The Yame Sudare Manyo, originating in the Yame region of Fukuoka, is descended from a long cultural tradition. The name itself, “Manyo”, which translates to “countless”, or “millions”, signifies a continuing desire to transmit this heritage throughout the generations – young and old, at home and abroad. Our bamboo blinds, as recognized by the Government of Fukuoka as a specialty craft of cultural significance, are also an ideal furnishing for today’s modern interiors. Consequently, our sales and manufacturing teams offer our customers the chance to have these traditional products custom-made to their individual tastes and needs. This entails offering our customers the opportunity to select from countless edging/border fabrics, accessories and so on. Our products are thus ideal for blending perfectly into any living space.
As endorsed by the Prefectural Government of Fukuoka, Yame Sudare products are registered as the 31st artifact of national cultural significance. The trio of remaining companies which continue this rich tradition operate under the auspices of the Yame Sudare Shinkokai, or The Society for the Promotion of Yame Sudare Products. These three are the only companies in existence that manufacture the authentic Yame Sudare product as outlined in, and endorsed by, Yame Sudare Shinkokai’s specifications. In Fukuoka Prefecture, there are seven industrial items that are registered by The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (M.I.T.I.). Of those seven, three originate in the Yame/Chikugo Region in the southern part of Fukuoka Prefecture. An area especially rich in history and tradition, it has produced a total of 20 of the entire prefecture’s 30 culturally-important centers of craftsmanship. Since our company’s inception we have made it our philosophy to maintain the traditional processes that go into the manufacturing of our products.
Requirement of Yame-sudare
- １ We use only bamboo grown in the Yame Region of Fukuoka
- ２ PAll our products are manufactured and produced in the Yame Region
- ３ MSudare blinds are made solely by foot-operated weaving loom
- ４ Our blinds are crafted using traditional weaving methods of twisting vertical threads
- ５ MBamboo stalks are fashioned manually in adherence to traditional methods
- ６ The blinds' decorative hems are painstakingly sewn by hand
Since the founding of our company in 1912, our products continue to represent one of Japan’s oldest traditional crafts. Fashioned from natural materials, our blinds symbolize the timeless cycle of the seasons, and the myriad changes in the natural world that occur with the passing of each month. Thus, our sudare blinds allow one’s living space to feel a part of that natural world rather than detached from it. This is the age-old Japanese spirit and wisdom that we wish to impart.
At Shikada Sangyo our blinds are carefully hewn by hand, and we take extreme care to preserve the natural aesthetic of the Yame Sudare bamboo plants. Although timeless in regard to their cultural heritage and the processes that go into their manufacture, we nevertheless are constantly mindful of the changes that occur in terms of our customers’ tastes and needs. Thus, our blinds can feel at home in any interior or living space – both modern and traditional.
This short video shows the time and care that goes into the production of our blinds.
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- ※The above depict completed product.
In Medieval times the, misu blind functioned as a barrier twixt the spiritual and secular worlds. Thus, we at Shikada Sangyo always keep in mind the symbolic nature of our products, where they exemplify the dual concepts of Japanese hospitality and the four seasons, and allow one to appreciate the changes that occur with the passing of these events. Thus, this concept of timelessness means that our blinds appeal to all the generations.
(Yame Sudare Manyo ) The ozashiki sudare interior hanging blind has its origins in the Heian Period’s misu, which exemplified traditional Japanese shitsurai, or hospitality, furnishings. Originally a feature in the lavish residences (shinden-zukuri) of the aristocracy, the sudare blinds were hung to welcome guests to one’s home and to mark the 24 seasonal events of the year. This aspect of Japanese culture, of hospitality coupled with allowing the changing seasons to enter one’s home, is something our overseas customers have been keen to recreate in their own homes. Our range of bamboo partitions have also proven extremely popular with hotels and restaurants . It is our dearest hope at Shikada Sangyo to communicate the age-old spirit and heart of Japan through our hand-crafted Yame Sudare bamboo blinds.
Merits of our Products:
- １ Our Yame Sudare Blind is a unique bamboo partition made from, and manufactured in, the Yame Region of Fukuoka in Kyushu.
- ２ Our wide variety of products are recognized officially as artifacts of cultural significance by the Government of Fukuoka Prefecture.
- ３ Our products’ versatility enables them to fit into any interior space and meet all tastes and needs. All of our interior blinds are made-to-order: a wide variety of dimensions, fabrics, texture patterns, and accessories are all available from our catalog.
- ４ Our cutting edge Manyo Roman Shade is the first of its type to incorporate age-old design with modern elevation technology. Thus, it is simple to operate, is height-adjustable, and can decorate any interior space.
- ５ Our factory has been using the same traditional manufacturing techniques since our inception in 1912. Our staff will gladly repair any of our customers’ damaged blinds with the utmost care upon request. We will answer any queries regarding the repairs process and basic costs.
This is an optional element of the Ozashiki Sudare blind. The chain-mechanism allows it to be simply raised and lowered to any height. Our easy-to-use ceiling-mounting brackets ensure that installation is simple and effortless. Our products come in a wide variety of measurements, allowing them to fit any interior. All width and height orders must be specified in units of 1cm. For more details, please refer here: