Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu
Making canvas bags by experienced craftspeople since 1905
Ichizawa Hanpu at home in Kyoto, the safe keeper of tradition.
February 24, 2017

I met Ichizawa Shinzaburo in the 1980’s. at Kenkichi Kuroda’s studio in Kiyomizu. It was a meeting place of many talented characters of the day and my introduction to Kyoto and the world of traditional Japanese craft. Ichizawa Hanpu products exemplify the heart (the “kokoro”) of that tradition. I have seen, through the years, the uncompromising quality, care, and attention to detail that goes into every Ichizawa Hanpu piece and makes each one something a treasure.

written by
Charles P.Roche
From New York I came to Kyoto in 1969. Despite detours and interruptions I am still here. In 1978 I met Kuroda Kenkichi with whom I studied woodworking and lacquering techniques. I opened a café in north Kyoto in 1985. Presently my time is occupied with managing our business.

Ichizawa's canvas products have been designed and created in Kyoto since 1905. Their products are made from the most superior quality canvas and each is carefully made by hand by their experienced craftspeople. Their canvas bags are sturdy and perfect for daily use and it is their only one shop in the world.
The history of their products goes back to about a hundred years when sturdy canvas bags were made for use by workmen and craftspeople to carry milk and sake bottles as well as carpenter’s tools. Later, their line of products was expanded to include school satchels and mountaineering rucksacks. Today, their products have further expanded to include not only the simple, easy-to-use standard types but also those that have been created with imaginative flair.
They have three lines of products with each having a different brand name label. "Shinzaburo Hanpu" is for plain, unprinted cotton bags with make up the majority of our sales. "Shinzaburo Kaban" is used for line products as well as some cotton canvas products with have been printed with their original patterns. "Ichizawa Hanpu" is the original dating back to a hundred years ago and is used for the products designed then for craftspeople.
Although canvas is durable, wear and tear cannot be avoided as it is made from natural fiber. At Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu, they make a real effort to repair as many bags as they can to bring back them to life.
Each product has simplicity of form, flexibility, user-friendliness and sturdiness and is sure to live up to your expectations.
Please drop by the shop for the item that is just right for you.

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu


●〒605-0017 602 Takabatake-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
●Holidays/Tuesdays (Open everyday during the high tourist seasons)
◆Access/5mins from Higashiyama station on the subway Tozai line

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