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show your passion for bathing on the Japanese TV!

2016.7.19 UPDATE- (see at the end of the post)


Dear japan-lovers,
I just sent this email below to the mailing list. I am copying here the text for those of you who are not in the list.

How are you? It has been few months since the last mailing.
Things have been very busy and I did not manage yet to start the “bartok yukata kimonos” collection. Bear with me until september, I will provide updates in the homepage news section so keep an eye on it!
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Anyway, this mail is about a different topic: I have been contacted by a TV program producer.
(see the original mail here below)
Are you interested in showing off your love for japan on the japanese TV?
Please send me a video (if you prefer you can send it directly to Japan Footage Inc. at the details below).
If you are selected… YES!
You will be invited to Japan as a guest in the TV program!
Check the details in the email here below and/or contact me for any question.
Best//
iacopo~
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Hello Iacopo,
I’m Senna Tateyama, from Japan Footage Inc.
Now I’m looking for Japanophiles who want to appear on a Japanese TV program “Who wants to come to Japan 世界ニッポン行きたい人応援団”.
(This is the official website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/nipponikitaihito/ Unfortunately, only Japanese version is available now.
Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/whowantstocometojapangp/ This one is written in English for the most part.)
I saw your home page, and was really impressed with your Hinoki Wood Japanese bathtub !
It makes me want to ask you a favor. If you know any other non-Japanese Hinoki bathtub lover like you or Hinoki bathtub international networks, could you introduce them to us?
Now we are looking for people who have never been to Japan, but with a strong passion to Japanese traditional culture.
The process of participating to our TV program is,
1. Send us a short video which shows your passion to Hinoki bathtub
2. Selection ( we have a selection meeting every week about who to invite to Japan)
3. The chosen challenger will be invited to Japan to have a special experience in the area of their interests
These are some episodes from our program.
We would like to feature overseas Hinoki bathtub enthusiasts.
(Please note that: We can’t guarantee that the video will be used in this program. The producers of this program will choose some out of many.)
If you’re interested in this project and have any questions about it, please contact me.
We would appreciate it if you could support and cooperate with us!
Best regards,
Senna
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Senna Tateyama
Japan Footage Inc.
Visual Contents Division
8F, Ichigo Shiba-Koen Bldg. 3-12-1, Shiba, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 105-0014 Japan
Tel:81-3-3452-2711
Fax: 81-3-3452-2722
E-mail: tateyama<at~~mark>jfkinc.jp
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This is an update about the participation to the japanese TV program.
I spoke with the TV producer: the clause “has never been to japan” is not a sine-qua-non.
What is important to qualify for the participation to the program is the “degree of your passion for japan”. (This was difficult to translate, I hope you can get the message).
They are looking for people with a “deeper interest for japan” than the average tourist.
For instace: if your dream is to become a japanese carpenter, or if you would like to become the apprentice of a pottery maker to learn his the secrets…
They are looking for people with a clear purpose rather than a “general interest about japan”
Please contact Tateyama-san and describe your passion, they will evaluate if you meet the criteria.
Best//
iacopo

sketchup Japanese bathhouse

We are planning a modern Japanese bathhouse to be placed in the garden of a victorian terraced house in London.
from-folding-doors

This is just a concept plan, the client`s local architect will deal about permits, design details etc.

It is a simple layout with outside storage, open terrace, lavatory room and bathroom.

I am proposing a “araidashi” pebble floor and a natural trunk as a kind of “daikoku bashira” free standing column at the corner. The walls are in sugi pine siding and the roof in sheet metal

open-window

A shoji-inspired window in 3 panels opens offering to the bather the preferred balance between view and privacy

look-house

The bathroom features a W1350 D 750mm knotless hinoki  bathtub with copper apron and wooden dowels at the corner joint

look-tub

Accessories include a 1200 x 1400mm “sunoko” floor duckboard invisibly split in 2 panels, hinoki stool and sawara bucket

vanity

Try to look for “bartokdesign” inside the sketchup 3D warehouse if you wish to navigate the model!

sawing of massive hinoki lumber

We have 5 tubs on the “production line” and are in the last stages of the bidding for a large supply for a hotel.
It is going to be a hot summer…

Luckily, we are finding beautiful lumber from our suppliers to replenish stock.
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Yesterday we spent almost the full day slicing massive hinoki lumber.
As the market for traditional hinoki products (sushi counters etc.) is quite slump in Japan our grumpiest suppliers are slowly releasing their hidden treasures…
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hinoki products pamphlets are ready!

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Finally we gave birth to the first Bartok design pamphlet.
Since we sell mainly outside of japan and tru the internet, until now I always procrastinated but now I will be finally able to satisfy all the requests of friends wanting to present the Bartok design tubs and accessories to trade shows, friends and clients.
There are also several hotels catering to international clientele who asked me some presentation material in the past.

If you need some pamphlets or want to promote the Bartok design products (contact iacopo torrini for details) let us know!

We have been caught in the NET… (Server problems)

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Dear japan lovers community:

As you might have noticed,

    our server was down on on 5/9 and 5/10 for about 20 hours.

If you contacted us by email but are not receiving an answer, please contact us again.
We have been caught in the NET…
Also, I noticed our japanese IP address has problems with some hotmail and gmail accounts.

If your messages are returned, please use the alternative address as below:
iax1213[at]gmail[dot]com

By the way, the image on the top are koi-nobori (flying carps). Did you know?
Every family displays (or used to…) this fish shaped flags in front of their house. One carp for each family member, starting from the father and mother on top and following with all the children in order of age.
The festival culminates on 5/5, a festivity dedicated to children.
The carp is a divine creature and brings good auspices to the kids as they may avoid obstacles and swim thru life in a cheerful way.
Of course the mild weather and blue skies of may are even more pleasant with these colorful ornaments which move together with the wind!

But … lets go back to work now.
For all of you who missed us (I received 3 messages on facebook) sorry again and YES, I am looking forward to working with you and remain at your disposal for any question/problem.
All the Best!

Bartok design Japan Co.
Manager: Iacopo Torrini
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cell.: +81-90-8205-1200
iax1213[at]gmail[dot]com
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(click on the photo below to open the related blog entry)

Survey about yukata: RESULTS

We received 26 votes thru the survey form and one via email.

Here is a summary of the results:
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The Yoshiwara design won with ample advantage
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Yes, I think we will apply the logo on the bottom corner
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Almost a dual match between navy and red. I think we will provide the two options for you to choose!
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We will develop one or two patterns of yukata bathrobe and will keep remain open to any further comment or advice you may have! All the Best//

Getting ready for the next production of special reserve oil

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In the pictures above you can see about 800 Kg. of scraps of kiso hinoki wood.
I am going to distillate this material for the second harvest of special reserve hinoki essential oil.
To my knowledge, there is no maker producing oil from 250 (and over) year old hinoki wood.
As we could experiment in the first harvest (autumn 2014) the scent is superb, less forest like and more spicy than commercial grade hinoki essential oil (usually made with 70-90 year old lumber)

Before bottling the production, I want to offer a special deal to the heavy users and commercial users.
I will sell about half of the total in 100ml bottles at 12,000 JPY per bottle. or 10 bottles for 100,000 JPY.
Compare to the 4500JPY in case of the 10cc individual package bottle with drip cap!
It is almost 1/5 the price!

If interested please contact me at: japan@bartokdesign.com

Survey for new product: YUKATA ROBES

For 13 years, almost weekly I have been posed the following question:
“do you also carry yukata robes?” (The type of casual kimono you use while in your room in the ryokan or after taking a plunge in a onsen).

In a world regurgitating with products…, I just though it was best for me to concentrate on one I was able to fully design and develop: custom made japanese ofuro.
I was honored to have been recognized and trusted by thousands as an ambassador of the japanese style bathing and I was comfortable in my niche.

But things are going to change.

While living in Japan, I have a privileged communication channel with a wide community of japan-lovers around the globe: this circumstance is not only bless but also a responsibility.

I feel more and more like I have a moral obligation to exit my comfort zone and provide more value to all of you who are trying to graft a slice of japan into your lives.
For this reason, I decided to start a new product line: wear.

Of course the first product of the list will be the long awaited yukata robes.
And I will need your help.
To provide the type of yukata you are looking for, I will need your opinion: the selection I will propose will be based on the survey below.
I will be grateful if you will share with me your thoughts!
It is a simple google survey consisting of 3 main and 3 sub-questions and takes from 30 to 60 seconds to complete.
The survey is anonymous but I will extract 3 of you and present a brand new yukata! (I will contact the winners thru the mailing list using their nicknames)

Please refer to the photos below the survey box. Thank you in advance for your time and precious advice!
NOTE: Feel free to repeat the survey to record the opinionof your family members as well!


(please fill in the survey in the box above)


Question a: which type of wear you may be interested in?

(indicate the level of interest for each option)

yukata bathrobe

No.01 tatekan

matsuri yukata

yukata matsuri

jinbei

jinbei

formal kimono

formal kimono


Question b: in case of yukata, which design do you like?

#01 Tatekan

No.01 tatekan

#02 kusari

No.02 kusari

#03 Yoshiwara

03-daiwa-yoshiwara

#04 Renga

04-renga

#05 Take

05-takegara

#06 Shippou

06-shippou

#07 Matsubishi

08-matsubishi

#08 Genjikou

11-genjikou

#09 Fuchidori Ogi

13huchidoriougi

#10 Orizuru

15-oriduru

#11 Hanakasumi

16-hanakasumi

#12 Matsuba Koma

19-matsuba-koma


Question c: Where do you prefer the bartokdesign brand logo?

on the chest

near the feet

Question d: which material/color you like for the obi belt?

Red/plain

Navy/plain

Yellow/knitted

Green/knitted

Brown/knitted

Stripes


(please fill in the survey in the box above)


sorry for the TYPO…

Dear subscribers to the Bartokdesign mailing list,

Sorry for the typo in the mail I sent you few hours ago.
Although I am using an automated system, I personally write the text to 1050 subscribers.
Receiving a personal mail … addressed to “Dear {!firstname_fix},” must have been a terrible experience.
I deeply apologize and hope you give me one more chance.

Yours sincerely,

Bartok design Japan Co.
Manager: Iacopo Torrini
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e-mail: japan@bartokdesign.com
tel: +81-78-262-6811
fax: +81-78-262-7151
cell.: +81-90-8205-1200
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Echizen lacquerware

Production area:

Sabae is a small city on the korean sea within the Fukui prefecture.
Amazing enough, the majority of the eyeglasses frames made in Japan is produced in this 60,000 people town.
Very roughly, if you look at a map of Japan you will see that Sabae is located north of the Biwako lake, almost in between Kyoto and Kanazawa (also known as small Kyoto.)

sabae

History:

I am not sure if this is the reason why Sabae is also one of the capitals of japanese Urushi Lacquerware, but the historic archives prove that in the 6th century emperor Keitai appointed skilled craftsmen from Sabae to repair broken crowns of the imperial family.
The craftsmen did a perfect job and presented a simple black lacquer bowl to the emperor.
The emperor was surprised at the sturdiness and beauty of the craft and adopted the Sabae craftsmen as the official supplier of the court. Since then the crafts produced in this area are known as Echizen Lacquer ware.
Sabae constantly developed the technique to bloom in the edo era with the Maki-e (Gold Lacquer) as the most famous Japanese laquerware production area.

urushi-tray

Shikki from Misako:

My friend Misako, originary from Sabae is a “lacquerware coordinator”. She selects shapes and the most suitable craftsman to produce the tableware and created a collection of all time classics for Bartok design.
Lacquerware is sturdy and lightweight. It is in-frangible and long lasting.
But there is one problem you should be aware of:
YES, items made of solid wood, carved on a spinning table are authentic and highly priced.
On the other hand, if brought to other countries which do not have the same high relative humidity peculiar of the japanese islands… the solid wood tableware is prone to crack, thus spoiling the invincible and immaculate lacquer coating. (sigh!)

Quality:

Do not make that face! Misako has a solution for us. The items she picked up are made with a base of wood paste (glue and wood chips) molded to obtain the required shape.

This bases are stable and cheaper than the solid items.
The bases are then hand painted with the best lacquer, without compromises.
To summarize: the SHIKKI (= lacquerware) items consist in two main handcrafts:
1) wood carving
2) lacquer layering

The items we are proposing have the following specifications:
1) molded base (no hand carving)
2) best quality lacquer layering

The Misako collection provides the best cost performance and an amazing flexibility.
Her items are smooth and gorgeous while being lightweight and durable.

Shapes, sizes and order made items:

She can make the items you are looking for in small series or single items: feel free to mail us at japan@bartokdesign.com

Lacquerware is great for a gift, is very practical (many items are dishwasher safe) and could be an amazing atmosphere maker for restaurants, parties and events. Of course it is perfect not just for japanese food: the top of the sophistication is to serve a shrimp salad or a swordfish carpaccio in a stunning japanese tableware.

Find our the standard items in the shop section and do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for something different!

Best regards and … Bon apetit (itadakimasu!)

Find our the standard items in the shop section and do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for something different!

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