Tools for the Japanese Table

Healthy and delicious, Japan’s traditional cuisine is winning followers around the world. Japanese tableware and cooking utensils are one factor supporting this unique culinary culture. From the traditional crafts that make eating more fun to the master craftsmen themselves and their innovative technologies, we introduce the backstories and the workplaces where culinary masterpieces are born.

Tea and Sake Copperware by Gyokusendō: Combining Tradition and Innovation

In Tsuiki copperware, copper plates are “raised” with repeated hammer strikes to create tasteful tea and sake utensils. With a history of more than 200 years, Gyokusendō traces its roots to the metalworking industry of Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture.
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Bjorn Heiberg, the “Savior of the Japanese Knife”

Razor-sharp Japanese wabōchō, chef’s knives created by skilled master craftsmen, are essential to the preparation of washoku. Bjorn Heiberg, who runs knife specialty stores in Osaka and Tokyo, fell in love with wabōchō after coming to Japan, and is spreading the good word about these remarkable knives to the rest of the world.
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