The Very Good Candle Company

Gestalten | Handmade in Japan


I am confident that the skills of Japan are a gift for humankind: a gift for the future rather than just a way to create beautiful products, as in the good old days.” – Kengo Kuma in the preface to Handmade in Japan 

Handmade in Japan takes the reader on a journey through the island nation, offering insight into its varied and fascinating culture and traditions, while also revealing the histories of its diverse regions, from the fiery southern island of Kyushu, to the imperial capital of Kyoto, to the snowy wilderness of Hokkaido. 

The book provides a rare glimpse into some of Japan’s most remarkable workshops, unveiling the techniques and stories behind thousand-year-old pottery kilns, katana swordsmiths, and the art of crafting delicate tea whisks out of bamboo. With exquisite photography of the craftspeople and their impressive wares by Irwin Wong, and a series of short essays looking at the significance of their materials written by East Asian crafts expert Antje Papist-Matsuo, and a foreword by star architect Kengo Kuma, Handmade in Japan celebrates the craftspeople continuing their endless pursuit of perfection in the twenty-first century.

Editors: gestalten & Irwin Wong  
Photography: Irwin Wong 
With an introduction by Kengo Kuma
Region texts by Antje Papist-Matsuo
Features: full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages, over 360 photographs
Format: 22,5 x 29 cm

Our deliveries within The NL are sent via MyParcel and Peddler Bike Couriers. International deliveries are sent with UPS and FedEX, depending on the location and size of the package. Orders placed until 2PM will be shipped the same day.

Pick Up
You can pick up your order from our studio. Usually orders will bw ready within 24 Hours.

NL Shipping Rates

MyParcel ( 1-2 working days**)- €7,20 the rest of The Netherlands
Free shipping on all orders above €65
*For orders placed before 2PM
** Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

UK Shipping Rates
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €15
Free shipping on all orders above €100
* Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

EU Shipping Rates
Zone1: Germany,Belgium,France,Luxemburg
MyParcel Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €9
Zone2: Austria,Denmark,Ireland,Italy,Sweden,Portugal
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €14
Zone3: Rest of the EU
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €22
* Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

International Shipping Rates
UPS Standard Delivery (3-6 days*)
USA, Canada: €35 up to 3KG / €50 3KG+
Norway, Iceland, Switzerland: €25
Japan, UAE, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand: €50 up to 3KG / €70 3KG+
*Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

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