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YAMAICHI
Yamaichi is a wood processing company established in 1973 that handles traditional wooden products using Kiso’s raw lumber. From the old days, Kiso’s wood has been valued as an excellent material for architecture for its fine qualities such as strength, durability and preservative properties.

Based in Nagisomachi of Nagano prefecture, Yamaichi uses only carefully selected Kiso wood out of all Kiso trees which are said to be 100 or even 300 years old. Using “Kiso Goboku” (Kiso’s Five Softwood Evergreens) such as Kiso cypress and Kiso sawara cypress, Yamaichi manufactures and sells tableware including rice chests, “handai” chests for sushi rice, rice paddles and cutting boards.

In general, Kiso cypress refers to natural cypress of more than 150 years of age.

Since they grow over a long course of time, they are fine-grained, resilient and strong. Despite being easy to handle in production, they rarely have bends or cracks which makes them the best architectural material in Japan.

The Five-storied pagoda of Horyuji Temple, the world’s oldest building and World Heritage site, is also made from Kiso cypress. Yamaichi sticks to the traditional method of making products by hand and puts the characteristics of wood to practical use.

Although clean and simple, the wooden products will age beautifully with time and will become an indispensable part of everyday life.
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This Chinese steamer made from Kiso hinoki (Japanese cypress) is not only beautiful in appearance, but also highly durable. Steamers tend to get wet both before and after use, however, this produc...
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The flavor of bonito flakes changes depending on how you shave it. This is why it is best to shave them using a bonito shaving box. Yamaichi’s “Multi-use Tool Small Bonito Shaving Box” is a compac...
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This Kiri Kome Bitsu (rice bin made from paulownia wood) is an ideal storage container for rice. To cook delicious rice, not only should you consider what tools and cooking methods to use but the ...
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Yamaichi’s Futari Bitsu (Rice Chest for Two) is suitable for preserving rice. It uses Kiso sawara cypress, one of “Kiso Goboku” (Kiso’s Five Softwood Evergreens) which is light and provides excell...
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Each ji bitsu (regional rice chest) is carefully made by experienced craftsmen using selected domestic Kiso sawara cypress. It can carry a large capacity of approximately 7 go (a Japanese unit for...
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Yamaichi’s Multi-use Ohitsu is a fine quality ohitsu (container for cooked rice) made from Kiso sawara cypress. This wood is known as an ideal material for being light in weight and resistant to w...
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Yamaichi’s Taketaga Ohitsu (container for cooked rice with bamboo hoops) uses Kiso sawara cypress, one of “Kiso Goboku” (Kiso’s Five Softwood Evergreens). Each one is made with care by Shinshu Kis...
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Yamaichi’s Takumi Handai (rice chest) is made from Kiso sawara cypress, one of “Kiso Goboku” (Kiso’s Five Softwood Evergreens). Using rare “masame” (straight grain) gives the handai a beautiful wo...
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Carefully made by Kiso wood craftsmen, the bonito shaving box is made from straight-grained Kiso hinoki (Japanese cypress). Known for its durability and resistance to water and moisture, Kiso hino...