Hand shaped Kamakura curving sakazuki. Simple but beautiful. Wooden sake ware is the oldest style of sake ware. Highly skilled craftsmanship creates one of the highest standard of wooden sake ware.
Kamakura-bori originated some 700-800 years ago at the time when Zen Buddhism was being introduced to Japan from China. Several Zen Temples were constructed in Kamakura during this period and Buddhist statues and artifacts were carved by skilled craftsmen who refined and developed the techniques for what would become Kamakura-bori. Today, descendants of the early carvers continue the tradition and explore new ways of expression of the ancient craft.
Hakkodo is the oldest manufacturer of the craft in Kamakura. For 29 generations, the Goto family has been carving Buddhist sculptures and everyday objects in the craftsman tradition of Kamakura-bori. From the Meiji period (1868-) demand for quality craftsmanship led to the development of new techniques and designs and Hakkodo has pioneered modern and bold designs for more contemporary products. In 1900, Hakkodo opened the store at the present location just outside the torii gate at the entrance to the Hachimangu shrine.