“Kinpakuoshi”- Highly recognized traditional Japanese gold leaf stamping. Since our workshop was founded in 1949, we have been receiving orders from temples throughout Japan. Our experienced master artisans use bamboo chopsticks as utensils to place gold leaf on articles, such as Buddhist altars, and lacquer for the adhesive. The gold leaf we apply is known as “Honkinpaku” made in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. It is famous for being one of the thinnest types of gold leaf in the world, which is one ten-thousandth of millimeter. The gold leaf is so thin that it is not possible for most to pick it up even with bamboo chopsticks. Yet for our skillful artisans, the handling of such thin gold leaf is a part of their daily routine and they can do so as easily as breathing air. Our artisans pay close attention to the weather and to the condition of object surfaces, and further adjust the way they press the gold leaf into the articles using their attained knowledge. Such carefully crafted gold leaf art is only achieved through the artisan’s rich experience and invaluable sense.
Our hope is to spread and share the technique of traditional Japanese gold leaf – not only in Buddhist temples and at religious ceremonies, but also in everyday life and during daily activities. With such hope in our mind, we studied and finally created products that not only emphasize the genuine feeling of leather, but also the brilliance of gold leaf. Our brand name, GOLDREAM implies our wish to preserve the traditional technique of gold leaf from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), while expanding new possibilities for the gold leaf in order to share the “Nukumori” (nurturing care toward articles and objects crafted by hand) of master artisans, not only in Japan but also overseas.