ROKKAKU – A Kyoto Hakuoshi Specialist with Cards, Letters and More for Those Special People in your Life!
ROKKAKU is a paper shop located in downtown Kyoto that specializes in hakuoshi prints.
Hakuoshi is a form of printmaking that utilizes metal foils, such as gold leaf, instead of paint. Each design is pressed and copied onto paper using a combination of a metal letterpress, heat and pressure.
Hakuoshi is an incredibly delicate technique that doesn’t easily forgive even the slightest of misalignments.
That's why all of ROKKAKU's hakuoshi items are made individually by skilled artisans.
In addition to hakuoshi, some of ROKKAKU's items also use the company’s own original brand of paper called “SC Kohaku.”
Taking ROKKAKU's cards and envelopes in your hands, you’re able to get a sense of the gentle warmth unique to handmade artisanal crafts through the subtle unevenness of the hakuoshi prints.
ROKKAKU offers a range of products with varied and sophisticated designs – including maps of Kyoto, young maiko and other designs unique to the ancient capital.
Whether you want a card to send to a loved one or are simply looking for a memento of your time in Kyoto, you won’t regret dropping by ROKKAKU.
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ROKAKU’s “WA TAYORI” are the store’s popular series of message card sets. Each of the designs features brilliant hakuoshi prints that provide the beautifully crafted cards with an air of luxury.
Pictured above are two of ROKKAKU’s seasonal WA TAYORI sets.
In addition to these limited designs, ROKKAKU also carries a series of year-round designs that feature animal motifs.
The texture of the unique subtle unevenness and the feel of the pressed foil are simply wonderful, so if you get a chance in-store, we highly recommend picking them up and feeling them for yourself.
ROKAKU’s Favorites Box is a customizable collection of 10 cards, 5 envelops and 1 box.
Each item included in the set can be chosen from a range of various designs; including nearly 20 cards, 8 envelops and 8 boxes.
While there are of course classic Kyoto designs, there are also both modern and minimalist motifs as well.
With this set, you’ll be able to make a truly one of a kind set of cards that is yours and yours alone.
*note that designs are subject to change from time to time and season to season.
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Goshuin Seal Books
These are ROKKAKU’s special goshuin seal books – a series of incredibly unique notebooks that feature beautiful hakuoshi letter print patterns.
Goshuin seal books are notebooks used for receiving goshuin seals at temples and shrines.
As the books are made specifically for holding these kinds calligraphy seals, they use a high-quality Japanese washi paper called tori no ko, which stops the ink from bleeding. As tori no ko paper is especially strong against ink bleed and holds up well during long-term storage, it used to be used for official documents back in ancient times.
If you don’t happen to have any Japanese shrines or temples in your neighborhood, then don’t worry, as you can, of course, use these fabulous notebooks as sketchbooks or scrapbooks too.
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Pochi-bukuro – Gift Envelopes
In Japan, pochi-bukuro are small paper envelops used when giving gifts of money – in particular otoshidama, money given to kids for New Year, and sometimes when giving tips at traditional ryokan inns.
The pochi-bukuro envelopes at ROKKAKU all feature hakuoshi letterpressed designs and have marvelously fun textures.
If giving money isn’t your thing, then you can always write a loved one a letter and hand it to them in a pochi-bukuro as well.