Please see this short movie clip first to get to know the brand, describing how the material used for the TAKADA botanical brushes and blooms, SHURO or windmill palm bark fibers, is harvested, the unique and interesting production processes of the items, and their usages in your daily life:
(Some of the products shown in the above picture are no longer produced. This picture shows an image of the kinds of product lines we carry.)
TAKADA - Introduction to Botanical Brushes from WAKAYAMA, Japan
The bark of the windmill palm tree, or SHURO, has been one of the familiar materials to the people of Japan since old times, and its flexible and soft texture has been utilized for brooms and scrub brushes, called "TAWASHI" in Japanese.
TAKADA's artisans have been handcrafting TAWASHI with uniform texture one at a time, using only the finest, carefully-selected materials for some seventy years.
In the past, the local industry using the domestic windmill palm is almost discontinued. However, TAKADA has been restoring traditional Japanese scrub brushes made of the bark of the windmill palm tree growing naturally in Japan's KISHU area (Wakayama Prefecture) while sustaining the major part of their business of producing and selling the mainstream products utilizing imported SHURO fibers.
The fresh bark of SHURO has fine luster and uniform fibers. We use these finest materials for selected products such as body brushes.
Despite appearances, our brushes are astonishingly soft, making them suitable for bathing and scrubbing fruits and vegetables, imparting a gentle, pleasing, and invigorating sensation to your skin. But don't take our word for it — pick one up and experience for yourself the quality that lends something a bit extraordinary every day.
How to Make TAWASHI?:
Styling the TAKADA - Body Brush - (photo by Andres Jana & Claudio Robles, courtesy of JETRO NY):
All TAKADA products comply with the following European Community Regulations:
(EC) No 1935/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL Materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.