The Imaita District (formerly Sasakami Village) of Agano City, Niigata Prefecture had been blessed with good quality bamboo
so bamboo basket manufactures thrived there for a long time.
In the past, bamboo baskets were mere household goods, our Kobayashi Midori bamboo basket shop has created ingenious basket designs
developed with a beautiful finish technique. These techniques have been highly praised.
We have received many awards: Japan Folk Art Competition Grand Prize, Niigata
Prefecture Governor Award, Yellow Ribbon Medal, etc.
Kobayashi Midori is the founder of Kobayashi Midori Bamboo Baskets shop. Our workshop is close to the Imaita Hot Spring.
Kobayashi Midori's two daughters have inherited their mother's techniques.
Currently, Soga Miyoko's eldest daughter and Sachiko Yamamoto's second daughter continue to weave bamboo baskets.
Bamboo the size of your little finger is cut into four pieces with a traditional Japanese edged tool with a short handle and wide blade.
It is then dried for about , and thereafter immersed in water overnight.
After that the skin of the bamboo is stripped and then used to create a basket by weaving the skin.
We continue to create new products that meet the demands of modern society by applying traditional technology and new ideas.
Light, durable and flexible, bamboo basket products are said to be usable for at least 100 years.
Greenish at the time of production, bamboo articles change their color into tasteful dark brown over time.
With its “antibacterial, deodorant and aeration properties,” bamboo can keep food, tableware and clothes clean when processed
into products such as draining baskets and lunch boxes.
Bamboo, which can grow by as much as one meter a day, is an eco-friendly material growing back soon after being cut off.
We hope you will use these products every day for many years as interior storage with a Japanese feel.