Open House Group Co., Ltd.
The only sukajan in the world is born! Limited to 5 pieces at 880,000 yen per piece.Special specifications with traditional Kiryu embroidery by a ‘modern master craftsman.’Regional co-creation by Gunma Crane Thunders and Japan’s leading ‘god of embroidery.’
The team’s social responsibility activity “CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI”
Open House Group Co., Ltd. (Headquarters Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President Masaaki Arai, hereinafter “our company”) is the owner of the B1 team “Gunma Crane Thunders” of the Japan Professional Basketball League B.LEAGUE. Sukajan will be on sale from today for 880,000 (tax included) per piece. It has been nearly four years since Gunma Crane Thunders became a member of our group, and it will be produced to commemorate the opening of the new home arena “OPEN HOUSE ARENA OTA” on the 15th of this month. This is part of the team’s social responsibility activity “CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI”. Kiyomi Osawa, one of Japan’s leading embroidery artists from Gunma Prefecture, who was involved in the Paris Collection, sewed this sukajan in Kiryu City’s traditional “horizontal embroidery”. Limited to wearing.
● Team social responsibility activity “CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI” [Image 1
CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI is committed to solving local issues and responding to local needs with a sense of gratitude to our team’s irreplaceable partners, such as fans, local communities, and partner companies. It is an activity to contribute to the global common goal SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI: https://g-crane-thunders.jp/csr/
– “Horizontal swing embroidery” characterized by beauty like a painting The beautiful embroidery on the back that makes this sukajan unique is one of the traditional textile-related industries rooted in Kiryu City, which has long prospered as a textile town in the Tomo region of Gunma, where the arena was born. Above all, Kiryu boasts the nation’s leading production of side-swinging embroidery. By using a special sewing machine called a “horizontal sewing machine” that moves the needle not only up and down, but also left and right, the threads are layered to create a unique shade of color and a three-dimensional effect, making it look as beautiful as a painting. It is characterized by creating patterns. The sukajan with its unique embroidery made this technique famous.
●“Crane” and “Thunders” sewn by Kiyomi Osawa, a “contemporary master craftsman” from Kiryu City
This limited sukajan is a special specification in which the team’s symbolic “crane” and “thunder” (thunders), as well as Gunma’s symbol Jomo Sanzan, are embroidered sideways. To commemorate the opening of Japan’s top level arena, we asked Kiyomi Osawa, an embroidery artist who was selected as a “Contemporary Master Craftsman”, to create a sukajan. Mr. Osawa is known as the “god of embroidery” and is a leading expert in side-swing embroidery. While moving the material with his hands, Mr. Osawa steps on the pedal of the horizontal swing sewing machine, and at the same time moves the lever with his knee to move the needle up and down, left and right, and carefully sews the material. The process looks like a painting, with the needle as a brush and the cloth as a canvas. Mr. Osawa has a unique commitment to expressing animals vividly, and with the exquisite color shading, even the texture of the crane’s wings looks like the real thing.
*An image of the completed sukajan. (From left) Each color of Ebi-iro, Benitobi, Viroudo
*(From left) Seiran and Shikkoku
●Most of the production processes are handled by companies in Gunma Prefecture. Horizontal swing embroidery has become a rare technique as the number of craftsmen has decreased in modern times when sewing machines using computers have become widespread. Mr. Osawa’s desire to pass on this technique and traditional crafts to the next generation, and the desire of “CRANE THUNDES ONGAESHI” to support the local people and culture are included in the special sukajan. In addition to the embroidery by Mr. Osawa, most of the production processes, such as weaving, cutting, and sewing, are also done by companies in Gunma Prefecture.
●The entire amount after deducting costs from sales goes to social responsibility activities through CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI
The material is 100% pure silk, and there are five colors available: shrimp, red kite, velvet, blue indigo, and jet black. First place. The price is 880,000 yen (tax included), and the entire amount after deducting costs such as production costs from sales will be used for social responsibility activities through CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI. Delivery to customers is scheduled from the end of April to the middle of May. A beautiful pattern that symbolizes the team name is sewn into the back using traditional techniques from Gunma Prefecture. ● Production episode
It took about half a year from when I asked Mr. Osawa to make this embroidery until he accepted. At first, the pattern I requested to embroider was quite simple, just the character and logo of Gunma Crane Thunders. When Mr. Osawa saw this, he refused, saying, “If it’s a pattern that can be machine-embroidered, there’s no need for me to do it.” After that, we had many meetings, and he accepted our desire to make something special, in line with CRANE THUNDERS ONGAESHI’s philosophy of supporting local people and culture. It is now possible. After about a year of trial and error, we were finally able to sell it.
● Special page for special sukajan
From today, we will start the purchase application. Please see the special page for application and details on Sukajan.
Born February 14, 1940 in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture. Originally, he wanted to be a painter, but at the age of 17, he encountered “horizontal embroidery” and entered the path of embroidery. In 1975, he held his first solo exhibition in the “horizontal embroidery” industry, and since then he has held solo exhibitions all over Japan. From the 1980s to the 1990s, he was in charge of embroidery work for fashion presentations in Japan and overseas such as “Paris Collection” and products of famous brands. In 1994, he was selected as a “Contemporary Master Craftsman”, which is a national award for those with outstanding skills, and in 1996, he was awarded the Medal with Yellow Ribbon. Even now, with over 65 years of career as an embroidery artist, he continues to work vigorously.
Website of the atelier run by Mr. Osawa
About the regional co-creation business of Open House Group Co., Ltd. In order to leave a prosperous Japan to the next generation, the Open House Group will address Japan’s social issues such as “population decline, declining birthrate and aging population”, “concentration of population in cities and decline of rural areas”, “aging of social capital”, As one of the solutions to “long-term economic stagnation”, “low labor productivity”, etc., we advocate “regional co-creation” and aim to realize a sustainable society by working hand in hand with various stakeholders. . There is a circulation of towns, people, and jobs, and compared to the city center where funds can be collected and houses can be sold, the circulation is weakened in rural areas. The Open House Group believes that resolving regional issues and restoring circulation are necessary for resolving issues in Japan. Create a town, create a flow of people, and create jobs. We aim to spread this kind of urban development throughout Japan, create favorable locations all over Japan, and realize a sustainable society where motivated people can play an active role through regional co-creation. Current main initiatives: Ota City New Arena Project, Minakami Town Development Project (Minakami Hot Spring Town Revitalization, Minakami Hodaigi Ski/Campground), Kiryu Minami High School Site Utilization Project, Gunma Crane Thunders, Open House Forest Project
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About Open House Group Co., Ltd.
From January 2022, Open House Co., Ltd. and related companies have transitioned to a holding company structure with Open House Group Co., Ltd. as the pure holding company. The group’s business is centered on detached house-related business, condominium business, profit-earning real estate business, and real estate business in the United States, and develops various services related to housing and living. We have expanded to the Osaka and Fukuoka areas, and in recent years, we have also been focusing on activities for regional co-creation and environmental conservation activities. Since our founding in 1997, our detached house business has been our main business. We have
established an integrated system for manufacturing and sales, from land purchase to construction and sales, to provide housing in convenient locations and at affordable prices. With the increase in dual-income households, we have been promoting initiatives that are unique to the Group, such as locations close to work and home, and plans to meet new needs amidst diversifying work styles. The Group will continue to strive to provide housing that will be chosen by even more customers.
Open House Group Co., Ltd. Website URL: https://openhouse-group.co.jp/ – company overview –
Trade name Open House Group Co., Ltd.
Headquarters 20th floor (general reception) and 21st floor of JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7020
Founded September 1997
Representative Masaaki Arai, President and Representative Director Capital 20,070,080,000 yen
Number of employees (consolidated) 4,493 (as of the end of September 2022) Details about this release:
Open House Group Co., Ltd.