Chushin Kobo Co., Ltd

Who we are

About Chushin Kobo

“Chushin kobo” is a studio proposing the traditional beauty of casting transmitted to Japan due to Masuda's design to today's lifestyle.

Traditional crafting is not inherently conservative, but in that era it is a very innovative combination of hard and soft.

As a living tool that traditional craft gives richness and happiness to people's lives, a new tradition can be built by having modernity.

Chushin kobo is a creative workshop that creates a universal design centering on castings with seeds of Japanese culture.

The material of product is made from new ingots, recovered old cast iron, and cast iron from the sprue of the product, about one-third each, and is manufactured in a way that does not place a burden on the environment while recycling the materials.

Philosophy

“Chushin kobo” is a studio proposing the traditional beauty of casting transmitted to Japan due to Masuda's design to today's lifestyle.

Traditional crafting is not inherently conservative, but in that era it is a very innovative combination of hard and soft.
As a living tool that traditional craft gives richness and happiness to people's lives, a new tradition can be built by having modernity.
Chushin kobo is a creative workshop that creates a universal design centering on castings with seeds of Japanese culture.

The workshop was founded in 1997 aiming to produce and distribute the items designed by Hisanori Masuda.

Contents Development can be categorized under five headings.

1.functional kitchen utensils.
2. rust steel colored decorative interior items.
3. recycled aluminum tableware and decorative interior ware.
4. colorful cast iron decorative interior items and tableware.
5. cast ironwork used in interior and exterior architecture a work、

Chushin kobo Co.,Ltd

2-1-12 Do-machi, Yamagata-city, Yamagata-pref. JAPAN 990-0051

TEL:+81-23-625-4484 FAX:+81-23-642-4101

E-mail:info@chushin-kobo.jp Homepage:http//chushin-kobo.jp

Our values

Hisanori Masuda

Caster and Designer

Profile

Hisanori Masuda was born in 1949 in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Musashino University of Art (Fine Arts and Design) where he studied under Prof. Mosuke Yoshitake, Hisanori stayed on as a studio assistant to his professor for 5 years. During this time, Hisanori was successful in revitalizing local industries through product design. Later he moved to Yamagata City and established his own studio, "Chushin Kobo" in 1997. He seeks to recreate objects retaining the beauty of traditional Japanese cast iron but stylishly adapted to fit contemporary life-style. Using iron, aluminum and bronze, he designs, produces and sells all his own work. He is currently a member of Japan Craft Design Association. He teaches at Tohoku University of Art and Design and Yamagata University in the department of education.

The History of Yamagata Casting

It began in Yamagata 900 years ago during the Kohei Period. Yoriyoshi Minamoto got an order to conquer Oushu (an old part of Yamagata). During their battle in Yamagata, one of their warriors, (who happened to be a casting man) found that the sand along Mamigasaki river and the soil at Chitose Park was perfect for casting; so he decided to stay there.

600 years ago, in the first year of the Enbun Period, Kaneyori Shiba came from Osaki to Murayama in Yamagata. He built a new castle called Ksumiga castle. At that time Kaneyori ordered 9 casting workers to donate many of their casting products to him. The casting town was called Imono, which was next to Kokubunji Yakushii town.

Then came the Keicho Period, the number of casting workers in Imono grew to 17. They received protection from the landlord and were exempt from paying tax. The town was moved North to an area now known as Dou town. It was formed as an industrial town.

Yamagata casting was produced locally and used as a daily commodity and as a Buddhist altar item. Dewsanzans` worshipers and worshipers from all over Japan bought the casting products as souvenirs. Thats how Yamagatas` casting spread to many places around Japan. As casting techniques progressed, more products and larger items were made, such as the main bell of a temple. They strived and got a diploma for producing castings for the bell of Buddhist temples.

Yamagatas` casting continues up to today and is based on everyday commodity and art. It has a winning distinction with a solid reputation of traditional thin casting technique and the beauty of the surface called “Thin Beauty”.

In the Meiji Period year 9 (1876) Yamagata prefectural office was established. They recognized that Yamagatas` casting products was one of the best in all of Japan, so they helped to promote these products. In the Showa Period year 49 (1974) a law for the promotion of traditional industrial arts was passed. Yamagatas` casting is designed as a primary product. It is produced with a traditional handmade skill and technique. It is thought to have other excellent qualities such as enriching our lives with its elegance.