Tokushima Butsudan, A Taste of the Traditional in the Modern World Take a look at the menu on the left for our finest works, designated as "Signature Traditional Products of Tokushima Prefecture"
Tokushima is one of Japan's leading producers of butsudan, or "Buddhist Altars". Tokushima's foundations in woodworking skills since the Edo Period (c. 1603-1868) and its abundance of lumber are thought to have lead to the development of butsudan production.

With the post-war reconstruction, there was a need for a great number of butsudan in Osaka, which caused the production of butsudan in Tokushima to take off and made it into the production hub that it is today. The production of butsudan for Osaka brought the skills to make karaki-butsudan (butsudan made with exotic wood) to Tokushima, which became the foundation of the advanced technology and high quality boasted by Tokushima butsudan today.

Tokushima butsudan make use of top-of-the-line exotic wood, including Ebony, Rosewood, Bombay Black Wood, Zelkova, Uezakura, Elm, Yakushima Cedar, and Japanese Pagoda. The butsudan are characteristic for their tranquil and solemn aura brought about by the exquisite grains in the wood, and boast a history of over 100 years with their start in the Edo Period.

Masterpieces, crafted by the careful hands of experienced craftsmen in Tokushima.
At the "Butsudan Forest", the largest exhibition in the Kansai and Shikoku areas, you can have a look at the ultimate upscale Tokushima butsudan.

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Masterpieces, crafted by the careful hands of experienced craftsmen in Tokushima. At the 'Butsudan Forest', the largest exhibition in the Kansai and Shikoku areas, you can have a look at the ultimate upscale Tokushima butsudan.

Masterpieces, crafted by the careful hands of experienced craftsmen in Tokushima. At the 'Butsudan Forest', the largest exhibition in the Kansai and Shikoku areas, you can have a look at the ultimate upscale Tokushima butsudan.

Bodai Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

Passed on from parent to child and from child to grandchild, this solid "100-year butsudan" (hyakunen butsudan) never loses its appeal. A true masterpiece, crafted with the heart and soul of a seasoned craftsman.

Type of wood Ceylon Ebony
Front Surface Material Pedestal Thick Ceylon Ebony board
Shutters Pure Ceylon Ebony
Main Door Axis Thick Ceylon Ebony board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 20 Width: 72.5 cm; Depth: 66 cm; Height: 170 cm
No. 22 Width: 77 cm; Depth: 71 cm; Height: 171 cm
Price No. 20 3,700,000 yen (Tax not included)
No. 22 4,500,000 yen (Tax not included)

Specifications

Ranma (Transom)

A true masterpiece, crafted with the heart and soul of a seasoned craftsman.

Drawers (with Paulownia box)

There are drawers for storage on the left and right side of the lower pedestal, and sliding the door in the center gives way to a deep storage space.

Sliding Lower Pedestal

Pushing in the drawer storage section gives way to hidden storage space below. With the depth and width of the storage space, it is optimal for storing wider objects such as altar cloths.

Yakusugi Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

A masterpiece featuring an abundance of valuable Yakushima cedar (Yakusugi).
This stately, top-of-the-line butsudan makes careful use of its component materials.

Type of wood Yakushima Cedar (Yakusugi)
Front Surface Material Pedestal / Thick Yakusugi Board
Shutters / Pure Yakusugi
Main Door Axis / Thick Yakusugi Board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 25 Width: 90 cm Depth: 74 cm Height: 173 cm
Price No. 25 8,500,000 yen (Tax not included)

Specifications

Ranma (Transom)

A top-of-the-line ranma, hand-carved with pure materials.

Drawers

Includes a Paulownia box and is superb in fending off insects and moisture.

Sliding Lower Pedestal

The lower pedestal is equipped with a function that allows it to slide into the back, where there is even more room for storage below.

Banno Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

An original butsudan from "The Butsudan Forest" exhibition.
As the name "banno" ("universal") suggests, the height of the lower pedestal, the ranma, and the main doors can all be mixed and matched freely.

Type of wood Zelkova / Rosewood / Ceylon Ebony
Front Surface Material Pedestal / Thick Zelkova board
Shutters / Pure Zelkova
Main Door Axis / Thick Zelkova board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 18: Width: 64 cm Depth: 51 cm Height: 160 cm
No. 20: Width: 70 cm Depth: 60 cm Height: 170 cm
Price No. 18 1,000,000 yen (Tax not included)
No. 20 1,200,000 yen (Tax not included)

Specifications

Ranma (Transom)

A masterpiece crafted with the heart and soul of a seasoned craftsman. May be replaced with a reed ranma.

Lattice Shoji

Has a delicate and quaint lattice shoji. The lower part is decorated with the Four Noble Ones (The Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, and Plum Blossom).

Main Doors with Maki-e

On the back side of the main doors is an elaborate maki-e drawing, done with a lacquering technique. This may be replaced with a carving of a picture.

Ran Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

For those who hold high standards for butsudan.
Utilizes the most top-of-the-line materials — Choose between Ceylon Ebony and Rosewood.

Type of wood Ceylon Ebony / Rosewood
Front Surface Material Pedestal / Thick Ceylon Ebony board
Shutters / Pure Ceylon Ebony
Main Door Axis / Thick Ceylon Ebony board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 20 Width: 71cm Depth: 65cm Height: 169 cm
No. 21 Width: 74 cm Depth: 68 cm Height: 170 cm
Price No. 20 2,400,000 yen (Tax not included)
No. 21 2,600,000 yen (Tax not included)

Specifications

Ranma (Transom)

An elaborately carved, pure ranma.

Girder

Equipped with a girder (Obiki) on the bottom step.

Drawers

The Paulownia drawers are superb in fending off insects and moisture.

Tensho Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

The high-caliber, exotic wood shines in this piece.
A masterpiece crafted with the care that you can only expect from Tokushima butsudan.

Type of wood Rosewood / Ceylon Ebony / Zelkova / Japanese Pagoda
Front Surface Material Pedestal / Thick Rosewood board
Shutters / Pure Rosewood
Main Door Axis / Thick Rosewood board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 18 Width: 63 cm Depth: 54 cm Height: 161 cm
No. 20 Width: 71 cm Depth: 63 cm Height: 171 cm
Price No. 18 1,600,000 yen (Tax not included)
No. 20 1,850,000 yen (Tax not included)

Specifications

Ranma (Transom)

An elaborately carved, pure ranma.

Drawers

The Paulownia drawers are superb in fending off insects and moisture.

Girder

Equipped with a girder (Obiki) on the bottom step.

Fuko Designated a Signature Traditional Product of Tokushima Prefecture.

The most top-of-the-line materials and traditional techniques,
all squeezed into one compact and movable butsudan.

Type of wood Rosewood / Ceylon Ebony / Zelkova
Front Surface Material Pedestal / Thick Rosewood board
Main Door Axis / Thick Rosewood board
Core Material Natural Heather
Surface Finish Urethane
Country of Origin Japan (Tokushima)
Size No. 18 Width: 42 cm Depth: 35 cm Height: 55 cm
Price No. 18 500,000 yen (Not including tax)

Specifications

Doors

The refined skills of the craftsman shine even in the adorable, flower-pattern lattice.

Drawers

Equipped with portable Paulownia drawers that allow for adjustments in depth; excel in fending off insects and moisture.

Altar Feet

The supple curve of the altar feet portrays a graceful image.