That’s our love.
Japanese friends gifted us this wood plate.
It soon became our treasure for us who love Japan a lot.
We wear it when we are in our home town since it reflects our love to Japan and we could show it to our friends.
We make our wood plates with our heart
As the saying goes, "touch wood" and "knock on wood", there is a concept also in Japan that God lives in a tree as said "Go-Shin-BOKU".
In addition, there is one more old way of thinking.
"God is in the details" The Edo period craftsman's of the philosophy is, God dwellis in the details of the work.
The philosophy is that the soul of the craftsman becomes a god and dwells in the work through polite work.
There are some mechanical tasks, but it is very important to brush the wood by hand, adjust the size of the letters one by one, and incorporate many analog elements into the work.
That is the KIFUDA that HOUUN GAMO makes.
Believe warm touch of wood texture is the most important factor!
Refining all surface by sanding it with all grades of grit.
Cut surface and drilled hole are also taken good care.
Also, to bring out good characterisitc of the material ultimately, we change the way we polish depending on the material.
It will soon be your partner as you hold it in your hand and you would like to use it longer and longer.
KIFUDA is Japanese soul
「could be loved for long time as a lucky charm」
Root of KIFUDA
In Japan, KIFUDA has been familiar in their daily living and used as lucky charm from long time ago.
Reason to be used as Lucky Charm
Protect from Fire and Disaster
Firefighters put their Wood plate (with their team number engraved) on the area they prevented the spread of fire. Plate of firefighters, it is representing firefighters’ sprit with their Matoi, team flag. Since then, they’re used as lucky charm for fire and disaster prevention. And also the designs and patterns of wood plate started to be popularly used for dyes and other items for people. Currently those are carried on to our generation and it is arranged and used in various shapes and items as Edo’s Style.
Substitution Protection against misfortune
Substitution Wood Plate are also sold at shrine and temples. When that plate breaks or loses, we think that plate protected as one’s substitution. The wood plate is the one you want to have it with your name engraved and it is your substitution. You may want to consider you had protected from misfortune or disaster when something happened to your wood plate.
Bring Good Luck!! "Wishing Good Luck" and "Good Luck Charm"
Design of Wood Plate is related with the one for Senjafuda. Senjafda, it is paper slip which is dedicated to shrine. Wood plate was dedicated before paper one widely used. The reason why written character is spread to all 4 corners is to wish (Good Luck) will be fully filled.
(Protection against misfortune), and wood plate brings good luck
As you see now the history of wood plate, we believe in our wood plate will bring you good luck. We deliver our wood plates with our heart and soul. And wishing your relationship with your love ones will be even greater with our wood plate.