Known for kamaboko fish cakes and traditional woodcraft, the town of Odawara, located in the western Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, is a woodworkers paradise with expansive wooded areas and a history rooted in centuries-old woodworking traditions.

Deep in that forest—in a repurposes shrine—sits the Japanese wood houseware manufacturer brand Hikiyose.

Known for their unique aesthetic that’s the result of milling timber into square rods using a rotating pattern, the housewares are still made today using only the most simple design processes from their locally sourced material.

In this recently released video, we get a behind the scenes look at the idyllic forest setting that these traditional Japanese woodworkers call home:

Find out more about the brand and its heritage over at Hikiyose.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.