Kikori's Tsumiki Land

OCHIAISEIZAIJYO (Shizuoka)

Shimada in Shizuoka Prefecture was once known as the “city of trees” for its active lumber industry thanks to the lush green forests along the valley of the Oi River that runs through the city. However, demand for wood has declined in recent years. Kikori’s Tsumiki Land, a set of wooden blocks, was produced using local hinoki cypress in hope of creating more opportunities for children to play with natural, wooden toys. While most foreign-made wooden blocks use broadleaf trees such as beech and maple, which are hardwood, this company uses local hinoki cypress wood. The blocks’ edges were smoothed by hand so that children can use them without worry of injury on sharp edges. These lightweight blocks have a unique soft texture. Kikori’s Tsumiki Land is a toy that conveys the manufacturer’s consideration for locally sourced trees and children.

Winner’s Voice

優しい手触りでいい香り。触っただけで気持ちいい。「赤ちゃんが触った感触」を想いながら、「お母さんの気持ち」で一つ一つ仕上げることにこだわったヒノキの積木です。手にした積木が日本の森の木から生まれたことや、伐採した場所には新たな苗が植えられ、森が再生していくというストーリーをおもてなしの心と共に伝えながら、「森に生かされ、森を活かす」ために、これからも一つずつ積木を積み重ねていきたいと思っています。

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Details

2018 2nd session Award for Products
Genre:Daily necessities
Price
S size (28 blocks) JPY5,000
M size (50 blocks) JPY7,000
L size (100 blocks) JPY12,000
*All tax excluded

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