The writer bought this business card case at the Takamatsu before. It is made using a Sanuki (Kagawa prefecture) traditional craft, a weaving technique called ‘botaori’. (Manufacturer: IWABUBOTAORIHONPO)
*From here on, manufacturer names will appear in parentheses.
At first sight, I fell in love with the check pattern and the warmness of the texture. While using it I’ve got used to it and grown very fond of it.
The place where I found this business card case is Sanuki Kogyo Kogeikan Sun Quelaque (‘Sanuki Industrial Arts Hall Sun Quelaque) located in the shopping area of Takamatsu city.
It is a select shop that sells Sanuki’s traditional handicrafts and local specialties.
The store opened in 2010. At first, it started as a showroom selling products made within the prefecture, but over time it became a select shop offering only carefully chosen “Sanuki’s truly fine products one would like to leave behind for the future”.
Besides sales, the shop also actively supports craftspeople and arranges study tours to product manufacturing sites and workshops.
In front of the store you can see an announcement board with “Sanuki no Kogeiten” (‘Sanuki’s Industrial Art Exhibition’). Different handicrafts are selected every month and put on display in the exhibition corner on the second floor of the store.
Well then, let’s start from the products on the first floor.
So cute~! This cute piece that ‘heals the heart’ is a piece of clay work called a “tsumami doll” (Miyauchi Ningyo). They are all handcrafted, so the expression on each doll’s face is different.
Next, local traditional sweets, “oiri” (Nariki) that are known to all Kagawa prefecture residents. When the writer was a child, whenever there was a wedding, they would be delivered to every house in the neighborhood. Lately, they’re popular as souvenirs.
Next, let’s head to the second floor.
These are “Oyako (parent and child) Daruma” (Izumiya Sekizai) displayed in the exhibition corner. There’s not much to say about the displeased expression of the child Daruma!
These are incense stands and paperweights among other objects made out of bronze (Hara Douzo Seisakusho & Hara Chuzosho ‘Hara Bronze Statue Plant & Hara Foundry’). A foundry with a 400-year history that also manufactures bronze statues and bells for temples makes them.
“First, we wish to let local residents know about the high quality of Sanuki products”,
is what a member of staff told us while gazing proudly at the products.
A store with carefully selected Sanuki products – We’re sure you’ll fall in love at first sight with the store’s articles, if you pay a visit.
Sanuki Kogyo Kogeikan Sun Quelaque
Address: 4-9 Minamishin-machi, Takamatsu city, Kagawa Prefecture
Business hours: 11.00~20.00
Holidays: Open everyday of the year
URL: http://www.sunquelaque-sanukis.com/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Yoshikawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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