About 10 years ago, Taka became formally involved in Kaikado, continuing the long tradition of handmade tea caddies and creating new designs that retain their identity while appealing to a global market. Chazutsus are great to store all kinds of food, and some of the more recent products vary in length and diameter to accommodate specific food like pasta, or even create accessories to store and prepare coffee. Taka has also collaborated with other traditional crafts and companies of Kyoto, creating bags and other accessories for Kaikado’s tea caddies that also help in positioning Kyoto as a city of craftsmen.
As many traditional crafts in Japan, Chazutsu are high quality green products that have been kept relevant in Japanese consumers for over a century. Today, Kaikado has gained recognition from international design press like Wallpaper, and their products are presented in important design events like Salone del Mobile in Milan and Maison & Objet in Paris. Their designs are entering new markets and marking a new era for the company and Japanese tea caddies.