose surfaces are sandblasted and coated with a colour of fresh green bamboo.Those products are skilfully painted with a colour of deep green that resembles natural bamboo colour and their joints, main characteristic of bamboo, left natural. They are also urethane painted that make them more water resistant, improve their endurance much longer and prolong their service life. Inspired by the appearance of natural bamboo, they are lightweight, durable and gives decorativeness and practicality to a dining table.
One of the famous craftwork using the special techniques, the Woven Bamboo Teppachi Basket is the completion of traditional production and painstaking craftsmanship. Often referred to the iron
bowl pattern, this particular weave produces an intricate, uniform design that deserves respect and admiration. The name “teppachi morikago” comes from the iron bowl that Buddhist monks
carry to receive alms of food or money. Perfect for placing on a coffee tray or dining table, the Teppachi Basket can provide a relaxed atmosphere to any living room.
The history of Japanese bamboo baskets begins with their use as utilitarian objects during the Jomon period (10,000-300B.C.E). Along with serving a diverse function in daily life, bamboo
baskets are still an integral and cherished part of the time-honoured flower arrangement and tea ceremony. Referred to as hanakago ( flower basket) or hanaire (flower container), the Japanese bamboo basket exhibits an extraordinary beauty and intricate craftsmanship.
Japanese chopsticks are traditionally made of wood or bamboo, painted or lacquered for decoration and waterproofing. Bamboo has a much higher fibre density than a tree and is very hard to break even if you sharpen its point thin. Skilful craftsmen pay a great deal of attention to its tips, make it thinner so you can hold very small food like a grain of rice. In addition, bamboo hardly causes colour transfer when you dip your bamboo chopsticks in soy sauce or a cooking
Takebito Bamboo Charcoal Wares are the bamboo or wooden wares which are coated with the special paint. It is a polyurethane paint mixed with micronised bamboo coal whose diameter is 5 microns(!) in diameter. This bamboo coal is made from the disordered bamboo forest which causes the damages to the habitat of Satoyama, the source of a unique ecosystem, by invading it. Looks and feels of these products are excellent and they bring about an elegant and relaxed atmosphere to Western or Japanese dishes.
|Japanese Bamboo Basket
These contemporary Japanese bamboo baskets are produced by Beppu’s best-known bamboo craftsman/weaver. They have become highly sought after by collectors worldwide. The highly skilled craftsman transforms the raw bamboo material into a work of art that requires a lot of attention to detail. The craftsman who has a special skill-set of tools and technique continue to train themselves, create new design and eventually develop their own distinct styles.
This well-crafted bamboo basket is made by skilled workers and used as a bento box. In this product, thin constant width bamboo boards are woven in a matrix pattern and made into a square box shape. As there are many small gaps in this bamboo lunch basket, it is very airy, prevent heat and moisture from being filled inside and keep foods to be eatable in a good state. Naturally having excellent preservability of a contained foods and its unique design, this product gains a lot of popularity in Japan.
The latest catalogue is now available with even more environmentally sustainable products, folk crafts and more from the Kyushu region.
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For enquiries about the products listed, please contact them via the information below.
Yamashita Kogei Inc.
Address: 13-43 Shonin Nama-machi, Beppu-shi, Oita 874-0034 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)977-66-4383 Fax: +81-(0)977-66-4385
E-mail: [email protected]