Kaba-zaiku (craftwork from the bark of the Cherry tree) is a craft unique to Akita prefecture. The skills have been passed down since the end of the 18th century and TOMIOKA SHOTEN is the keeper of this craft. In 1976, Japan designated Kaba-zaiku as a national traditional craft. Located in Kakunodate Town, TOMIOKA SHOTEN is rested in a land surrounded by mountains. For generations, craftsmen have carefully protected and cultivated these mountains while harvesting the wild cherry bark - which is used as the base material of Kaba-zaiku. Using a skill called “Koshin” (coppicing), Tomioka Shoten continues to preserve and receive the gifts of nature, in hope to pass the craft and the mountains down to the future generations. Essence Tea Caddy, is an ode to the finest mark of Kaba-zaiku.