kagu

kitchen cabinets, clothing chests, merchant chests, tea cabinets, futon cabinets tables

komono

boxes and small things

kado ya bunbougu

cards & stationery

kimono

traditional clothing & fabrics

kagu: kitchen cabinets, clothing chests, merchant chests, tea cabinets, futon cabinets, tables

Kagu in Japanese means furniture, or literally home makings.  The current use of the term in Japan is relatively recent, coinciding with the importation of Western furniture in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Most of the kagu featured on our site are antiques and date from the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa historical periods. Kagu includes pieces of furniture described in Japan as tansu ("drawer-type" furniture) and todana ("shelf-like with doors" furniture).

Traditional furniture from Japan is, by design, minimalist: Modular, angular, simple and elegant. Each piece has been made by craftspeople from natural materials - wood, iron, bamboo, etc. Each piece has a patina, a story to tell, from use over time by Japanese people in their homes.

Please see each category for specific information on the pieces featured.

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