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We introduce traditional crafts and folk crafts from Tohoku region and sell them by mail order.

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We introduce Handwork, traditional crafts, folk art and traditional foods made by craftsmen in the Tohoku region of Japan
that have been handed down from generation to generation,
and sell them by mail order .
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 Kobo Shirotori

Ken'ichi Shirotori
Ocarina made by a performer
Mr. Shiratori's Ocarina is all handmade by one person, from kneading clay to tuning and firing.
His goal was to make the Ocarina as a musical instrument, and the selection of clay, the shape of the instrument, airway, singing hole, tone hole, tuning, surface processing, firing, etc., were all studied to create the current instrument.

-Shirotori Kenichi's Profile-
      He met Ocarina when he was twelve years old.
in1999  He studied under Kenji Ogawa (flutist and okarina player) to learn how to make and play okarina.
in2003  He established the " Kobo Shirotori Ocarina ", where he makes and teaches Ocarina and performs
       in various places.
       He is a lecturer at the NHK Cultural Center Fukushima class and also teaches at cultural centers.
       He is a bassoonist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and band trainer.
       Many citizens' brass bands have been established.

  • My trip to Tohoku this time was to visit Kenichi Shirotori's "Ocarina Workshop" in Sendai.
    We've known each other since the year I was assigned to Abukuma Cave, so we've been doing business for 10 years already.
    The first was a request for a concert at Takine Goten in Abukuma Cave.
    Looking back on the beginning, there were a lot of interesting memories.
    At the staff meeting, there was a lot of discussion about the possibility that the concert might cause problems in the limestone cave, but after bringing up the example of Shuho Cave, we finally got the go-ahead and made it happen.
  • In Ocarina's performance, the humidity had a big impact.
    When he played Piccolo C, the sound became so heavy that it was difficult to hear the high notes.
    I think it was also the first time Shirotori had experienced this.
  • Afterwards, I am also making a request in the concert of the forest of Hatori Lake Kogen Regina.
    After this, I am envisioning a musical event on the eve of my handiwork tour, and I will be asked to perform there. Now I'm looking forward to it.
  • I took some photos, and during that time, I asked him about various points of Ocarina's construction.
    I don't think there are many Ocarina's that aren't half-assed and that are so solidly made.
    As he, Shirotori, mentioned, the Ocarina sold elsewhere was made by a potter, not a musician.
    From scales to making instruments of sound, melody and the musician's area of expertise is supposed to be.
    A potter's skill is probably necessary, but I don't think there are many people who have both of these things.
  • These things will take six months to a year to make, but it is the fate of handmade products. Your own unique work is a handcrafted product.
    We are fortunate that "Shimosuke, Aizu, Tsugaru The specialized in Handicrafts " is able to handle these products.
マークは、白鳥(しろとり)から、鳥の象形文字です。 ●Bird mark (this mark is the product of " Kobo Shirotori Ocarina ").
  His last name, Shirotori, means "white bird".
5種類のオカリーナ バスC、テナーF、アルトC、ソプラノF、ピッコロCです。 ●There are 5 kinds of Ocarina
  "Piccolo C, Soprano F, Alto C, Tenor F, Bass C".
  Alto C is recommended for a good start.
七つ道具(石膏型、ポンス(穴をあける道具)、エアウェイの為の黒檀型 ●the seven tools of the trade
  (plaster molds, pongee, thickness measuring instruments,
  ebony molds for airways)

Product Information
  • The price is the price of the main unit. A separate consumption tax will be added.
    (Rates revised Oct. 01, 2019)
  • The workshop Shirotori Ocarina is a custom-made product.
    It will take about 6 months to make the product.
    It is also excellent as a pottery.
    He is making "Ocarina as an instrument".
 ピッコロ C ソプラノ F アルト C  通常使われる音域です。初めての購入は、こちらからお奨めです。
・Piccolo C
 6.5 cm high x 11.5 cm
 wide×Width 3.0cm
 Product code OT-01001
・Soprano F
 7.5 cm high x 12.5 cm
 wide.×3.5 cm wide
 Product code OT-01002
・Alto C
 9.5 cm high x 14.5 cm
 wide×4.5cm wide
 Product code OT-01003
テナー F  バス C  
・Tenor F
 12.5 cm high x 18.0 cm
 wide×Width 7.5cm
 Product code OT-01004
Bus C 
 14.0cm high x 21.0cm
  wide.×Width 8.0cm
 Product code OT-01005
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