Ominato Bunkichi Hemp Leaf Wazen Kumiko Tray L

JPY ¥66,000

The meticulous artistry of Kumiko woodworking from Ominato Bunkichi comes to life in this large tray from their Wazen series. Within the exquisite Kumiko woodwork lattice, intricate hemp leaf designs, symbolizing growth and protection from evil spirits, are prominently showcased.

Kumiko woodworking is a traditional craft which demands a tremendous amount of precision. It involves assembling thin wooden pieces entirely by hand without the use of nails or adhesives. The slightest misalignment can compromise its flawless integration, emphasizing the need for exceptional accuracy and masterful craftsmanship.

High-grade Akita cedar, native to Japan, lays a foundation of beauty and durability. The tray exudes a gentle aroma from the Akita cedar, subtly imbuing your space with the scent of traditional Japanese ambiance.

An elegant centerpiece to your dining table, this tray is perfectly sized for a fine-dining presentation of appetizers, sushi, and more. The footed design elevates the tray from the surface, creating a more pronounced display and making the tray and its contents stand out. Also, its transparent acrylic plate amplifies the elaborate Kumiko woodwork beneath, enhancing the visual allure of the plated items. 

A waterproof silicone coating prevents any staining, and rubber padding is attached to the tray's footing for stability. And with its lightweight, it allows for easy handling.

Nestled in Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture, Ominato Bunkichi Shoten has specialized in traditional Japanese crafts since the early Meiji era (1868-1912). Navigating from its origins in making traditional folding screens and now also offering a range of home decor and tableware items, Ominato Bunkichi skillfully uses the detailed Kumiko woodworking technique to bring fresh, innovative designs to their new items. 

Note: As the acrylic plate is not attached to the Kumiko woodwork base, secure the acrylic plate when handling. 


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: 42 cm (16.5 in) x 30.8 cm (12.1 in) x H4 cm (1.6 in)
  • Material: Wood, acrylic 
  • Origin: Made in Japan
  • Brand: Ominato Bunkichi


Situated in Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture, Ominato Bunkichi was established in the early Meiji era (1868-1912) as a producer and wholesaler of "Shibu-gami," a specially crafted Japanese paper used beneath tatami mats. The second-generation Bunkichi seamlessly integrated techniques from the local chest and wooden fitting industry, venturing into the manufacturing and wholesaling of elegant folding screens bearing decorative paintings and calligraphy.Today, the company masterfully blends its centuries-old woodworking expertise with modern designs, offering a diverse array of interior and home products cherished by customers.

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ABOUT Japanese Woodcraft

In Japan, 70% of the land is covered with forests, and there are said to be as many as 200 species of trees, including coniferous trees such as cedar and cypress, and broad-leaved trees such as zelkova, chestnut, and horse chestnut, that are used for construction and woodworking.

Woodworking techniques developed along with tools, giving rise to a variety of woodworking techniques such as sashimono, carving, gouging, grinding, bending, and hooping.

The skillful use of tools such as axes, machetes, planes, saws, chisels, and files in Japanese woodworking supports not only the lives of people but also the cultural heritage of temples and shrines.The elaborate techniques that have been cultivated over a long period of history are highly regarded around the world.