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Cup "Uro" from Satsuma薩摩
竹行李 山行李(さんこうり)
田中實男

  • size

    23cm×16cm × 高さ 11cm

  • weight

    約215g

  • material

    竹(国産)

¥13,000(exclouding tax)

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田中實男

1930年鹿児島県生まれ
鹿児島県薩摩川内市樋脇町市比野にて竹ひごを手作業で編む
編組物(へんそもの)の名工。
県知事賞、厚生労働大臣「卓越した技能者(現代の名工)」、
黄綬褒章受賞。

麓から町石道を登り高野山に行った。雨上がりでご利益のあるとされる三鈷の松を運よく拾った。
その時、軽量化を好む僕はZipLOCKとスタッフサックしか持ち合わせておらず、その繊細な形を
完璧に残したまま東京に持ち帰るのが困難だった。

その経験が僕に新たな道具の用途のヒントを与えた。パッキングする時に上からの力で潰れず、
内部を密閉し過ぎず新鮮な空気が循環する箱。それなら山で出会ったユニークな形の松ぼっくり
や山菜、キノコの運搬も通常のUL装備で難なくこなせるのではないか、と。

それから半年後、天皇陛下から黄綬褒章を授けられた鹿児島の名工に竹の行李を頼む機会を得た。
無駄を削ぎ落としミニマルに、無骨で男らしく作って欲しいと立沢さんが根気よく頼んでくれた。
この”山”行李はその名の通り野に出かけて炎天下や朝霧、氷点下の環境で一年中野外で使って
いくことで竹がどんどん深い色合いになり、道具を育てていく楽しみを感じられる逸品である。

35L-40Lの平均的なULザックの底面に絶妙に入る大きさで、手ぬぐいやマイコップ、歯ブラシ、
ピルケースなど一人分の旅の道具を入れるのにちょうど良いサイズで作った。
昔の人の伊勢参りのように、最低限のものをこれに詰めて風まかせに旅をしてもらいたいと思う。
海千山千會 千代田高史

物を使う動物は人だけではないが、矢鱈と物を持ち運ぶ動物は人以外には見当たらないと思う。
水や獲物、収穫物から武器、国書や経典、そしてあらゆる物を運ぶための道具を人は作り続けた。
やがてお金などを日常的に持ち歩くようになると、財布や合切袋、風呂敷や行李などが誕生した。
また伊勢に富士山にといった目的地によっても、運ぶための道具は多様化発展していった。
今日私たちは楽器やゴルフクラブなど決められた物を入れる為に作られた鞄か、そうではないが
量や様々な目的によって作られた千差万別の鞄に囲まれている。また鞄はそれ自体が持つ機能の
他に嗜好要素があり、社会的地位を顕す物としても知られている。

旅行や山へ行く時に私たちは荷物の分別をする。スーツケースやバックパックに直接ではなく、
それぞれ別の袋等に仕分けしてから入れるようだ。山行でのパッキングは慣れないと少し難しい
ところがある。物が取り出し難いのみならず、時にそれは安全に関わる事すらある。
近年スタッフサックという超軽量な袋が、バックパックの荷物を整理してくれる。それは詰めた
物を圧縮し、防水機能を持ったものもある。サイズも豊富でパッキングには必需品となったが、
デジタル機器など硬い物を収納するのはあまり得意ではない。
デジタル機器は充電器、バッテリー、ACアダプター、ケーブル、記録メディアなどの周辺機器が
実に多い。またそれらと流用がきかないスマートフォンの予備バッテリー、ACアダプター、、、。
増え続けるこれら硬い物はスタッフサックが苦手とし、プラスティック容器がそれに替わる。
竹の行李はプラ容器の替わりにならないだろうか。これが竹の名工に『山行李』を編んでもらう
きっかけだった。行李にもプラ容器にもそれぞれ利点と欠点はある。また通気と密閉という点で
これらは相反する容器だ。プラ容器は内容積を変えられないが、行李は蓋の被せ量によって二倍
近くまで増やす事が出来る。けれど一番の違いは見た目ではないだろうか。

固形の水彩絵具と絵筆を何本か。アルシュとかファブリアーノ、ウォーター・フォードあたりの
水彩紙を使った小さなスケッチブック。または携帯用の和硯と南都油煙墨。面相筆に手漉き和紙
の和綴の帳面。少し贅沢な道具を持って綺麗な渓流の光景を描いたり、草花の写生を熊の気配を
気にしながらしたいと思う。そして絵の道具を運ぶのはプラではなく『山行李』にしたいものだ。
海千山千會 立沢木守

Jitsuo Tanaka

Born in Kagoshima Prefecture in 1930. A master weaver who weaves thin strips of bamboo by hand in Hiwakicho Ichihino, Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture.Recipient of the Prefectural Governor Award, Award for Outstandingly Skilled Workers (Contemporary Master Craftsman) from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Medal with Yellow Ribbon.

I once climbed Mount Koya on the Choishi Michi trail from the foot of the mountain. It had just stopped raining and I was lucky enough to find sanko no matsu (a bundle of three needles), which is said to bring good fortune. However, I only had my ZipLOCK and a stuff sack with me at the time because I prefer to travel light, so it was difficult to bring such a delicate item back to Tokyo intact.

That experience gave me an idea for a new outdoor gear?a storage box that will not collapse even if it is pressed from the top when packing and that allows fresh air to circulate without sealing the inner layer. I figure that with such a box, I can pack unique objects that I find in the mountains such as pine cones, mountain vegetables and mushrooms with my usual UL gear.

Six months later, I got the opportunity to commission a master craftsman from Kagoshima who received the Medal with Yellow Ribbon from the Emperor to create a wicker storage box. Tachizawa was determined to have a minimalist, no-frills box that is simple and masculine. This “mountain box” is a rare object because it is meant to be used outdoors throughout the year under various conditions such as high heat and freezing cold temperature, as well as in the morning mist. Exposure to such conditions will, in turn, deepen the color of the bamboo, so customers can see it evolve.

It is small so it can be placed perfectly at the bottom of a regular 35L to 45L UL backpack, but it also has enough capacity to store all the items required for a solo trip, such as a towel, cup, toothbrush, and pill case. I hope our customers can use the box to pack the bare essentials, just like the people in the past used to do before they embark on an Ise pilgrimage, and go where the wind takes them on their journey.
By Takashi Chiyoda

Humans are not the only creatures who use tools, but we are definitely the only ones who carry so many different types. For centuries, humans have been creating tools to carry various things such as water, game, harvest, weapons, books and scriptures.

People started creating wallets, pouches, furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth), trunks and so on when we began carrying money regularly. The tools we use to carry things also became more diverse as people ventured to different destinations such as Ise shrine and Mount Fuji.

Now, we are surrounded by bags that are designed to carry specific items such as musical instruments or golf clubs, as well as a wide range of bags with different capacities and purposes. In addition to its original function of carrying things, the bag we choose nowadays also shows our preference and has become a symbol of our social status.

When we pack for a holiday or a trip to the mountains, we separate our things. We do not put them directly into our suitcase or backpack, but in smaller separate bags first. Packing for a trip to the mountains can be difficult if you are not used to it. It is not simply a matter of retrieving the things you need out of the bag easily, but it can affect your safety too.

In recent years, people have been using stuff sacks, which are ultra-lightweight bags, to compartmentalize their backpacks. These waterproof sacks compress the items contained within and come in a variety of sizes. They have become a basic staple, but they are not suitable for storing hard objects such as digital equipment. This includes chargers, batteries, AC adaptors, cables, and recording media, not to mention spare batteries and AC adaptors for smartphones and so on.

We believe that such items will only continue to increase going forward, but since it is difficult to store them in stuff sacks, people have been using plastic containers. That was when we came up with the idea of using wicker storage boxes as a replacement and we approached a bamboo craftsman to weave Sankouri for us. There are pros and cons to using a box versus a plastic container; they are also the complete opposite of each other in terms of providing ventilation and being airtight. Plastic containers have a fixed capacity, but with our wicker storage boxes, the capacity can practically be doubled depending on how you put the cover. However, I think the biggest difference is the way they look.

Sometimes I want to carry luxurious items such as watercolour paint, a few paintbrushes, and a small sketchbook with Arches, Fabriano, or Waterford watercolour papers; a portable ink stone and ink stick; or a fine point brush and a book made of handmade Japanese paper bound in Japanese style with me when I head to the mountains, so I can paint the gorgeous view of a mountain stream or a portrait of wild flowers?all while keeping an eye out for bears. For that I would like to use Sankouri to carry my painting supplies rather than a plastic container.
By Kimamori Tachizawa