Where to buy "hako" for utensils online?

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I sometimes buy utensils from western artists and they tend not to include a hako with their utensils. I was wondering if anyone knew of a place where I could order boxes and the string to go with of various sizes for my utensils?

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Shinichi Takeishi from RIKYU http://www.rikyucha.com  has confirmed that rikyucha.com sell such boxes, and will ship.

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This answer is partially directed towards people in the US, but the rakuten solutions are obviously fine for Europe as well. I haven’t actually bought any empty boxes, so I’m not sure what the available quality is.

teadogu.com stocks some chawan sized ones (With the usual 100+% markup). Used boxes are also available on auction sites but unfortunately have writing on them.

You can buy some new ones in various sizes from Japan obviously. Here’s one example store on rakuten (e-gazai.com):
https://item.rakuten.co.jp/e-gazai-tougei/c/0000000218/

Those come with or without string attached, and the string is actually quite easy to get. teadogu.com as well as for example asakichi in San Francisco stock sanada himo (真田紐)(the name of the string).  For chawan boxes, 4 bu (around 12mm) is the width of the himo. If you look for sanada himo on rakuten there are many options. I’ll mention that the himo as well as the box come in multiple grades with corresponding price increases. A really nice himo would be pouch-weave silk (fukuro-ori), but the single weave cotton ones are nice enough (and easier to tie for Urasenke, our knot is prone to slipping with pouch weave silk in my limited experience).

Here’s a nice source on sanada himo with information about quality levels and the standard urasenke knots etc… (I think they also sell himo, there is a price list on the site):
http://www13.plala.or.jp/enami/

Enami (the himo shop above) also has a lot of information that I can’t parse (Japanese only) about using himo to authenticate pieces and so on. They seem quite knowledgeable. If you can speak Japanese, they can probably recommend good places to buy boxes as well (or maybe even stock them in their physical shop).

A search for “真田紐” on Rakuten also yields quite the offering, and a google search produces many Japanese companies, but I’m not sure how many will ship directly to Europe. The store selling the boxes above also sells turmeric cloth and many other supplies (like pottery and wood working supplies).

  • Amr
    As an aside, I plan to make some of my own turmeric cloth soonish. We’ll see how that works out.
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