ten is a brand that takes craft arts, materials, and handcraft techniques that are traditional to Japan and incorporates them into contemporary lifestyles and clothing.
The name is derived from the Japanese word for periods and commas. Like these marks,ten is a connector that continuously moves us from one idea to the next in a never-ending book.
As an admirer of Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows and Yanagi Muneyoshi’s mingei (folk art) movement, I have always strived to produce works that change in fascinating ways the longer one usesthem—works that deepen in character every time they are mended.
My choice of materials also reflects a hope that I am able to play a small role in ensuring that such traditional techniques do not disappear from Japan.
I hope that my works will find a loving, lifelong home with owners from Japan and around the world who appreciate quality, tradition, the importance of recycling, and other positive values.