Travelers’ Treasures / tone (Handheld tone mirror, tray, ice bucket)

The production of copper began at the start of the 17th century. Even today, approximately 95 percent of all Japanese copperware production takes place in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture. Having created a variety of copper goods over the years, Takaoka doki is known for the characteristic color variations and patinas, as many as 20 to 30, that it produces using a combination of techniques and chemicals.

Based on the trial and error of predecessors and its own research, it has developed a method for coloring copper boards using rollers in dimensions as small as 1 millimeter or less.

The tone series was made using this very technique. The series includes a conical shaped copper hand mirror with leather strap, a tray and an ice pail, each available in six varying shades. You’re sure to develop a special affinity to these copper items as you watch them mature beautifully over time and with use. These pieces are not only practical but attractive for their artistic flair as well.

Price: ¥8,640 for mirror, ¥4,104 for an S-size square tray and ¥21,600 for an LL-size bucket (price differs by size and type)

Manufacturer: Momentum Factory Orii Co. in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture (

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