Ryuji Mitani

Ryuji Mitani

Wood for everyday life

Known as a visionary for his introduction of the color white in urushi lacquered woodwares, the Matsumoto-based artisan, Ryuji Mitani has paved the way for a new outlook on traditional woodcrafts. Revered the world over, and with an ardent, long-standing following in Japan, he has redefined the very syntax of his field with his leadership and writings in regards to a post-Mingei lifestyle crafts movement called Seikatsu Kogei. As a result he has inspired an entire generation of artisans in his pursuits of blurring established boundaries in his field.

Low Hakuboku Serving Bowl
Low Hakuboku Serving Bowl

Low Hakuboku Serving Bowl

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Low Hakuboku Bowl. Black as night on my shell, inside, brushstrokes of off-white dwell. A painter's touch for your salads’ delight, everyday elegance in every bite.  

$775
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Large Chestnut Round Tray - Nano Glass Finish (OUT OF STOCK)
Large Chestnut Round Tray - Nano Glass Finish (OUT OF STOCK)

Large Chestnut Round Tray - Nano Glass Finish (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Nano Glass Finish Large Chestnut Round Tray. Boasting a nano coat, science claims my essence, but chestnut is my soul. My carved facets reveal warm grain, blending beauty and simplicity. Like a familiar friend, I grace your table, ready for daily feasts with humble presence.  

$1,200
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Usuzumi Katakuchi Pitcher
Usuzumi Katakuchi Pitcher

Usuzumi Katakuchi Pitcher

Ryuji Mitani

I am an Usuzumi Katakuchi Pitcher. I'm a winged whisperer of traditions, where the black night embraces the dawn, and each pour of sake takes flight with grace.  

$550
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Noir Chopsticks Holder
Noir Chopsticks Holder

Noir Chopsticks Holder

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Chopsticks Holder. When chopsticks need a sanctuary to rest until their moment of glory arrives, I'm the utilitarian hero, ready to come alive.  

$520
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Noir Round Curved Rim Platter
Noir Round Curved Rim Platter

Noir Round Curved Rim Platter

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Round Curved Rim Platter. Find me where shadows dance and delicacies find their stage—a wooden canvas of elegance, waiting to embrace culinary artistry.  

$1,850
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White Urushi Rim Plate - Large
White Urushi Rim Plate - Large

White Urushi Rim Plate - Large

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Large White Urushi Rim Plate. Born from the hands of a skilled artisan, I embody the beauty of handmade craftsmanship. My wide rim delicately frames your culinary creations, to highlight the artistry infused into every inch.  

$700
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White Urushi Rim Plate - Small
White Urushi Rim Plate - Small

White Urushi Rim Plate - Small

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Small White Urushi Rim Plate. I gently cradle every dish in a wooden center wrapped with a lovingly crafted rim. Here is where flavors converge and flourish with each bite.  

$590
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Large Noir Enju Wood Tray (OUT OF STOCK)
Large Noir Enju Wood Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Large Noir Enju Wood Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Large Noir Enju Wood Tray. A masterpiece of contrasts and contradictions describes me well. I'm where the velvety blackness of night meets the warm embrace of Pagoda wood. Every line, every groove, beckoning you to the depths of serenity.  

$1,350
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Noir Chestnut Wood Vat (OUT OF STOCK)
Noir Chestnut Wood Vat (OUT OF STOCK)

Noir Chestnut Wood Vat (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Chestnut Wood Vat. My shape is inspired by a large vat found in dark rooms for photography. I guess you can say that makes me picture perfect.  

$1,450
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Jewelry Box
Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Jewelry Box. X marks the spot for treasure, but here a circle marks it instead.  

$330
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Usuzumi Thin Lid Box (OUT OF STOCK)
Usuzumi Thin Lid Box (OUT OF STOCK)

Usuzumi Thin Lid Box (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am an Usuzumi Thin Lid Box. Drawn in by the warmth of the wood grain, open me to find a dark surprise. What starry treasures will you find to put within me...  

$550
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Usuzumi Black Walnut Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Usuzumi Black Walnut Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Usuzumi Black Walnut Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Black Walnut Bowl. My wood is a rare choice for Mitani-san, making me a rare find. Anything put within me will surely shine.  

$875
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Usuzumi Round Tray - Oak
Usuzumi Round Tray - Oak

Usuzumi Round Tray - Oak

Ryuji Mitani

I am an Usuzumi Round Oak Tray. It doesn't take an all-seeing eye to know how much work went into my creation. It'll take just one meal for you to observe my glory.  

$920
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White Urushi Noodle or Soup Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
White Urushi Noodle or Soup Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

White Urushi Noodle or Soup Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a White Urushi Noodle or Soup Bowl. A bit of flare can add many facets to your standard soup to make a hearty bowl extra heartwarming.  

$1,100
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Hexagonal White Urushi Sake Cup (OUT OF STOCK)
Hexagonal White Urushi Sake Cup (OUT OF STOCK)

Hexagonal White Urushi Sake Cup (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Hexagonal White Urushi Sake Cup. Pick me up to learn about all six sides of my personality. It'll take a few sips for everything to sake in.  

$485
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Large White Urushi Walnut Carved Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Large White Urushi Walnut Carved Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Large White Urushi Walnut Carved Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Large White Urushi Walnut Carved Bowl. The depth of my soul may be a vast empty space, but what makes me complete is what you decide to do with me.  

$2,850
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Japanese Walnut Long Tray - Nano Glass Finish
Japanese Walnut Long Tray - Nano Glass Finish

Japanese Walnut Long Tray - Nano Glass Finish

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Long Walnut Nano Glass Coated Tray. The branch of science may sound like my forte, but the branch of walnut is more my core.  

$755
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White Urushi Confectionary Platter
White Urushi Confectionary Platter

White Urushi Confectionary Platter

Ryuji Mitani

I am a White Urushi Confectionary Platter. Which sweets will take the spotlight on my surface after the grand applause? It's your choice of what is on center stage.  

$625
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Small Shallow Usuzumi Oval Bowl
Small Shallow Usuzumi Oval Bowl

Small Shallow Usuzumi Oval Bowl

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Small Shallow Usuzumi Oval Bowl. What food am I going to sail away with? Come on a voyage to find out.  

$390
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White Urushi Baby Bowl Set
White Urushi Baby Bowl Set

White Urushi Baby Bowl Set

Ryuji Mitani

I am a White Urushi Baby Bowl Set. A baby's first bite is a big deal. So am I.  

$925
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Usuzumi Square Plate - Chestnut Wood
Usuzumi Square Plate - Chestnut Wood

Usuzumi Square Plate - Chestnut Wood

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Usuzumi Chestnut Plate. Which is more hypnotizing: me or the food that I hold?  

$895
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Crafts, and Then
Crafts, and Then

Crafts, and Then

Ryuji Mitani

I am the book Crafts, and Then. Come explore with me across materials and methods to understand Ryuji Mitani's life philosophies. Just as a plate fills you with food, my pages will fill your soul.  

$28
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Walnut Coffee Spoon
Walnut Coffee Spoon

Walnut Coffee Spoon

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Walnut Coffee Spoon. A fine, dark grain is my jam, but dunk me in java and I'll show you how to jive.  

$42
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Urushi Funnel - Small (OUT OF STOCK)
Urushi Funnel - Small (OUT OF STOCK)

Urushi Funnel - Small (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Small Urushi Funnel. It might look confining but be like water and you will find a way through it.  

$310
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Urushi Funnel - Large (OUT OF STOCK)
Urushi Funnel - Large (OUT OF STOCK)

Urushi Funnel - Large (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Large Urushi Funnel. Fluidity is key to finding a good flow at the end of the tunnel.  

$385
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Ice Cream Cup - Natural
Ice Cream Cup - Natural

Ice Cream Cup - Natural

Ryuji Mitani for Nalata Nalata

I am a Natural Wood Ice Cream Cup. These tree rings tell time and they're saying it's ice cream time.  

$320
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Ice Cream Cup - Noir Urushi
Ice Cream Cup - Noir Urushi

Ice Cream Cup - Noir Urushi

Ryuji Mitani for Nalata Nalata

I am a Noir Urushi Ice Cream Cup. Some might say I'm rather mysterious - dark as the night and cool like ice, but took a closer look, I've got the warmth of wood at my core.  

$375
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Ice Cream Cup - White Urushi
Ice Cream Cup - White Urushi

Ice Cream Cup - White Urushi

Ryuji Mitani for Nalata Nalata

  I am a White Urushi Ice Cream Cup. Two scoops, hot fudge and two cherries on top will cheer you right up!  

$425
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Ice Cream Spoon
Ice Cream Spoon

Ice Cream Spoon

Ryuji Mitani

I am an Ice Cream Spoon. When it comes to ice cream I just can’t stop. You’d better keep an eye on me or I’ll scoop the cherry on top!

$40
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Butter Box (OUT OF STOCK)
Butter Box (OUT OF STOCK)

Butter Box (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Butter Box. Butter be safe than sorry about how you serve and spread.  

$240
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Usuzumi Small Square Plate
Usuzumi Small Square Plate

Usuzumi Small Square Plate

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Usuzumi Square Plate. What looks like hazy smoke is layers of brush strokes.  

$420
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White Urushi Shinogi Pitcher
White Urushi Shinogi Pitcher

White Urushi Shinogi Pitcher

Ryuji Mitani

I am a White Urushi Shinogi Pitcher. Marked with ridges of narrow carved bands, I'll help you get a grip when you pour from out my lip.  

$620
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Boat Chasoku (OUT OF STOCK)
Boat Chasoku (OUT OF STOCK)

Boat Chasoku (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Boat Chasoku. My bow will dip as I traverse the leafy seas, to meet you on the other shore for tea.  

$480
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Plum Blossom Dish
Plum Blossom Dish

Plum Blossom Dish

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Plum Blossom Dish. Blossoming for eternity for your eternal happiness.  

$395
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Wooden Baby Spoon
Wooden Baby Spoon

Wooden Baby Spoon

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wooden Baby Spoon. When it comes to mealtime distractions, I'm not one of them. Just a small spoon cup and handle perfectly carved for tiny mouths.  

$40
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Soldier Brooch
Soldier Brooch

Soldier Brooch

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Soldier Brooch. I'm always standing at attention so that you can wear me at ease.  

$125
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1981-2021: The Forty Years of Woodcraft Studio
1981-2021: The Forty Years of Woodcraft Studio

1981-2021: The Forty Years of Woodcraft Studio "Mitani"

Ryuji Mitani

I am the book 1981-2021: The Forty Years of Woodcraft Studio "Mitani". After chiseling and carving for so many years, Ryuji Mitani shows us the path he's shaped, of which I'm happy to share.  

$60
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Untitled (2019) (OUT OF STOCK)
Untitled (2019) (OUT OF STOCK)

Untitled (2019) (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am an Untitled (2019). With a name like mine, you know there'll be no illusion.  

$1,200
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Dog Sculpture
Dog Sculpture

Dog Sculpture

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Dog Sculpture. Keep still in the hot, hard dog-days and they too will pass.  

$1,220
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Bird Sculpture (OUT OF STOCK)
Bird Sculpture (OUT OF STOCK)

Bird Sculpture (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Bird Sculpture. I would be as happy as a lark to make a perch in your home.  

$1,220
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Noir Rimmed Plate (OUT OF STOCK)
Noir Rimmed Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Noir Rimmed Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Rimmed Plate. Looks can be deceiving - when you look at these walls, I’m not as shallow as you think.  

$625
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Hakuboku Serving Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Hakuboku Serving Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Hakuboku Serving Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

  I am a Hakuboku Serving Bowl. Hot or cold, silent or bold - I look forward to what I can hold.  

$1,100
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Jindainire Long Vat (OUT OF STOCK)
Jindainire Long Vat (OUT OF STOCK)

Jindainire Long Vat (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Jindainire Long Vat. My depth is as deep as my origins.  

$520
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Wood and Enamel Salt Cellar (OUT OF STOCK)
Wood and Enamel Salt Cellar (OUT OF STOCK)

Wood and Enamel Salt Cellar (OUT OF STOCK)

Masaki Kanamori for Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wood and Enamel Salt Cellar. When great minds and great materials meld, the result is something as beautiful as me!  

$460
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Noir Large Shallow Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Noir Large Shallow Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Noir Large Shallow Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Large Shallow Bowl. Solid and dependable I will keep your items safe from being lost in a black hole.  

$1,375
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Wooden Dinner Spoon
Wooden Dinner Spoon

Wooden Dinner Spoon

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wooden Dinner Spoon. Can't think of anything better than diving head first into a bowl of soup!  

$65
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Hors d’Oeuvre Wooden Fork
Hors d’Oeuvre Wooden Fork

Hors d’Oeuvre Wooden Fork

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Hors d'Oeuvre Wooden Fork. Hey little canapé, time to get tined!

$38
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Wooden Salad Servers (OUT OF STOCK)
Wooden Salad Servers (OUT OF STOCK)

Wooden Salad Servers (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a set of Wooden Salad Servers. I’m not just for salad, I’m pretty multipurpose. As long as I can help, than I’ll be of service.  

$175
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Salt Spoon
Salt Spoon

Salt Spoon

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Salt Spoon. I was made for salt, chili, spice and all things nice.  

$28
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Salt Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Salt Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Salt Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Salt Bowl. Don't underestimate the small wooden ones. They can pack a big flavor punch.  

$65
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Usuzumi Rimmed Serving Tray (OUT OF STOCK)
Usuzumi Rimmed Serving Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Usuzumi Rimmed Serving Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Usuzumi Rimmed Serving Tray. Sharing means caring so pass the tray.  

$1,350
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Wooden Pasta Fork
Wooden Pasta Fork

Wooden Pasta Fork

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wooden Pasta Fork. I love being wrapped up in a warm noodle sweater.

$65
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Flat Tea Scoop
Flat Tea Scoop

Flat Tea Scoop

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Flat Tea Scoop. Swoopin and scoopin into all types of tea.  

$42
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Incense Case
Incense Case

Incense Case

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Incense Case. If you carry me, I'll bring good scents to all our adventures.  

$85
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Wooden Cheese Knife (OUT OF STOCK)
Wooden Cheese Knife (OUT OF STOCK)

Wooden Cheese Knife (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wooden Cheese Knife. I may be smooth to the touch, but look a little closer and you’ll see that I’m not so clean cut.  

$55
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Wooden Honey Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)
Wooden Honey Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)

Wooden Honey Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Wooden Honey Spoon. But not just anyone can call me honey!   

$48
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Children's Chair - Spindle Back
Children's Chair - Spindle Back

Children's Chair - Spindle Back

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Spindle Back Children’s Chair. Children like chairs, are easier to build strong than they are to repair when they are older.  

$850
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Children's Chair - Ladderback
Children's Chair - Ladderback

Children's Chair - Ladderback

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Ladderback Children’s Chair. Let me love you a little more before you’re not little anymore.  

$850
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Hakuboku Coffee Cup (OUT OF STOCK)
Hakuboku Coffee Cup (OUT OF STOCK)

Hakuboku Coffee Cup (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Hakuboku Coffee Cup. Wood you like a cup of coffee?  

$450
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Jū Cross Plate (OUT OF STOCK)
Jū Cross Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Jū Cross Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Jū Cross Plate. I'm the Japanese character for '10' so naturally that makes me a 10 outta 10 on the plate scale.  

$420
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Noir Centerpiece Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Noir Centerpiece Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Noir Centerpiece Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryuji Mitani

I am a Noir Centerpiece Bowl. With the depth that I have, I can hold the world for you.  

$3,475
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