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Mr. Kirimoto’s Business Card Case

By Wakajima Kirimoto 

The Japanese business card swap is a well-timed choreography of hands, pockets, cases, and nods – all with the goal of getting your name known. Mr. Kirimoto’s Business Card Case (¥13,500Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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), an eye-catching conversation piece, gives the age-old swap a helping hand. In fact, this case is so memorable it’s named after the first person seen using it.

What makes this card case so special is that it’s made from the lacquer of the Urushi tree (like these USB drives). Gathering the poisonous tree sap takes years of experience and it requires a skilled craftsmen to apply it. The veneer and handmade feeling of the finished product are distinct from wood, glass and plastic, and yet it’s equally (if not more) durable and scratch-proof. It is a beautiful natural object.

For more details of Mr. Kirimoto’s story and the craftsmen who made his eponymous lacquer card case, click here.

Design: Black (traditional smooth finish): 36,750 yen
Black (stripe): 21,000 yen
Black (textured finish): 13,650 yen
Size: W99 x D62 x H11mm
Material: Wood (a variety of cypress), cloth, lacquer


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Shaun is White Rabbit's resident expert on Japanese design, technology and conbini snacks.

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