Our new experience in Sakai City, Osaka, in collaboration with the KIX Senshu Tourism Bureau has been featured in the latest issue of the Connections Luxury Digital Magazine.
Connections Luxury Digital Magazine
The feature focuses on one of our most exciting experiences that introduces local artisans Hirakawa, a traditional craftsman of scissors at the Sasuke shop, and Yoshikawa, a landscape gardener who runs Bisyoujyuen.
Yasuhiro Hirakawa, the fifth generation craftsman of Sasuke, was born in Sakai City, Osaka in 1950. He began helping his family with the business at the age of fifteen. Since mastering the craft, he has won numerous awards; become certified as a traditional craftsman in 1988; and has had his work exhibited in both Japan and overseas, with his solo exhibition in France very well received. Head of his gardening company Bisyoujyuen, Masakazu Yoshikawa was also born in Sakai, and has been working on Japanese landscape gardens throughout the whole country for over thirty years. He has also been active inside and out of Japan, including hosting a bonsai performance in France and being featured in a short 2018 CNN documentary video alongside Hirakawa.
With the success of this experience and others of the Senshu Experience Project, we will continue to introduce unique and exciting stories of people involved in Japanese local traditions that can be shared with overseas visitors through future trips.
See the following video to learn more about this experience: Discover Traditional Craftsmanship in the Japanese Knife Capital Sakai | Eighty Days Japan