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Mori Kougei Wooden Trays

Round Rays Tray "Indigo Dyed" Large

€485,00 EUR

  • Trays made using a new technique slicing wood into patterns
  • Design: Pasting like the light-beams
  • Indigo dyed to create beautiful colour and gradations

These beautiful trays give the impression that rays of light are beaming out of the centre. This design is called “Kosen-hari” in Japan, meaning "pasting like the light-beams" in Japanese. 

Wood sliced as thin as paper is called "Tsukiita". These thinly sliced wood veneer sheets are cut at a precise angle and pasted in a circular pattern. From there they are fashioned into a unique tray. 

This is a large tray has the signature Japanese indigo blue colour. It is dyed with traditional Japanese indigo dye, which is extracted from knotweed, through a traditional dyeing procedure.

The maker, Mori Kougei, is located in Tokushima Prefecture, one of the renowned locations producing indigo dye. The dye elevates the beauty of the grain patterns especially in beautifully figured wood (with shine).

This tray is larger in size than usual, but lighter in weight. It can be used to as a regular tray and also for other uses, placing it on a sofa or on the floor for a casual low table. 

Tree species: Indigo Dyed Sycamore
Size: Φ44 x H2.3cm
Finishing: Urethane clear coating
Product design: graf

Care instructions:
If it gets wet, please use a dry cloth to wipe it dry immediately
Store in a dry place away from direct sunlight 

Each tray is hand-made from natural materials. There may be a slight difference in the shape, colour and wood grain patterns due to the inconsistencies of the materials. There may also be some scratch marks or unevenness.

To watch how these are made Click Here

Original gift packing
with our traditional Japanese white rice bags
          Customized original Japanese gift bag

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NOTE before ordering this gift bag:

  • This offer includes a special individual packing, for your ordered item
  • Please kindly inform us about the exact products to be packed, in case multiple items are involved in one order
  • Suitable to pack product & products with global volume up to around 320 x 180 x 75mm
  • Cannot be ordered independently without other product

Packing Details:

  • White Komebukuro rice bag: 3kg
  • Closed and tied manually by our team, with white wrapping string

Japan-Best is first and foremost a story about Japanese craftsmen with the influence of contemporary design.

We are inspired by the timeless beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship, and their ability to adapt to our modern lifestyle. The more brands we meet, the more passionate we become about the stories behind each product; the skills of the craftsmen, or the long tradition of an object left unchanged for generations yet somehow remaining contemporary.

Japan-Best is a collection of Japanese brands, which we have selected for the originality of their design, the quality of their production, the fact that their production is “Made in Japan”, and the long history that they maintain, quite often for several generations.

Our Store in Paris:
Bows & Arrows
17 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth
75003 Paris, France
T. +33 9 83 70 76 98

Bows & Arrows is a concept store selling a selection of contemporary Japanese lifestyle brands: 

  • A variety of Stationary brands and accessories chosen for style, quality, functionality, and design
  • Candles, incense, and fragrance for the home or workplace
  • Decorative Items and traditional dolls
  • Bath accessories and design soap
  • Cosmetics using Japanese ingredients with cleansing, moisturising, and reparative qualities
  • Tableware brands with items designed and produced by Japanese craftsmen
  • Kitchenware tools and accessories, both traditional and modern
  • Towel and brush collections for a variety of technical uses in the kitchen, home, bath.
  • Knives and scissors from the famed Banshu Hamono district
  • Durable, water resistant washi paper products to carry your belongings
  • Accessories and bags from the cult brand "Porter-Yoshida&Co"
  • Apparel selected for quality, comfort, and durability
  • A selection of Antiques found through Japanese antique dealers
  • A selection of Food that we have researched to find the best quality using organic or natural ingredients
  • A selection of sake, shochu, spirits, and whiskeys
  • Limited edition items exclusively made for Bows & Arrows, only available at the store

To make our selection, we travel to Japan several times per year and draw on the knowledge of our Japanese curator friends. We attend many trade shows to find new products in that are being produced. We also get inspiration from our connections among designers, craftsmen, artists, galleries, and workshops or small factories.

The store exclusively sells: 

  • Japanese brands
  • Products made by skilled craftsmen
  • Contemporary and good-design products
  • Products that everyone can enjoy and use in their daily life

The store receives new items from Japan, always changing, always bringing new surprises, and/or inviting new artists and craftsmen for special events.

Bows & Arrows organises events where customers can experience Japanese culture including Ikebana flower arrangements, tea ceremony, Japanese gift wrapping, screenings, music nights, calligraphy, and a variety of other Japanese traditional crafts.

Bows & Arrows is the retail branch of the "Japan- Best" distribution company based in Paris, dealing with the international wholesale distribution of a variety of Japanese brands.