New Store Now Open: Gyokusendo Kogai

On Sunday March 10th we opened a brand new new store in a quiet residential area in Tokyo about a 10 minute walk from Omotesando Station. The store is called Kogai, coming from the name of the historical name of the area in which it resides. Kogai also refered to a type of hairpin for women that was made by skillful metalworkers. The store carries much of our copperware, but also carries a carefully curated selection of woodwork, textiles, ceramics, glassware, and metalwork from 12 makers from all over Japan.

In a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by crafts, we hope you come to immerse in the space. You can come to chat or even just sit quietly and look. With or without an appointment, feel free to come by even on a whim.

If you’re out for a walk on a nice day, please do stop by.



Gato Mikio 1908 – Yamanaka Lacquerware
Takemata Yuichi Metalwork
Kido Yukiko – Kutani Ware
Kentaro Kiln – Karatsu Ware
Suzuki Morihisa Studio – Nanbu Ironware
Senuma Kentaro Glass
Tsuchiya Textiles
Hataman Touen – Imari Nabeshima Ware
Fujii Woodwork
Matsumoto Ikumi Ceramics
Marunao Woodwork
Murakami Keiko Textiles


Store Information

Gyokusendo Kogai
2-18-10 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0031 Japan
Phone/Fax:  03-6450-6370
Open:  wed, thurs, and weekends:  11:00 ~ 18:30 / fri 12:00 ~ 19:30
Closed: mon, tues

NHK World – Japanology Plus – Special Episode

DJ, radio broadcaster, and music critic, Peter Barakan, comes to Gyokusendo for a one-on-one interview with our very own Matthew Headland. While he’s here he also takes a tour of the workshop and tries his hand at making a copper dish.

March 7th (Thur) NHK World and Online
March 14th (Thur) Domestic (BS)

Visit here for more information or to watch the episode.

New York Times Feature

On February 14th, we were featured in the international edition. The piece focuses on our cupware but also talks briefly about the history of Tsubame-Sanjo and the artisans that dedicate themselves to the craft.

You can view the article here.

We’re in Taipei!

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Tsubame-Sanjo Trade Organization, an exhibition coined “In Between” is being held. Twelve companies from Tsubame-Sanjo will participate and each will bring their own products, hold talks, and demonstrations for visitors to enjoy.

We’re very much looking forward to reuniting with our fans in Taiwan.

《Dates》 February 16th (Fri) ~ 18th (Sun), 2024
《Place》 松山文創園区 北向製菸工廠 (No. 133, Guangfu S Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110)
《Official》 In Between: Tsubame-Sanjo Industrial & Craft Cultural Exchange Exhibition (Traditional Chinese)

Notice of Price Change

Thank you to our customers for their love and support of our products.

To continue fostering the development and growth of hand-hammered
copperware, our prices will change as of February 1st, 2024.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and support.

If you would like to inquire about purchasing, please feel free to contact us.

Tsubame Home Office & Workshop, Niigata
Ginza, Tokyo

Hakkaisan & Niseko Brewery Event

Hakkaisan (Hakkaisan Brewery Co., Ltd.) is holding an event at their new distillery in Niseko, Hokkaido. In front of their large copper distilling tanks, we will be doing some hammering demonstrations and showing off our pieces.

Date: February 10th – 26th

Time: 10am to 5pm (last day goes until 3pm)
Place: Niseko Distillery
〒048-1511 北海道虻田郡ニセコ町ニセコ478-15 (Google Maps)

For more information:

Gyokusendo Head Office & Workshop




During the event:
① Artisan demos

An artisan will travel from our workshop in Tsubame to do some demonstrations and speak to participants.
February 10th – 12th 
10am to 4:30pm (12th until 12pm)

② Limited Edition Cocktails

They will be serving specialty made drinks in our copperware at the bar.

③ Exclusive Cupware on Offer

Limited edition, Niseko Distillery stamped cup will be sold on site. We made 5 for the occasion.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!