OKECRAFT is a local brand from Oketo, which is a small town nestled between mountains at the east side of Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido.
The name “OKECRAFT” is a portmanteau word of Oketo, bentwood Japanese bucket (in Japanese Mage-oke) and craft.
The story began in 1983 (Shōwa 58) when Oketo had an encounter with industrial designer Yoshio Akioka (1920-1997). Ever since OKECRAFT was born, Oketo endeavored to produce and popularize OKECRAFT through various methods such as developing artisan training program, selling OKECRAFT products, providing materials to artisans, etc. So far, there are 24 ateliers where local artisans work independently using woodturning techniques to produce food utensils that can be used on a daily basis.
In order to provide waterproof, heat resistant food utensils that can be used safely, all OKECRAFT products are impregnated with resin and then are coated with a layer of polyurethane. Both are approved as methods to strengthen materials by Food Sanitation Act of Japan.
About the shop
In Oketo, the only place selling OKECRAFT products is our shop in OKECRAFT Center. We provide handmade wooden food utensils such as bowls, serving bowls, plates, spoons, forks, spatulas, etc. A label includes the name of artisan and atelier will be shown near the products.
Feel free to pick up the product you find appealing and hold it in your hands. Feel the texture, the weight of it, and explore it from every angle.
You can also choose tree barks and grains in stock that suit your preferences.
Oketo Forest Culture Promotion Association
439-4 Oketo, Oketo-cho, Tokoro-gun, Hokkaido 099-1100
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm
Closures: every Wednesday, except for National holidays on Wednesday, in which case the center and the shop are open.
Opening hours during New Year holidays:
December 30 ~ January 2 Closed
January 3 Open from 9 am to 12 noon