The Stories and Spirits of Japanese Folkcraft Toys

Mrs. Iijima and Mr. Usuda are co-heads of Atelier Taik, a design company that does all kinds of design work with the exception of architecture. They are passionate about their jobs and pursue rewarding experience, often becoming fans of their clients’ products or services in the process. In 2012, they opened Atelier Gangu, a small shop selling and introducing folkcraft toys handmade by artisans from all over Japan. I have visited them to learn about these toys that are not well known by the general audience. I did not expect that they would have such a deeper, spiritual meaning. What Is Gangu? In 2012, you opened “Atelier Gangu,”…

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