Takuya works as the fourth generation of Urushi refiners at Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Store, which has refined Urushi since the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Urushi refiners’ work lies between that of the urushikaki and the nushi/nurishi. Urushikaki are tradesmen who cultivate and gather Urushi, which is tree sap. Nushi/nurishi are craftsmen who use the Urushi to make lacquered products such as bowls and Buddhist ritual implements. As an Urushi refiner experiencing the drop-off in domestic Urushi production, Takuya decided to create “urushi-no-ippo,” (lit. Our first steps in Urushi) an initiative to get the next generation to take an interest in and use Urushi items.
Through innovative collaborations with other creators such as in “Urushi×Alaia,” “Urushi x BMX,” and “Urushi x skateboard,” Takuya has created new opportunities for people to connect with Urushi.In hopes of passing on Urushi, a sustainable natural ingredient that has been used in Japan for more than ten thousand years, to the coming generations, Takuya co-founded Perspective in June of 2019.
Robin, who is originally from Ireland, is a true Renaissance woman: she is a practitioner of aikido, an illustrator, a designer, a movie director, and a translator; the common thread weaving together her many roles is her talent for fostering communication between people.
Kikuno is compassionate, polite, attentive, and vivacious, bringing joy to all those around her. She creates a special atmosphere distinct from the chaos of life in modern society by throwing matcha surprise parties everywhere she goes.
Mamoru is a forestry professional who majored in forest ecology and looks at the forest from both large and small-scale perspectives. Born and raised in Keihoku, the forest is his home, his playground, his library, and his workplace. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge and an avid storyteller about the mountains and rivers.
Tadashi worked for the Omron Corporation in design management for many years. Currently, he lives and works in both Keihoku and Kyoto City. Tadashi is using the knowledge of production he gained during his career to support craftsmanship for Keihoku and its forests while enjoying a post-retirement life close to nature.
Co-founder of the company RELEASE;, which helps balance sustainability and feasibility for the businesses of the future. In tandem with local industries and governments in Kyoto and other regions, Yukinori promotes the realization and spread of these cross-disciplinary business concepts. He advocates for a Community Based Economy in which people can live freely and peacefully with our blue planet.
Co-founder Takuya Tsutsumi’s family business. An Urushi refinery founded in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Their knowledge and initiative have helped bring in sympathizers with this important cause; they also serve as an important driving force for PERSPECTIVE. Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Store shares both resources and goals with PERSPECTIVE.
Through education and sustainable tourism, roots is passing on the knowledge left in Keihoku’s mountain villages, and developing it into ideas that can be used worldwide.
Satoyama Design manages brand identity design for Keihoku’s local businesses, and uses their extensive local network to promote Keihoku itself.