In central Japan is Odawara, a city known for beautiful craft, especially woodwork and lacquer. Here Sonobe Sangyo products wooden bowls, plates and other tableware using skills that date back hundreds of years.
Each bowl can take several months to complete, with the craftsmen selecting the wood, drying it, using the lathe to craft each piece, and finishing with a protective coating.
Thanks to the handmade techniques, as well as Sonobe Sangyo's forward thinking ideas, the Meibokuwan in 1996 received the Good Design Award, as well as their new Nitori Plate for 2019. Functional craftsmanship that's sure to stand the test of time.