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Cherry Blossom in Kakunodate, Japan

Cherry Blossom in Kakunodate, Japan

So, can we finally trust that the Spring has arrived in London, too?
While we have been waiting for the warmer season, the cherry blossom in Japan has pretty much come to an end. After appreciating the bloom, it is probably a good time to introduce another way to appreciate the cherry tree.

Kabazaiku is the regional craft of making products from wild cherry tree bark in Kakunodate, Japan. Originating from the 18th century, Kaba craft was initially used for making brush handles, bows, and sheaths for swords. Passed down from masters to apprentices, the techniques are continually evolving.

The bark of the abundant cherry trees is cleaned and polished to make it smooth and uniform

The bark of the abundant cherry trees is cleaned and polished to make it smooth and uniform

The bark is cut into the desired shape, then reapplied to the core wood using the cherry sap as an adhesive

The bark is cut into the desired shape, then reapplied to the core wood using the sap as an adhesive

The application process involves using a metal trowel which is heated over a fire

The application process involves using a metal trowel which is heated over a fire

The cherry bark maintains a relatively constant moisture level, acting as a natural insulator against changes in humidity, essential in the storage of tea leaves. The distinctive dark red colour is a combination of the natural colour of the bark and the tree’s sap.

 

At Momosan Shop, you can find a range of cherry products that might be a nice addition for a new season.

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