2020 is marked, not by the Olympic, but by the pandemic.
Rather than celebrating, we reflect on our behaviour and lifestyles.
While Taketombo continues crafting responsible and insightful journeys, we are also looking into sustainable consumption.
What can we re-learn about Product that Lasts?
2021 Artisan Feature
Before plastic containers and microwave oven, this was how Japanese carry food around.
Read the story of the last bent-wood workshop in old neighborhood Maidashi.
Labor of Love
Water mills have been supporting the livelihood of Yame residents for hundreds of years. Baba Watermill is the last remaining active watermill producing cedar leave powder in the region. Takeshi and Chieko Baba are guarding a family business, maintaining a historic asset and retaining the traditional way of production.
We named our program after a traditional propeller toy hand-made in wood or bamboo, dated as far back to Nara or Heian period (8th century).
Our goal is to empower traditional crafts and let them take flight in the 21st century.
Taketombo works to bring more attention and resources to rural regions of Japan. Whether you are making a pit-stop in our town or joining week(s)-long residency, your participation will bring new energy to aging historic craft towns outside of metropolitan vicinity.
Ready for more beyond Toyko, Osaka and Kyoto?
We look forward to help you build the most creative and remarkable experience in Japan.
What impact will your participation bring?
"I can’t speak highly enough of my experience working with Mikki and her skill and understanding as a docent and resource. For those interested in a curated, authentic, and unique experience, her skills and connections are invaluable. "
- Kelly Lamb, Artist-Designer from L.A.