The Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture is mountainous and well forested with a wide variety of trees. The area is famous for its marquetry (Hakone Yosegizaiku), which feature geometrical patters showing the natural colors and grains of the wood from these trees.
This craft tradition began in the Hatajuku district of Hakone toward the end of the Edo period. The majority of Yosegizaiku was then made with random or simple patterns using solid pieces of wood, but the more complex pattern gradually became more popular. A new technique was developed in the mid-twentieth century (early Showa period) that involves slicing off the surface of the inlaid wood to create a layer called the zuku. New designs that utilise this technique are still being developed today.
Many of the yosegi marquetry sold at MA by So Shi Te are specifically designed for my shop. I personally prefer simple monotorn design, so I request the craftsmen to make something simple.
For example, the photoframe is decorated with 麻の葉 (Asano-ha, which literally means Linen leaf design). We have believed that the Asano-ha design keeps bad spirits away from you, so it is often used for Kimono.
The details of photoframes can be found on our online shop http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/122-3-6.html .
The business card size box is also covered with the same design.
There is also a small tray.
These are regular items, but new things keep coming to the shop, so when you have a chance to visit my shop, you will see something new, which cannot be purchased anywhere else.
Other items can be found on this online shop page
MA by So Shi Te
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062