*First broadcast on November 11, 2021. Traditionally, wooden chests and cabinets are built and maintained by master artisans, using time-honored techniques and materials. Items are often passed down through multiple generations of a family, as heirlooms. Our main guest, antique shop owner Yamamoto Akihiro, introduces several unusual examples, and talks about how traditional furniture fits into the lives of young, modern Japanese.
Tanaka Eiji is an expert maker of paulownia chests and cabinets
This set of drawers was designed to store swords
Yamamoto Akihiro is the third-generation owner of a shop selling antique furniture