High quality handmade tools
made by the selective use of regional products and the best craftsmanship.


From a small group of craftsmen, many 'flowers' have flourished.

Cohana brand is high quality handmade tools made by the selective use of regional products and the best craftsmanship.

The brand name 'Cohana' is derived from the goddess Konohanasakuya-hime from Japanese mythology.
Konohanasakuya-hime is beautiful like the blooming of cherry tree blossoms,
and worshipped as a goddess of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, and symbolises prosperity.

Cohana uses traditional Japanese colors
that reflect the changing of the seasons.

  • 黄水仙 きすいせん

    The bright yellow color of daffodils. It is called 'daffodil yellow' in English, and 'jonquille' in French. It is said that the daffodil got its Japanese name ('suisen', literally meaning water sage) because its appearance of purity is like that of a sage.

  • 薔薇色 ばらいろ

    The color of roses. In Japan, happy thoughts about good events are expressed as 'a rose-colored future.'

  • 水浅葱 みずあさぎ

    A blue color with a hint of green. This pale indigo dye has a green hue, and is often called 'mizuasagi'.

  • 露草色 つゆくさいろ

    The color of Asiatic dayflowers. The water taken up by the flower is called 'aobana', which we have used to draw rough sketches for dyeing. In the old days, Japanese people used to call this 'tsukikusa', and used it to dye clothing.

  • 深川鼠 ふかがわねず

    A bright grey with a hint of blue. The English equivalent is 'sky gray'. The name of the color comes from the kimonos that fashionable young people of Kiba, Edo Fukagawa, and geishas started to wear during the Edo period. A chic color of the unique Japanese aesthetic quality, 'iki'.

Because we want our products to be enjoyed for a long time,
we are selective when it comes to materials and place of production.

made in japan

More than 60 years since its establishment ─ KAWAGUCHI's new challenge

As a long-established handcraft tool store with a head office in Nihonbashi,
we have been pursuing to create the best tools for the joy of all those who love handicraft.


NEWS 2018/11/29 

12月・日本橋本店 / 催事のお知らせ

催事のお知らせと、 12月のCohana日本橋本店スケジュールです。 Read More

NEWS 2018/10/01 

Christmas Limited Edition

We have released the Christmas Limited Edition. Click the banner below and go to the special page for the Christmas edition.

The theme for the Cohana Christmas Limited ver. in 2018 is “White Christmas”. This season’s special items, like the “Paperweight of Nambu Ironware” with a powdery snowflake surface and “Wooden Thread Winder” that can be used as an ornament will bring joy and smiles to your face.


NEWS 2018/10/01 

Cohana New Products in 2018 released

We have just released the following Cohana new products in 2018.

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Marking Pins with Flower colored Gold, Silver and Bronze

Flower marking pins colored gold, silver and bronze, each made from original molds produced by artisans. The metal parts are produced by cutting out a mold from wax, then taking a rubber cast from it. Lighter than the brass casts that used to be commonplace, and able to produce more intricate expressions, this method was also used for things like the buttons on knit cardigans and, since the middle of 1900’s, has decorated the clothes of working people.

Ukigami Memo Pad with 2.5mm Grid Paper

This Note pad opens f lat to 180°, and uses ukigami, a type of Echizen washipaper produced with unique methods, for its front cover. Because the center of the book doesn’t rise up when open, it provides a sensation just like writing on a f lat sheet of paper. This “f lat opening” book binding is an original patented technology of Nakamura Printing Company, founded in Asakusa in 1938. The veteran craftsmen of Tokyo’s Shitamachi area finally perfected this notebook after many hundreds of prototypes.

Ukigami Little Box and Colored Pencils

This little drawer-style box is made from ukigami, a type of Echizen washipaper produced with unique methods. Inside you will find high-quality colored pencils produced by Camel Pencil Mfg. Founded in 1939 and located in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward, Camel Pencil Mfg. is one of a select number of long-standing pencil manufacturers in Japan. Easy to draw with and producing good color, these pencils come in a set of 6, including black in addition to Cohana’s traditional Japanese colors.

Himeji Leather Pouch

Himeji white leather is also called Shironameshi that is good for people and the environment, tanned only with the use of ingredients provided by nature, and no chemicals. Leather tanned this way is given a beautiful white finish with a fine texture. The white leather can then be dyed with beautiful colors, and this is what sets Shironameshi Leather apart.

Mini Scissors from Seki

These mini-scissors were created by Hasegawa Cutlery, a manufacturer of edged tools established in 1933 and located in Seki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan’s foremost cutlery-making town. You can cut with these scissors by gripping them with your fingers and pinching lightly.

Wooden Thread Winder

Small Japanese Wooden Thread Winder from Golondrina, a small woodworking shop and craftsmanship laboratory that seems to leap from the pages of a picture book in the Suwa district of Nagano Prefecture. Each winder is carefully cut from wood, one at a time. Golondrina has a unique philosophy, and a concept of “Things That Excite.” These winders, which allow you to feel the warmth that comes from being handmade from wood, are packed with Golondrina’s ideas.

Magnetic Button of Shigaraki Ware

Shigaraki ware pottery with a button motif, made by Meizan Gama, a ceramics manufacturer founded in 1622 in Koka, Shiga Prefecture.  Shigaraki ware is distinguished by its earthy charm, which conveys a sense of simplicity and robustness.  Its profoundly fascinating look has a connection with the spirit of “wabi-sabi” (the beauty of natural imperfection), and it has produced countless masterpiece tea utensils.

Magewappa Embroidery Hoop Toolbox

A “Magewappa” (box made by bending wood) and  “Embroidery Hoop” bent and made by hand one by one out of thinly-shaved Japanese cedar and hinoki cypress. The handicraft of the artisan, pliability of the wood, and perfectly straight wood grain together make for a beautiful wooden curve.

Tape Measure of Yuzen Leather

“Yuzen Leather” is leather which has been dyed using a method created by Mr. Takeguchi. He applied Japanese traditional Yuzen dyeing to leather. Special dyes bring out the unevenness on the leather surface, so that users can enjoy the unique expressions of each piece of leather.The tape measures have been created by the company Hara DOKI. They are made of high quality glass fibers and do not stretch or contract, so that accurate measurement is possible at all times.The vertical scales are in Cohana’s original black and beige two-tone color.

Magnetic Spool of Hasami Ware

“Hasami Ware” has a history of about 400 years, and has been widely produced since the Edo era and many people feel familiar with it. This is a ceramic spool which has been made by Cohana in collaboration with Ishimaru Togei, a company that was founded in 1948 and has their pottery workshop in Hasami.

Sewing Needle Set

“Meboso Needles” has a history of more than 430 years, and has been loved by seamstresses in Kanazawa. The most unique characteristic of the “Meboso Needles” is its ability to pierce with little contact with the fabric, made possible because of its vertically polished surface. By adding an extra touch to these delicate needles, they have been made to smoothly slide through the fabric.

Bamboo Scale of Brass

A bamboo scale evokes you nostalgia. The markings, which are called “stars”, can be seen from the side and from the top, and are a distinct characteristic of bamboo scale. We have used laser marking to engrave these stars and the scale into brass. We have been peculiar about retaining the traditional bamboo scale designs, by creating a gentle curve for the surface and coloring some of the stars in vermilion.

Marking Pins with Glass Beads

Mysterious “tombo-dama” (glass beads), their production method already established by the Nara period (which began in 710 A.D.), using closely-guarded techniques. It is said that in the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.), with much trade arriving from China and Europe, glass-making techniques from abroad were also entering the stream, and the production of “tombo-dama” became even more varied.

Pincushions of Cypress and Banshu Textile

The base, with its uniquely plump, round shape, is made from fragrant hinoki cypress from the Kii Mountains. The material is “Banshu weave,” produced in the North Harima region of Hyogo Prefecture. They are distinguished by their natural texture, abundance of color, and wonderful feel. The pin cushion is filled with stuffing that takes pins easily, and does not cause rust.

Sewing Scissors with Wooden Handles / Small Scissors with Wooden Handles

These scissors are made in the Banshu Hamono tradition, a famous blade-making method with a 230-year history. The scissors are an east-west fusion, with durable stainless steel. The handles are made with wood, and sit comfortably in the hand. They are carefully made by hand, one at a time.

Shozaburo Thread Snips with Silk Iga Braid

World-famous Shozaburo scissors are made with devotion, one pair at a time, by artisans who do not compromise on quality. The makers are direct descendants of the spirit of the original maker, Shozaburo himself.

Paperweight of Nambu Ironware

These pattern weights with a button motif are made with Nambu ironware, with the distinctively subtle roughness of its casting surface. The more you use them, the more perfectly they fit your hand.

Paperweight of Brass

Brass pattern weights, beautifully made with consistent craftsmanship and advanced technology. With its high-quality feel, this brass becomes more textured the more you use it. ‘

Waxed Canvas Tool Tote / Canvas Knickknack Bag

Woven in Kansai; dyed, processed, and sewn at a facility in Osaka; durable, light canvas tool carriers and accessory carriers. The tool carrier is an easy-to-carry, bag-style item. Paraffin is applied for a unique texture that grows, and a fit that gets more comfortable as you use it. The accessory carrier has a plump shape. Three of them can fit snugly in the tool carrier, so you can use it with compartments, as well.


Visiting Artisans 2018/10/26 

中村印刷所 浮き紙の水平開き手帖

Cohanaにまつわるモノ・コト・バそして人から、日本のものづくりを伝えていく【Story】。第三回は『浮き紙の水平開き手帖』をつくる、東京・下町の印刷所・中村印刷所さんです。 …Read More

Visiting Artisans 2017/11/01 

松島組紐店 伊賀くみひもの糸切ばさみ

Cohanaにまつわるモノ・コト・バそして人から、日本のものづくりを伝えていく【Story】。第二回は『伊賀くみひもの糸切ばさみ』の産地・三重県伊賀市の松島組紐店です。   …Read More

Visiting Artisans 2017/05/28 

Visiting OISEI Foundry that produces the Paperweight Made of Nambu Ironware

We visited OISEI Foundry that produces the Paperweight Made of Nambu Ironware in Iwate. Mizusawa-ku Haneda town where OISEI Foundry is located is a “casting town” where many casting companies are. We found the letter “OISEI Foundry” in the rich nature surrounded by the Kitakami River and the green. …Read More


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