• MASATAKA HOSOO
    • TATSUYUKI KOSUGA
    • SHUJI NAKAGAWA
    • TAKAHIRO YAGI
    • TORU TSUJI
    • YUSUKE MATSUBAYASHI

Our Community

Behind Beyond KYOTO stands a strong team of experts, craftspeople and hotel concierges, including the members of Japan Handmade, a joint collaboration of Kyoto-based crafts companies. All share a passion for introducing the world to the poetry, beauty and soul of Kyoto in a friendly, welcoming and engaging way.

MASATAKA HOSOO

Brand Director HOSOO

Hosoo is a textile company founded in 1688 and specialised in superior quality fabrics for high-end interior design and fashion. HOSOO is widely acknowledged for revisiting traditional weaving techniques to create sophisticated contemporary design.

TATSUYUKI KOSUGA

Managing Director KOHCHOSAI KOSUGA

Since its establishment in 1898, KOHCHOSAI KOSUGA has been dedicated to exploring the qualities of bamboo at their workshops in Kyoto. The company is specialized in fine bamboo crafts and produces a wide range of products, such as tableware and bags.

SHUJI NAKAGAWA

Craftsman NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI

NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI represents the fine tradition of woodcrafting. Best known for producing traditional Japanese buckets using a traditional method that goes back some 700 years. Today, this method is as relevant as ever to create beautiful objects for everyday life.

TAKAHIRO YAGI

Director/Craftsman KAIKADO

The KAIKADO brand was established in 1875 and widely known for its splendid tea caddies with functional, airtight design. Recent KAIKADO design items have brought new sensation to the brand, adding contemporary flavour to the time-honoured universe.

TORU TSUJI

Director/Craftsman KANAAMITSUJI

KANAAMI-TSUJI takes its offspring in the traditional craftsmanship of Kyo-Kanaami (metal knitting). Today the company crafts interior lifestyle designs that recontextualises the technique and brings it to life in contemporary settings.

YUSUKE MATSUBAYASHI

Director/Craftsman ASAHIYAKI

Asahiyaki is located in Uji, the oldest tea-producing region of Japan. For more than 400 years, the company has specialised in porcelain with exquisite colour glazing. The product range celebrates the tea experience and includes teaware with contemporary appeal.