NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI represents the fine tradition of Kyoto woodcrafting where timehonoured skills are passed on from father to son. The company prides itself of its wooden buckets (ki-oke), which are handcrafted using a technique developed 700 years ago during the Muromachi era. During the Edo period, households used wooden buckets for bathing rituals and for storing rice and miso. Today, these buckets are still as relevant as ever and are used for various purposes, such as champagne coolers, bathtubs and as beautiful objects for everyday life.
NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI has two studios in Japan, one in Kyoto and one in Shiga. The Kyoto studio is run by Kiyotsugu NAKAGAWA, who in 2001 received a national accolade for his commitment to Japanese design heritage. The Shiga studio is run by his son, Shuji NAKAGAWA, who is a contemporary artist.