More than 100 years since its foundation
Japanese and gold leaf signs
Tea room signs
At Kurita Kanbanho, we have been making these traditional signs during three generations, beginning with my grandfather, as a company specialized in traditional Japanese signs located in Nagoya. We have realized a great number of hengaku fabrication works using our skills nurtured for many years and our rich experience, while attaching considerable importance to hand carving. We are proud that our tea room signs have always brought great satisfaction to our customers.
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on weekdays
● Three generations of know-how in sign fabrication ●
● Skills nurtured for many years ●
● Attaching importance to hand carving ●
● Rich experience and track record ●
Hengaku: Sign displayed above the door or inside a tea house. The name of the tea house is written on this sign.
Nuregaku: A wooden sign on a roof gable or on a wall under a roof overhang.
Nuregaku: Type of sign made in pine or zelkova wood and colored with gofun or other substances on which a name in relation to a hermitage or a tea house is carved.
(Source: Translation from Genshoku Sado Daijiten, Tankosha)
We ask the customer about the installation location. We decide together with the customer on the size of the sign depending on if it will be installed on a wall outdoors or in the shadow indoors. Then, after the customer has chosen the material and the finishing of the characters, we ask them to send a digital or printed copy of the design to our company. Finally, we send a quotation for the work and wait for the customer definitive order.
Approximately 35 to 45 cm in width for indoor installation, and 50 to 70 cm in width for outdoor installation.
However, the size may vary depending on factors such as the design, the size of the room and the installation location. The final size is determined after consultation.
You can choose between red cedar and zelkova.
In the Kansai region, particularly in Kyoto, the majority of tea room signs are made of red cedar, while red cedar and zelkova are used equally in the Kanto region.
Character finishing is realized using gofun (calcium carbonate powder) or verdigris, which are Japanese traditional painting materials. Vermilion pigment is used for the signature.
The carving technique used (hotei-bori, yagen-bori or jisuki-bori) depends on the size of the characters.
Gofun finishing (white)
Verdigris finishing (green)
Characters Small signature
A copy of the design created by the customer is sent to our company by mail or as an e-mail attachment.
After adjusting the size and the balance of the design, we print it out and submit it to the customer for verification.
The amount of required work is highly influenced by the design. Therefore, we provide an individual quotation for each work.
Wood material with finer grain is available on demand.
Example: From 180,000 yen for a 45 cm sign, from 200,000 yen for a 60 cm sign
*The prices above do not include taxes. The prices vary depending on the wood quality, the size, etc.
Please contact us for more details.
Packing and delivery costs are charged separately. 2000 yen (taxes not included) for delivery in Honshu. Please contact us for delivery costs to Hokkaido and Okinawa.
We also provide L-shaped nails and latches on demand for 1000 yen (taxes not included).
Works by application
Kurita Kanbanho / 2-1-20, Izumi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture 461-0001 ／Tel: 052 (931)7886 Fax: 052 (931) 3902
● Registration for outdoor signs businesses ● Aichi Prefecture (Registration 18) No. 438 ● Nagoya City (Registration 18-0) No. 255 ● Mie Prefecture No. (06) 00415 ● Gifu Prefecture No. 664