A rich and sustainable life with chopsticks
Ginza×CSR・CSV Vol. 35 will introduce Ginza Natsuno, a chopsticks store selling over 2,500 different chopsticks and more than 1,000 different chopstick rests. Established in 1999, the company showcases the richness of the living culture associated with chopsticks and carries various lines of products. In this volume, we interviewed Mr. Ryuta Takahashi, President of Ginza Natsuno.
Takashi-san has a passion for creation.
He engages in product development himself, covered in wood shavings.
Ginza Natsuno, Ginza Main Store
A wide variety of chopsticks are neatly displayed on the wall of the store.
Works by chopsticks artisan, Masayoshi Yamada
Takahashi-san’s favorite lacquerware bowl
He has used his lacquerware bowl for almost 20 years. “It is my favorite and I have continued to use it despite some cracks here and there. I will leave it to the next generation to re-coat it before they use it.”
Ryuta TakahashiBorn in Tokyo in 1973. Takahashi-san opened Ginza Natsuno, specializing in chopsticks, in May 1999, and “Konatsu,” specializing in Japanese children’s tableware, in June 2003. He is CEO of “Gallery Mon” in Kazama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. He is currently actively engaged in efforts to promote Japanese culture through “lacquerware culture,” beginning with chopsticks. “Natsuno,” his chopsticks store in Aoyama is a popular destination with many foreign customers. Publications include The Ultimate Chopsticks (Sanseido), and Jibun no hashi to deau tame: Ohashi no hanashi (finding your own chopsticks: the story of chopsticks) (WAVE Publishing).
Makiko Imaialterna http://www.alterna.co.jp Having worked for several foreign IT firms, Imai shifted the target of her work to environmental and social issues after participating in the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity as an NGO member. She currently conducts interviews, edits and writes articles, develops educational programs and offers interactive counselling sessions.
Written by: Makiko Imai／ Planned and edited by: alterna