What’s K CRAFTWORK JAPAN?
- K CRAFTWORK JAPAN is the official EC site of MINASE.
- It is a collaborated shop between Engraver KEIJI KANAGAWA and Kyowa Seiko (the manufacturer of MINASE).
The store showroom is located in Akihabara, Tokyo.
Mr. Kanagawa is a world-famous watch engraver from Japan. With unparalleled talent, he can engrave almost any watch part, including the movement, dial, case, rotor, back lid, and clock hands. Utilizing design skills honed during his career as a designer, he is acclaimed for both his techniques and designs in and out of Japan, and has been involved in various engraving work for renowned overseas brands as well.
Aiming to “manufacture products that will be treasured for more than 100 years,” Kyowa is involved in all phases of making the MINASE series of mechanical watches, from design and development to manufacture. “Impressed by the delicate mechanism and style of MINASE watches, I immediately wanted to engrave them,” said Mr. Kanagawa when he contacted us, which resulted in our collaboration. We will supply the MINASE models and watch parts to him, then he will engrave them at the workshop K CRAFTWORK JAPAN. Visitors to the workshop can watch his engraving up close. The annexed store holds regular exhibitions of his works, and sells various goods including his works.
Japan’s most famous watch engraver
Born in Nagasaki in 1960. After graduating from art school, he joined a game-maker in Japan.
In 1985, became a freelance illustrator at the age of 25.
While working on behalf of world-famous entertainment companies, he became immersed in the world of mechanical watches as a hobby, and eventually started manufacturing them.
Now, he is a widely-known, highly-acclaimed freelance watch engraver.
You can find a large number of his works including engraved cases, skeleton movements, or dials decorated with traditional craftwork at K CRAFTWORK JAPAN. Please visit us!
A workshop/store opened in “2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN,” the place for monozukuri, or the Japanese art of making things, located underneath the elevated railway tracks between JR Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, through a collaboration between Mr. Keiji Kanagawa, a watch engraver, and Kyowa Co., Ltd. At the workshop, you can see the meticulous and artistic engraving of Mr. Kanagawa up close. The annexed store exhibits and sells a wide variety of selected watches made in Japan, including those using parts made by Kyowa, those decorated with Japanese traditional craftwork, and those born from Japanese craftsmanship. This is a special place for adults who are fanatical about watches. Enjoy the unique engraving of Mr. Kanagawa and the best of Japanese traditional techniques.
K CRAFTWORK JAPAN
TEL. +81-3-6803-2330 FAX. +81-3-6803-2550
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays or other holidays for 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN.
5-9 2k540 ARTISAN F-1, Ueno, Daitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
6-minute walk from Akihabara Station/4-minute walk from Okachimachi Station, both on the JR Yamanote Line
3-minute walk from Suehirocho Station on the Ginza Line
Kyowa Co., Ltd.
Kyowa Co., Ltd. was founded in Tokyo in 1963 as a precision tool manufacturer. In 1973, it established a plant in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. Its precision tools, cBN tools, PCD diamond tools are widely used in diverse fields, not only for molds and parts processing, but also manufacturing smartphones and other cell phones due to the need for downsizing, automobile engines, aircraft, medical equipment, in addition to syringe needle piercing. The company’s technological capabilities are also used in watch manufacturing: its special stepped drills for piercing crowns have become widespread in watchmaking and other industries. After establishing a solid position also in manufacturing watch cases, Kyowa became a comprehensive watch manufacturer in 1996, engaged in all processes from design and development through manufacturing. In 2005, it established the MINASE brand of watches, and has since been manufacturing world-class watches by combining its precision processing and polishing technologies. With unparalleled craftsmanship and skills unique to Japan, Kyowa aims to produce watches of the world’s highest quality at its plant in Minase City, Akita Prefecture.
The proprietary brand for watches made in Japan, launched by Kyowa in 2005.
Kyowa handles all processes ranging from design and development through manufacturing.
Currently the MINASE brand offers two lines: the HiZ series combining avant-garde design, craftsmanship and Japanese aesthetics; and the Master Craft series of authentic watches boasting exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous hand-crafted work throughout.