Ultimate craftsmanship for unrivalled performance
Make absolutely no compromises in producing the best possible brushes.
Stay humble, and always remember that our entire lifetime is a learning experience.
Create a brush that simply nobody else can duplicate.
Contribute positively to the development of Japanese culture.
There is no room for compromise throughout our brush making process. We are always pursuing the ideal brush because we take great pride in ourselves as artisans. We put our hearts and souls into every brush we produce so as to satisfy every one of our customers.
The Third Master
The First designated traditional
craftsperson of Kawajiri fude
In my childhood when I came home from school, my father (Masumi Hata, the Second Master) always asked me to help him in his brush making, plus do all my farm chores. That’s how I learned the brush-making processes and techniques. I went onto senior high school after graduating from junior high school, whereupon I started, in earnest, to train myself in the brush making process.
I worked very hard. By the time I graduated from senior high school, I mastered all the brush-making techniques required in those days, and consequently became the youngest winner of a technical prize in brush making.
As a successful brush craftsman, I enjoyed my work. In time, however, I began to realize that I needed to develop my skills further.
I wanted to make even better brushes.
I wanted to refine my skills through the use of hairs that require higher techniques to handle and manipulate.
I wanted to surpass my father as a fude craftsman.