This is a 40-year-old hinoki counter, a soft wood, it takes a lot of care to keep it perfect. Many foreigners in the past were not welcome in a kappo styled restaurant due to their lack of understanding. The protocols involve manners, including table manners, and counter manners.
It’s not complex to explain and in the future I will go into more detail. The long and short of it; this counter is soft like a new-born, and a watch buckle, or a ring can dent, or scratch it very easily.
The investment made for this counter was ¥4,000,000 when it was installed, so you can imagine the pride in ownership. Many would think that’s crazy but for most Japanese eating at this level, they would understand the counters delicate disposition and have a sense of appreciation for the aesthetic.
Categories: Life Cycles