Inheriting the genes of famous historical craftsmen
It is written that nearly 1,300 years ago, the Yoro Ordinance decreed that Hida Province would be exempt from taxes as repayment for dispatching a skilled company of woodworkers. This was the beginning of the Hida no Takumi (Hida Craftsmen) system in which techinically skilled woodworkers were dispatched from Hida to the capital of Nara.
These earnest woodworkers endured great labors and boasted extraordinary skill, which earned them high acclaim and the title of Hida no Takumi. They were involved in the construction of several temples and shrines, including Yakushiji, Horyuji, and Todaiji, and were active in the building of both Heijo-kyo (modern day Nara) and Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto), so they played an important role in the golden age of Japanese architecture.
In Takayama, where the blood of Hida no Takumi still flows, various types of woodworking technology including construction have flourished.
In 1920, volunteers from Takayama, who were moved by the story of a traveler who had learned the western technology of wood bending in Osaka, invested their shares together to establish a western furniture maker (modern day Hida Sangyo Co., Ltd.).
They made use of the abundant lumber resources and their knowledge of and experience with wood to create a variety of new furniture through trial and error. As a result of this, Takayama developed into one of Japan's greatest production regions for wood furniture such as tables and chairs.
Wooden furniture from Takayama, known as Hida no Kagu uses plenty of natural wood. The charm of natural wood lies in the fact that it continues to live on even after it is made into furniture, so by caring for that furniture it becomes a part of the family.