About Kumagawa Artisans
Home of Kumagawa Artisans is Hitoyoshi Kuma Region in the southern part of Kyushu island. It a basin and a river called Kumagawa runs through. The river made the land fertile and the mountains made the temperature goes up and down. Historically the area was graced with the rich crops all year round but it’s hardly ever been majorly known to the big market.
In our corporate name, we used Kumagawa, the river is known as one of the fast running waters in the nation. Along Kumagawa River, there are many artisanal products consumed only in the region. We started this project to introduce these hidden reasures working with the local artisans.
Kumagawa has a riverhead in Mizukami Village in the east of the basin. With many tributaries, it becomes a large river and flows into the Yasushiro Sea in the north.
Our logo is a traditional Japanese boat made of wood, that has been a means of ransportation for centuries. The Samurai Lord traveled up and down the river to and from Edo (Tokyo) in this boat. Ryotaro Shiba described in his novel, the last Samurai, Takamori Saigo rode a boat on Kumagawa River during the civil war in Japan.
Kumagawa Boat Cruise is still a great tourist attraction of the region. The captain maneuvers a boat through the raging water and large rocks only with a wood rudder. The passengers enjoy the thrills and seasonal beauty along the river. We chose this simple but emboldened wood boat as our symbol with our wish to deliver the great local products to the world.
We chose this simple but emboldened wood boat as our symbol with our wish to deliver the great local products to the world.