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.
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.
The color of roses. In Japan, happy thoughts about good events are expressed as 'a rose-colored future.'
A blue color with a hint of green. This pale indigo dye has a green hue, and is often called 'mizuasagi'.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ‘
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.