Japan is home to artisans of all kinds – those who practice traditional skills passed down over the generations, and others who specialize in the latest cutting-edge technology. There is a label reserved for the most skilled of those artisans: takumi. Takumi isn’t just artistry – it’s fine art.
Enter the TAKUMI Project: an endeavor bringing together Japan’s takumi masters old and new to deliver Japan’s unparalleled artisanry to the wider world.
The TAKUMI Project combines the best of Japan’s varied regions, industries and natural materials to create unique, never-before-seen products. In our search for the ultimate vessel to deliver Japan’s spirit of artisanry and hospitality to the wider world, we eventually chose two classic games of the mind: chess and poker. We believe these high-quality products will appeal to chess players, poker players and collectors worldwide.
About the TAKUMI Project
Thank you for your interest in the TAKUMI Project. My name is Taizo Yamamoto, the producer behind the project.
Traditional Japanese handicrafts have long received praise for their craftsmanship, but have not often been recognized for what else they are: true works of art.
The aim of the TAKUMI Project is to deliver Japanese artisanry to the wider world to help it receive the recognition we believe it deserves. To that end, we’ve assembled the finest artisans specializing in techniques both old and new: those with skills good enough to earn the label “takumi.” To us, takumi means combining the best of Japan’s varied regions, industries and natural materials to create unique, never-before-seen products. We’re working to infuse the takumi spirit into fine products we think will appeal to those around the world.