Our Story

      Our Story

      Our founders, Kaz and Yuka Morihata, met as undergraduates at the Rhode Island School of Design before going on to work for a number of prestigious design and architecture firms - first in New York City, then back home in Tokyo.

      It was after the Morihatas' return to Japan that Yuka rediscovered an appreciation for the detailed, quality-first craftsmanship she had grown up with but which was something of a rarity in the U.S. To address that need, she and Kaz founded Morihata International with the aim of introducing the work of contemporary Japanese artisans to a wider audience.

      Each year, the couple returns to Japan to select thoughtful products that evoke the innate elegance, nobility and tactile qualities of modern Japanese goods. From the vintage looms of Imabari to the storied tea fields of Kirishima, our collections are sourced from regions throughout Japan where craftsmanship has long been integral to the concepts of identity, history and culture.

      Whether your interest is in Japan-made wares specifically or simply in stocking products of superior quality that will stand out on your shelves, we hope you will request an account with us today.

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      The Morihata Directory

      The Morihata Directory

      To help you familiarize yourself with our offerings, we publish content detailing the history behind our varied collections, the processes used to create many of our products, suggestions on how to get the most out of our wares, and more information besides.

      If you'd like to learn about the collections at the heart of the Morihata brand or become better informed on the subjects of Japanese design and manufacturing, explore the Morihata Directory here.

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