Agoyabon (Tray)

Artist: Masaru Kawai
100,000 yen ($959.15 USD)

Yakusugi Agoyabon (Tray) 37.5cm x 31.5cm

The tray is named for the Agoya Temple in Nara where the design was said to have been originally used.

Yakusugi refers to the ancient sugi (cedar) grown on the island of Yakushima in southern Japan. The granite soil lacks nutrients causing the trees to grow slowly which results in a tight grain and a strong scent.
(**The unfinished yakusugi has small natural holes and imperfections)

Masaru Kawai Profile
Born in Gifu in 1979 into an agricultural family, Masaru Kawai spent his youth running running around the local mountains and forests and playing in his relatives timber yard and workshop. After graduating with an architecture major from Kyoto Seika University in 2001, Kawai undertook woodworking training in Hida (a region in Northern Gifu, rich in hardwoods and well known for its timber furniture) and apprenticed with a furniture maker in Kyoto. He later established his own independent workshop in 2007 and his SOMA brand in 2016. Kawai exclusively uses locally sourced Japanese timbers and through his work and his activities he advocates for a 'culture in which we live together with the forest'


  • Dimensions: L 37.5cm x W 31.5cm x H 1.8cm
  • Weight: 630g
  • Material: Yakusugi
  • Product No: MK-100-31
  • Made in Japan