Furniture

Gojome Tansu (chest of drawers) has maintained its precision over the years. Wheeled tansu are carefully prepared with handmade metallic pieces. Curved wooden pieces with elegant lines are popular worldwide. Akita furniture takes advantage of the rich wood resources of the region including the availability of natural Akita cedar, Japanese zelkova, paulownia, and Japanese beech, along with the long-accumulated wisdom and efforts of master craftsmen.
The production of wooden furniture, such as house furniture, joinery, and barrels, began in the prefecture due to the rich timber production. Among them, Gojome was known as a town of furniture artisans since the Edo era, and the production of tansu started in the Tempo period (1830–1844) due to the introduction of production techniques for carpenters, Buddhist altar makers, and horse piece makers. The tansu was initially made with cedar, but later was made using Japanese zelkova as well. By the middle of the Meiji era (1868–1912), the entirely paulownia-made tansu of Gojome found a market outside the area. The development of the techniques in Gojome could largely be attributed to the collaboration between wood artisans and blacksmith artisans, which made it easier to develop and maintain a high level of craftsmanship. The existence of a regular market in the town also helped in the production of tansu.
This tradition has been passed on through the generations. The tansu of Gojome attract a lot of attention and have maintained a good reputation, as they represent the entire prefecture. Gojome is also known for wheeled tansu with lacquered natural boards of Japanese zelkova, paulownia, and handmade metallic pieces.