PRODUCT EVOLUTION

For over 100 years since our founding, we have continued to make bags that have a purpose, rather than following trends.
Even now, bags are carefully made by the hands of our craftspeople. Some of them have never changed, others have been developed relative to the times or customer’s requests.
We would like to feature a few of our standard bags.
  • CRAFTSMEN'S TOOL BAG
  • MILKMEN'S DELIVERY BAG
  • BAG FOR ICE BLOCKS
  • BAG FOR SAKE BOTTLES
  • CRAFTSMEN'S TOOL BAG
    PROTOTYPE
    The “tool” bags were originally made for craftspeople about a hundred years ago. At the time, they had shorter straps to better hang them off the bicycle handlebars; the then main mode of transportation. Pharmacies and plasterers ordered them for use by their employees or customers and had telephone numbers or addresses printed on them as advertisements.
    Expand various sizes
    We heard the customer's request and now we have bags of various sizes.
    • 17
      No.17 is a bag of simple shape with a front pocket. There are 5 sizes in production from C size, where A4 paper enters horizontally, to G size, in which items such as large drafting boards can fit.
      An eyelet and cotton fastened from E to G to close the mouth of the bag.
    • H-05
      The design is the same as No. 17 but with thinner canvas and different details such as metal parts and sewing on the opening. There are three sizes, from 01 to 03.
    Expand the pattern
    Now, there are 10 types of patterns such as " Kigi (seasonal colors of trees)" and " Midori Mizutama(green polka dots)". Not only as a tool bag for craftsmen, it is widely used as a day bag with everyday attire.
    • N-05 [Large]
      No.17C, H-05 (03) is the same size, but sewing the pocket inside instead of outside, the design makes use of the textile.
    • N-06(03)
      The design uses the same pattern as the N-05 [Large], and uses a thick canvas. It comes in 3 sizes.
    MILKMEN'S DELIVERY BAG
    PROTOTYPE
    Milkmen’s Delivery Bags were made to carry milk bottles as they went around town delivering them on their bicycles. The bags bottom was rounded to accommodate the bottles, and the sections that would became frayed by friction against bicycle parts are reinforced with extra material. If a milk bottle were to break within the bag, there was a hole made into the bottom of the bag to prevent liquid from accumulating inside.

    Long ago, many milk stores in Kyoto used this bag very well however, as of 35 years ago, people have found other uses for this bag in their everyday lives.
    These reinforcements have been replaced with pockets
    268
    Birthed from the bag originally used for milk delivery in response to the customer's request, derived types were produced.

    The reinforced part of the original milk delivery bag (for 20 bottles) is fitted with a pocket for ease of use. It seems that it is being used in various ways, such as organizing books or accessories in the room, and toiletries when going to a public bath.
    The shape remails as easy to use
    68
    The handles are made from canvas instead of rope and sewn with two outside pockets.
    There is also a zippered inside pocket, which improves usability.
    Improved round bottom to an oblong shape
    168
    To make it easier to hold along the body, it has an oval bottom and a zippered inner pocket for valuables. The mouth is tied with a string.
    Expand the pattern
    N-07
    It is the same type as No. 68, except made with a patterned canvas. There are three patterns of seven colors: " Sekai (world)", " Midori Mizutama(green polka dots)", and " astroboy [monogram]".
    To bicolor
    H-04
    It is H-04 that gave No.168 a special air through the development of using two colors. In addition, N-04 is one that uses patterned canvas.
    BAG FOR ICE BLOCKS
    PROTOTYPE
    People would use iceboxes to keep their food cool before the refrigerator appeared in the early Showa period. This bag was used by the icemaker who cut ice at the store and delivered it to homes by manpowered trailer and so on.
    Even at that time, it was this "ice bag" that was used for carrying ice blocks.
    A large and small size, plus a drawstring
    93
    The large size can hold 8 ice blocks (about 32 kg) and the small size can hold 4 ice blocks (about 16 kg). The bag can close at the opening with a cotton string.
    Some people use it to carry outdoor equipment, etc., or put it in a room and use it as a children's toy case.

    In the old days, ice shops would often use the large ice bag, but now it is almost entirely the smaller size still being used.
    Improved to daily-use size.
    H-22
    The H-22 is a reformed version of No.93 for daily-use. Narrow the width and improve the overall small size. The handle and the bottom part have a dark color scheme due to the tendency of being the first to get dirty.
    BAG FOR SAKE BOTTLES
    PROTOTYPE
    The "sake bag" for delivering a bottle of sake or vinegar. In the old days, sake breweries put the name of the liquor on the bag and distributed it to liquor stores etc. This also became a way to advertise while out on a delivery.
    Durability up with heavy-duty cardboard bottom support
    Making the bag easier to use and the bottom stronger.
    For everyday use, it is most often used by the general public. Some craftsmen even use it while commuting to carry a lunch box.
    • 57
      The bottom contains a board, and the bottom has been fitted with studs. The rope can be lengthened and be hung from the shoulder.
    • 18
      One size larger than No. 57, just the right size to fit two large sake bottles. In the olden days, sake bottles could not be hermetically sealed and were easily spilled, so because of that the opening off the bag was made to expose some of the bottles neck.
    Expand pattern, optional divider
    • N-10
      It is the same type as No. 57 but uses a patterned canvas. It is a size that contains two wine bottles.
      A cushioned partition (sold separately) and an A-10 partition [Small] can be used to stably carry tall objects.
      The partition can be freely changed and adjusted.