A Thousand Years of Chemistry

Searching for the roots of modern technology in Japanese tradition culture

Japan’s ancient capital moved from Nara to Kyoto 12 centuries ago. Although known for its traditional culture, Kyoto’s ancient wisdom also gave rise to technical arts which enriched the lives of people. In this wisdom is the origin of modern chemistry.

ELASTICITY

ELASTICITY

The archer’s bow is masterful use of the elastic properties of bamboo.
Seeking the same elasticity, modern chemistry produced elastomer which is used in car bumpers and rubber products.

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LACQUER

LACQUER

Traditional coating offering both strength and beauty.
Coating resins are the modern equivalent and are used on automobiles and other coating applications.

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WRAPPING

WRAPPING

Bamboo leaves are natural food preservers.
Today’s food packaging materials are the bamboo leaves of the past.

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ADDITIVES

ADDITIVES

“Washi” (traditional Japanese paper). Viscous plant-based liquid is added to alter original raw materials.
Modified resin of modern chemistry add strength to paper and other materials.

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MOLDS

MOLDS

Kyoto confections are produced in exquisite shapes using finely crafted molds.
Today, molds of advanced precision are made from engineered resins.