Interview: 47Ronin (Watch Straps) Founder/ Designer by Akadot TV


I didn’t started out as a craftsman.

I started off my career as a business consultant bringing Japanese products to Singapore, South East Asia.

Then I came across this idea of making something very small that you can showcase it anywhere you go, which is a watch strap.

I always think of new ideas, new elements of Japan to incorporate to the watch straps design.

There are many different designs for Tatamiberi, which is the fabric that wraps around the edges of Tatami to keep the straws together.

Here is a design with the chrysanthemum, which is the very common design in Japanese print.

This is the gold and here is white one

Same for Kinomo fabrics, it's a mixture of a various colors like blue, gold, red, pink, and black

It’s the fusion of colors that gives a very amazing design to it.

Matching with the golden coated leather here, it looks really striking.

This is called the second button, Dainibotann.

This comes from a war movie from the 1960s, which tell the story of a Kamikaze pilot.

When he was going to have his last flight and saying goodbye to his girlfriend, he wanted to give her something closed to the heart, so he took out the second button from his uniform.

One particular material that I have sourced recently is called “Menuki”.

Menuki are pieces of metal that are used in the handle of Katanas.

These watches are in collaboration with a Japanese handcrafted watchmaker called Watanabe Kobo.

The watch case itself, the watch mechanism, including all these letters are all handcrafted.

The level of handcrafting and quality is so high that you can only find only one piece of these watches in the world.

I have about 5 years of working and living experience in Kyoto, it is a ancient capital of Japan, full of Heritage sites.

Then I realized for Japanese craftsmen, making profit is not their priority.

A craftsman could be doing his crafts for the past few decades, that he still continues to perfect it.

Making the best products for his customers has always been his Ikigai.

This is something I am very impressed with.

It has impacted me in such a way that I also would like to create something that is perfect.

it also creates a relationship between myself and the customers, who will have a piece of my design, my product, that will serve them in their daily lives.

Japanese calls it “Goen”, which means being fated to have this kind of relationship.










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