A komodaru is a wooden barrel designed to transport sake during the Edo period. The taru(wooden barrel part) is wrapped with a straw mat or komo, and then tied with rope. The komo is often used as a “label” of sorts to distinguish between various brands of sake. While komodaru still store sake, most are used as a decorative piece in Japanese restaurants and bars to showcase the brands they offer at their establishment.
Komodaru are also used for celebrations in Japan, such as for weddings. Kagamibiraki, is a tradition when the lid of the barrel (called kagami) is opened with the tap of a mallet. After the komodaru is opened, a toast is made to wish happiness and success for the newlyweds.
Today Kishimoto Kichiji Shouten continues to manufacture komodaru just as in ancient Japan; each barrel is hand-made to perfection. These komodaru customs and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation for over 400 years.
There are only a few companies manufacturing ‘komodaru’ in the world currently. Kishimoto Kichiji Syouten has been making not only ‘komodaru’ but also smaller and various version of ‘komodaru’ (mini kagamibiraki set and other gift items) since we started almost 150 years ago.
This can be used as a unique Japanese-style furniture not only as a seat for customers in stores but also in reception or business negotiation spaces.
If you remove the top board of the table, the inside of komodaru can be used as a storage space.
Also, there are three sizes of storage boxes, which can also be used as stools.
The Japanese word, “taisetsu” means “precious”, “irreplaceable” and “love dearly”. “Komodaru” have been used for transporting ‘sake’ from the ancient times in Japan.
And still ‘sake’ to devote to God is transported in ‘komodaru’ now. “Komodaru”-furnitures are designed based on three important themes as we consider they are very ‘taisetsu’ irreplaceable.
There are various symbol marks,called "kamon" assigned to each family in Japan. Although these are used less often in these days,it still holds each family's symbol and shows its pride.
|Barrel：ceder / Komo：polyethylene / Rope：polypropylene /
Foot/metal fitting：ABS resin,steel,rubber / Protector：styrofoam ／
Hoop：bamboo / Braid：silk
This product is handmade, so a certain degree of individual difference might be caused
It is totally made-to-order, so we usually take more than 3 months to produce it.
Also, we are producing the komodaru furniture for indoor use.
So the outdoor use of the product might cause unexpected damage or anything.