Succession and reformation of tradition

Welcome to IKAZAKI-SHACHU

About Us

We create original washi(japanese paper)products and we also want to introduce new use, the activation of the Ikazaki washi industry to all over the world. We want to produce the local employment by pursuing profit as a company, and hope to revival the washi industry.To create and sell handmade washi products , We want to send splendid Japanese traditional hand craft technology and culture to the world.

Staff

Hiroyuki Saito(Representative)
Hiroyuki Saito(Representative)

Born in Kanagawa,Japan in July,1972.Nihon University department of physics graduation.Worked for IT company as a SE(system engineer) for 10 years.In July, 2008, establish Ikazaki shachu Inc in Uchiko-Ikazaki, Ehime Japan.Now producing handmade washi products such as wallpapaers , lamp , tapestry and others as Japan Brand certificated company.

Gabor Ulveczki
Gabor Ulveczki(Designer)

Born in Budapest, Hungary live in France, Gabor designs and creates wallpapers, art installations, and other interior decor products. Working at the request of the Uchikocho Shokokai (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), he provided technical assistance in the product development of wallcovering works using handmade washi in 2008. Gabor stayed in Uchikocho with his family for 4 months from August 2008. The wallpapers created by Gabor using Ikazaki washi will be added to his line of design collections and marketed throughout the world.

Ikazaki Japanese paper and Ja-Gué-Na

Ja-Gué-Na

As a producer of Kozo (Paper Mulberry) and Mitsumata (Paper Bush), the materials used in Japanese paper. Ikazaki have been a center of papermaking.The history of washi (Japanese rice paper) production in Ikazaki dates back thousands of years. Centuries-old parish registrations, written on washi, were found in the remains of Shosoin Temple. And 350 years ago, the feudal Ozu realm began promoting paper production as an important revenue source. Unique hand-made Japanese paper was born blessed with the mountains that surround the town and the river that flows through it. Here, the knowledge and skills of papermaking have been transmitted for generations.
Master craftspeople of Ikazaki say "jaguéna" when they find their own, or a colleague's skill unsatisfactory. To introduce Ikazaki paper to the world, we use this word by taking each syllable and attaching a French word – Ja = Japon (Japan), Gué = Guérison (healing) and Na = Naturel (natural). This French acronym and a sense of self-criticism is integrated in the image of the Ikazaki paper.
The production of washi used to be considered only as an economic activity. It eventually was recognized as a National Traditional Handicraft Heritage, and was termed "Ozu Tesuki Washi" (Handmade Washi of Ozu). We, however, do not wish to rest on the laurels of our national heritage. Instead, we wish to create a new vision for the future – a vision that reflects our tradition of co-existence with nature through washi.

Ja-Gué -Na Site

Our Product

Wallpaper
Wallpaper

An avant-garde design created by a French designer Gabor Ulveczki is combined with a design based on a motif from ancient Japan. This original wallpaper was created by combining handcrafted washi (Japanese paper) and the gilding process. The washi expresses a gentle, muted feel while the metallic foil projects dynamism and intensity. Each characteristic accentuates the other, while beautifully fusing together to render a new style of splendid, classic elegance. This material is suitable for a wide variety of applications, and can be used not only as wallpaper, but also for room décor, such as tapestry, picture and table displays, as well as for fixtures, such as fusuma (sliding doors) and doors.

[Specifications] Japanese paper. Metal leaves,nonwoven fabric Size: W53cm x H10m

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  • SHUKASHI-601
  • LENGA-106
  • ISHIGAKI-102
  • LENGA-LACQUER-101
Gilding
Gilding

Gilding is a technique that applies a design to materials such as paper, wood, and cloth using metallic foil. The oxidation and corrosive nature of metals is utilized to create unique, beautiful colorings.

TAPESTRY
TAPESTRY

Developed to create an interior for enjoying the transition of the four seasons with translucent light and wind, suggesting a light dusting of the first snow the season. The Koyori-washi provides a soft, semiopaque screen between indoors and outdoors, like Japan’s traditional latticework. Silhouettes made by outside light, as well as expressions created by room lighting, mirror the transition of the four seasons.

[Specification] Koyori-washi / kozo, , frame: Japanese cypress. Size: W900 x H1800 x D 20(mm), W1000 x H2400 x D20(mm).

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  • Tapestry
  • Tapestry
LIGHTING
Lighting

"Koyori-washi" is made with an original technique by directly mixing kozo, a material in Japanese paper, with Japanese twisted into string-like "koyori". Every one of the light, gentle, delicate expressions of Japanese paper created by the hands of craftspeople is different from every other. The octahedral Japanese paper sculpture constructed out of regular triangles shows the translucent surfaces created by kozo fiber, like large flakes of snow entwined around the koyori that intersect freely with each other, to project a soft, Japanese light.

[Specifications]Shade / Koyori-washi and kozo, spring steel with plastic end cap. Lighting apparatus (lamp 25W x 1, socket E17) Size:W350 x D350 x H285(mm), when folded:W350 x D350 x H30(mm).

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  • Lighting01
  • Lighting02
  • Lighting03
  • Lighting04

Contact

Please contact us if you have any question.

E-mail Address : ikazakishachu@space.ocn.ne.jp