Creating Culture: Volume One

Welcome to our Creating Culture series, which will present some small snippets of insight from our president, Ryo Tanaka. He has been involved with the business for many years and as Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide is a family business and has been since 1953, the family and team here has a lot of information and knowledge to share!

These have been translated from Japanese, so please keep this in mind that words and meanings may not be 100% accurate or correct. A text version of each image is provided for accessibility.

Hello, everyone.

I'm Ryo Tanaka, the third generation president of Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide.

I started working here in 2016, and took over the family business as president in March, 2022.

Have you been able to visit our store recently?

I almost miss how cluttered it was here back in the past.

Through trial and error though, we've been improving while constantly asking ourselves "How do we better communicate to everyone?"

Thanks to the team here, who I consider family, I think we've been able to make an amazing place.

In just these seven years, so much has changed.

I'm sure there's much that my seniors, who have been in the industry since I was walking around the store as a baby couldn't fully agree with.

However, it's precisely thanks to that concern for the future that those individuals have been able to advise us, support us and patiently watch over us.

It's absolutely something we cannot afford to take for granted.

I'm filled with so much gratitude for those people, both past and present.

Today, information from the world over come to us at the pace of a raging waterfall through our smartphones, and AI technology judges our videos, photos and articles about traditional kitchen knife culture as "dangerous", restricting or blocking this content as a matter of course

(Naturally, this is quite infuriating, but when you read about it, it almost sounds like a science fiction story.)

Japan is losing its ability to make things, and while Osaka is in the spotlight as a popular tourist destination, what kind of "good" can we create in this city through knives, tools, shopping streets and production areas?

The question we need to ask ourselves more than anything is simple, yet at the same time has many answers:

What do we do from here?

My thoughts on this question are simple: "Create culture."

But that's way too vague, isn't it?

Therefore, I hope through these little snippets I can share these thoughts and processes with you all.

Thank you for joining us in this journey.

Ryo Tanaka - 3rd Generation President
Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide

End of Volume One

If you ever have questions for our president, or want to write further comments feel free to reach out to us via our contact page, or message us via our social media accounts. While we can't answer everything, we will always do the best we can to showcase and educate about traditional kitchen knife culture. You can also see this post on our Instagram!

You can also learn more about knife culture in our other blogs by clicking or tapping here,