NTT is a ginormous company in Japan, with research facilities and factories all around the country. One of their employees gave our laboratory the following gift: a handmade letter set made from Japanese paper (washi or 和紙).
This letter set was made with great care at an NTT factory called 塩山 or “salt mountain”, whose purpose is to introduce employment opportunities to people with disabilities.
The contents include 5 different handmade item groups.
- Three postcards, out of which one depicts mount Fuji, the other a grape bunch and the last one a flower whose name is “skunk cabbage”.
- Long note cards with a different colorful pattern on the sides.
- An eco-friendly ball-point pen.
- Small memo cards.
- A business card case made from strong shoji paper (Soft Naoron).
Emphasis is given in fusing minimalistic design with colourful traditional japanese patterns. What I really love about washi is that it is not completely white, but rather a bright shade of beige which gives off a warmer feeling. Additionally, its surface is not smooth, but harsh and creasy which makes it an interesting medium to write on. The concept of enzan as a company, the attention to detail and packaging, as well as the thoughtfull accompanying pamphlet that highlighted the importance of forging strong relationships, make it this letter set an interesting gift choice, don’t you think?