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A modern craftsman who lives
with trees walks through
the primeval forests with a fall.

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Hida Sangyo Co.,Ltd.
Mr. Toshio Itaya

“It’s been a while since I came here last time. Perhaps, it was around my twenties at the time. I just come to the hot spring at the foot sometimes.”

This is Mr. Toshio Itaya speaking in front of the fall. He belongs to Hida Sangyo Co., Ltd, which has a long history of manufacturing furniture in Takayama city. He is a craftsman who has been recognized as “contemporary master craftsman” by Japanese government in 2014.

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Mr. Itaya was born and raised in Hida, and he continues to be engaged in woodworking in a technical department for prototyping since he joined Hida Sangyo when he was sixteen years old in 1965.

“All around here are cedars, and this one is a wig. Shogi, Japanese chess, boards are often made by them.”

Mr. Itaya was born and raised in Hida, and he continues to be engaged in woodworking in a technical department for prototyping since he joined Hida Sangyo when he was sixteen years old in 1965.

“All around here are cedars, and this one is a wig. Shogi, Japanese chess, boards are often made by them.”

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Mr. Itaya tells us that he recognizes what kind of trees they are by just looking at their leaves.

Cedar is a tree of which material is soft and considered unsuitable for making furniture that needs some strength.

However, Hida Sangyo, which focused on this tree with a scientific name of Cryptomelia japonica (a hidden Japanese asset), successfully made the most of this tree by increasing the density of wood by heat compression.

Mr. Itaya is one of thoese who have been sending excellent wooden furniture out to the world using this technology.