Okawa City, Japan:
City of Wood and Furniture

Aired: Dec. 31, 2021

This segment features the city of Okawa, located in Fukuoka Prefecture, southern Japan. Okawa developed as Japan’s largest furniture production area over many years. Its traditional Kumiko woodwork, for example, is used in luxury trains. One of the area’s major companies, Seki Furniture, employs a new technique for single-piece wooden tables, made with the commitment to make the most use of every piece of wood. Okawa’s wooden furniture industry also has initiatives to teach the importance of trees to children through tree planting activities.

Wooden tabletops in an atelier in Okawa
Okawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Seki Fumihiko, president of Seki Furniture
Traditional Kumiko woodwork

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