Slim Cherry Bark Canister by Akio Keitoku

This exquisite canister is designed and made  by craftsman Akio Keitoku.

This canister is intended for storage use, to minimise oxidation, multi use not only for tea leaves but also for various items such as coffee beans.

The surface of the wild cherry bark is used, and the surface of the bark of the cherry blossom tree is used. The gloss increases over time and use, deepening and enriching the relationship with the user owner.

The diameter is of a slim build which enhances grip and profile.

The lid is finely adjusted to close smoothly.

Size (approx.): Diameter 7.2 Height 13.3 cm

Capacity (approx.): 100 g (tea leaves)

Handcrafted in Kakunodate, Akita .

About Cherry Bark Craft - Kabaizuku

Cherry bark is an eco-friendly material as it will regrow after being harvested. Cherry bark ware mainly have two different kinds of finishes: the one is Marble, that retains the appearance of the raw bark ; the other is Natural, whose surface is thinly scraped to a polish. The surfaces of cherry bark items will grow more lustrous the more you handle them.


The cherry bark is harvested between August and September in the mountains of the northern area of Japan because the trees contain a generous quantity of water. Thus the professional experts can cleanly peeled away from the trunk. And it has been dried naturally for about two years. Even after the cherry bark has been harvested from a tree, if the total amount of harvesting is under one third of the entire tree, the bark regrows.

Marble finish is the raw bark with gray-brown color. Only fine raw bark can be used for it, thus it is precious. The raw bark becomes reddish brown color by whittling, and then polishing it to a high shine, called Natural. To transform wild cherry bark into the craft material “Marble” and “Natural”, which we use in our collections, the craftsman whittles and polishes each.

*There will be slight variations in wood grain, shape and size in the works of photographs and works that you receive at hand. Please appreciate and enjoy it as character of individual pieces made from natural material.