Last Friday Judson Beaumont & Brent Comber arrived in Tokyo. There was no time to rest as an important client of theirs invited them to his hometown in Toyama for some pre-100% Design meetings. He also wanted to introduce the dynamic duo to some traditional Japanese culture.
The first stop was at a regional design festival that is known for combining traditional crafts with modern design. Along with our famous Canadians, famous Japanese designers, Yukio Hashimoto, Kengo Kuma, & Naoki Sakai were also taking in the sights. After looking over some amazing glassware, pottery, etc, we were treated to an outdoor tea ceremony. While the service was traditional, the Kengo Kuma designed aluminum furniture was definitely not.
Our next stop was a traditional washi (Japanese paper) maker. He is one of only about 10 people stil using the traditional methods to make washi. He even cuts down the trees and brings them down from the mountains himself!