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Tiger Bamboo's"New Yorker"bag

 Tiger Bamboo's
 Tiger Bamboo's



Tradition and innovation fusion of Japan
It is a very unique structure and bamboo bag in the shape. The bamboo is a tradition of Japan's fashion products that were added.



New Yorker and New Yorker bag
Tiger Bamboo's
The one everybody of a New Yorker is holding in his hand is a bamboo bag of the name as the New Yorker.
New Yorker and New Yorker bag
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New Yorker
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Story behind the Tiger Bamboo's
Forty to fifty years ago, Japanese bamboo products were actively exported to various countries, including far places, such as the United States and Europe.

In fact, our company, Taketora, used to produce fishing rods made of Torafutake(Tiger Bamboo) and Kurotake (black bamboo) mainly for the US and European markets.

This bamboo bag was one of those Japanese bamboo products that were shipped over the Pacific to the US.
And many years later...

As a Japanese tourist was walking down a street in Manhattan, his eyes caught a New Yorker holding a very unique type of bamboo bag in her hand. While New York is such a huge city where everyone is dressed in their own way, the beauty of the Japanese-style bag still shone through-and yes, it was one of the bamboo bags that were mass-produced in Japan and exported to the US a long time ago.
The Japanese tourist fell in love with the bag and asked the New Yorker to sell it to him on the spot so that he could bring it back to Japan.

The bag that was brought back to Japan by a trick of fate after so many years in the US was then exhibited in the workshop of a bamboo craft artisan who had been connected with the Taketora family since the 2nd generation owner (the grandfather of the 4th generation Taketora), and this is how the 4th generation Taketora met the bag.
 
The beauty of the bamboo bag that traveled all the way back from the US lied in the structure -the unique and unconventional shape of the bag was formed by the way the bamboo sticks were woven.
 
Although it took us a while to trace the creator of the vintage bag, as it was made such a long time ago, we somehow managed to trace it back to late Mr.Shouchikudo Kosuge, a bamboo craft artisan who made a contribution to promote Japanese bamboo craft and left a number of masterpieces.

Tiger Bamboo's "New Yorker" bag was developed based on the vintage bamboo bag that came back from the US and made with Tiger Bamboo, a type of bamboo that is unique to Japan.

Also, with help from a bag designer, Ms. Kazuyo Nakano and many skilled craftsmen, we adjusted some elements of the original design, such as the size and the shape, to give "New Yorker" a modern feel.
 Tiger Bamboo's



There is only one bamboo in Japan
Nature of the tiger pattern on the bamboo can be seen. Tiger bamboo is in addition to is not a feature of the only.



Tiger Bamboo's
It is a very unique structure and bamboo bag in the shape. The bamboo is a tradition of Japan's fashion products that were added.




We are Taketora.
Taketora is a special brand of Yamagishi Bamboo Inc, founded in 1894.We make and sell bamboo products.Our base is located in an area called Awa where one of special bamboo species called Tiger Bamboo grows.Through our business, we propose happy lifestyle with bamboo.



←The logo of Taketora is a combination of bamboo leaves and a chinese character which means "tiger"
 





The surfaces of Tiger Bamboos have unique patterns like tigers' skin.Tiger Bamboos occur only in our base area, Awa in Susaki city, Kochi pref.in Japan.When transplanted into any other area than Awa, Tiger bamboos lose their tiger-like patterns.The reason why Tiger bamboo grows its characteristic patterns only in Awa is not scientifically clarified even though once scientists tried to solve the mystery.

The mysterious characteristics and beauty of Tiger Bamboo have attracted many bamboo dealers through Asia and media staff from all around the world. They have come to see our company as only Tiger Bamboo dealer. Staff members from BBC in the UK said "Tiger Bamboo is miracle!" again and again.That is why we call Tiger Bamboo "Miracle Bamboo".

Tiger Bamboos occur deep in mountains.Cutting and carrying down heavy bamboos are hard work.What is important is to select ones which have beautiful patterns NOT harvesting good bamboos which would be parent roots in the future.The selection is our workmen's professional work handed down from our predecessors.Harvesting is done in winter in order to protect the bamboos from bugs.

Harvested Tiger Bamboos are classified by their size, quality and use.The values of Tiger Bamboos depend on the patterns of their surfaces.

Bamboos are passed over a flame with a gas burner to make them more durable.In addition, this makes the patterns of the surfaces easier to see.Then, make them straight for raw bamboos are naturally curved.

Prepared Bamboos are manufactured for many different goods like chairs, kitchen tools, and bags.


Our Future
Our mission is to save Japanese bamboo tradition and hand it down to the next generation.People in Japan has been using bamboos for making tools for everyday life, religious rituals and many other different purposes. Nowadays, many cheap bamboo goods are imported and prevail.That makes why we intend to focus on domestically harvested bamboos.Our workmen cut and harvest bamboos in our local mountains with their own hands not using machinery.

From the 20th century, we have believed strongly that bamboos are useful and necessary for sustainable society and economy.Bamboos are one of the fastest-growing plants in the world.They mature 20 meter wide only in three months.Reusable as materials for products in three years, they are for ecology,In order to save our tradition and culture, we make use of technology.Our business strategy is now based on promoting and selling bamboo goods through the internet.We will never stop trying to save and expand Japanese bamboo culture.
竹虎四代目(山岸義浩、YOSHIHIRO YAMAGISHI、TAKETORA),taketora



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