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[Cherry Blossom Season]

It is the cherry blossom season, which heralds the start of spring. The cherry blossom period is less than two weeks. The cherry blossom, which blooms suddenly and gorgeously and then falls in an instant, is a flower that symbolizes the spirituality of the Japanese people, and has become a cornerstone of the Japanese aesthetic sense and culture while accompanying people in their daily lives. Cherry blossoms are also often used as a symbol of Japan, and the surface of the 100-yen coin features a cherry blossom design.

The culture of hanami in Japan is said to have originated from an aristocratic event in the Nara period. The custom of hanami came from China, where people admired plum blossoms, but during the Heian period the focus shifted from plum blossoms to cherry blossoms. From the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, cherry blossom viewing went from a custom of the nobility to the warrior class, and from the Edo period, it became a culture of the common people. It seems that the best place for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo during the Edo period was Ueno Park, which used to be the precincts of Kan'eiji Temple.

Before the Middle Ages, cherry blossoms for cherry blossom viewing were mountain cherry trees, and in the Edo period, people enjoyed various types of murezakura (group cherry blossoms). Someiyoshino cherry trees, which account for 80% of all cherry trees in Japan today, were planted in large numbers throughout the country during the period of rapid economic growth in the Showa period.

Fujiki Denshiro Shoten's Sokawa Tea Canister is made of wild cherry bark, a traditional Akita Prefecture craft known as kabazaiku. In the "katamono" technique of making tea canisters, glue-coated sutra wood and cherry bark are wrapped around a cylindrical wooden form and pasted together to form the outer core, inner core, outer lid, and inner lid from a single cylinder. Since all parts are made from the same tube, it maintains a high degree of confidentiality even with changes in humidity. And the material cherry bark is suitable for tea canisters because it has the property of avoiding moisture and preventing drying. The bark of the mountain cherry tree is called "shimofurikawa" when the expression of the bark is fully utilized, and "mujikawa" when the bark is thinly shaved and polished. The luster increases with daily touch by hand, and you can enjoy the subdued color change over time.

This universal product, loved across generations, is a product that should be passed on to the next generation for use. Please visit our showrooms and take a look at the "shimofurikawa" and "mujikawa" of Fujiki Denshiro Shoten's Sokawa Tea Canister.

Fujiki Denshiro Shoten's Sokawa Tea Canister
https://www.shokunin.com/en/denshiro/ 
Ginza Showroom (Open from 9:00-18:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
https://www.shokunin.com/en/showroom/ginza.html 
Sanjo Showroom (Open all year round, 12:00-18:00, except for New Year's Eve)
https://www.shokunin.com/en/showroom/sanjo.html 
Imadegawa Showroom (Open from 14:00-17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
https://www.shokunin.com/en/showroom/imadegawa.html

References
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/サクラ
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ソメイヨシノ
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/花見
http://denshiro.jp/kabazaiku/
https://web.archive.org/web/20021019132921/http://www4.ocn.ne.jp/~kougei/j-index.html