CH Japan: The Artisans of Kyoto’s GO ON Collective

Our exploration of and partnerships with several local Japanese craftspeople

An exquisite window into Japan‘s heritage, Kyoto‘s gardens, shrines and temples draw in millions of visitors each year. For our CH Japan travel experience (as well as our CH Omakase gift box), Kyoto played an important role for a different reason: its GO ON collective. Young makers, representing the next generation in their family’s traditional craft, bound together to form GO ON. This collective aims to …

CH Japan: Kiun Incense

Fifth-generation incense maker Kazushi Iwasa's indigo-inspired scent

In Takamatsu, artisan Kazushi Iwasa—a fifth-generation incense maker—steers IWASA, his family’s business that’s been in operation since 1872. Long-inspired by indigo, we commissioned Iwasa to craft a scent around the natural color and its traditional dyeing process for our 2019 Omakase box. Pulling from the brand’s reservoir of scents, Iwasa assembled 400 limited edition incense sets, bearing notes of wood and musk. When lit, its …

COOL HUNTING Omakase 2019: Made in Japan

13 items made collaboratively with artisans across the island nation

From our deep respect and adoration of Japanese culture we drew the word “omakase” (meaning “expert’s choice”) in 2016 to name our annual collection of collaboratively produced, limited edition and early release products we offer readers during the holidays. After several COOL HUNTING Omakase releases, we’re thrilled to announced the first-ever batch of gifts crafted entirely in collaboration with Japanese artisans. Each item in the …