Kishiwada’s Furniture Makers

How to make a chest of drawers from planks of wood

By Alena Eckelmann    - 1 min read

Hatsune no kagu has been in business for almost 100 years and the craft of manufacturing the chest of drawers has been passed on from grandfather to father to son. They employ ten people at their workshop and they sell the furniture they produced at their show-room in Kishiwada, the home of the Danjiri festival, at department stores and online. There are 14 steps to manufacture a chest of drawers. At Hatsune no kagu they are all done under one roof at their workshop. It takes three years to make a chest whereby step one, the drying of the wood, takes two years. Paulownia wood is dried naturally outside the workshop hall. Two years are necessary to dry the wood so that it does not move anymore.

Hatsune is an officially registered “Kishiwada Brand” and also a registered “Traditional Craft of Osaka”.

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Partner since the conception of the platform in 2011! In Tokyo I worked in market research at AIP Corporation and in business education at JMEC. For the last 10 years I have been a guide for foreign visitors at Venture Japan, on top of being a Freelance Writer and a Business Researcher.  Apart from work, I trained at the Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo and at the Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Dojo for several years each, and I ran the 1st Tokyo Marathon and enjoyed cycling around Tokyo. During the last 10 years I am working with local authorities to improve their hospitality to foreign visitors and I have participated in many monitors as a media representative.  My current interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains, and I love visiting temples and shrines.   I am a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails  and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and licensed guide for Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy).  As a guide for walking tours, I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail and the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail.  Being grounded during this COVID-19 crisis, I enjoy gardening, baking bread in my new Japanese bread-maker and going for walks around 'my' village.  Take care, keep well, stay safe!