As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. In this case, when two inventive companies put their heads together, they can create something fresh and innovative. Koukin Fuji is the brainchild between Sanko Manufacturing Corporation (a metal plating manufacturer) and Iwakura Weilding Industry Ltd, both located in Shizuoka Prefecture.

A photo of Mt. Fuji
The beauty of Mount Fuji inspires these products from Koukin Fuji (Photo from: Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association)

Drawing inspiration from the omnipresent Mount Fuji that watches over Shizuoka, Koukin Fuji is a homeware brand that makes use of a unique coating processing technique that suppresses the propagation of bacteria, and offering an antimicrobial effect known as “Koukin”. Together, the two companies have created a series of antimicrobial lifestyle products that are both design-centric and safe to use. Kokin Fuji has been honoured by OMOTENASHI Selection, which is a prestigious award that aims to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of Japanese-made products and services.

Here are five products we love:

Ridge-line Cutlery Rest

Cutlery rests styled photo
(Photo from: Koukin Fuji)

In art, there is a constant balance between positive and negative space. The former refers to the subject of the artwork while the latter refers to the background or area that surrounds the subject. When the two are balanced, there is a sense of equilibrium and rhythm for the viewer — just like when we admire the glorious beauty of Mount Fuji, we also marvel at the surrounding panorama. Likewise, this cutlery rest acts as an enabler for you — the user — to better appreciate the sleek design of your utensils.

Cutlery rests photo
From Koukin Fuji
Ridge-line Cutlery Rest (set of 2)

~USD33.57

Chopstick Rest with Reflection 

Chopstick rests with reflection
Chopstick rests with reflection in winter. (Photo from: Koukin Fuji)

Mount Fuji is an active volcano that has many faces — in winter, it’s covered in a blanket of snow and in summer, its natural beauty peeks through as it emerges from its snow cover. This chopstick rest mimics the multi-faceted beauty of Fuji-san with its smooth planed surface reflecting the colours on the table so you enjoy a different view from every angle.

Chopstick rests with reflection
From Koukin Fuji
Chopstick Rest With Reflection (Summer Fuji/Winter Fuji, set of two)

~USD23.35

Sunrise Bottle Opener

Sunrise Bottle Opener (Gold/Silver)
(Photo from: Koukin Fuji)

Why use a regular bottle opener when you can impress your guests with these burnished works of art? Featuring a miniature Mount Fuji as the lever, these bottle openers — available in gold and silver plating — serve as a reminder of the subtle beauty of the sun setting behind the majestic mountain

Sunrise Bottle Opener (Gold/Silver) photo
From Koukin Fuji
Sunrise Bottle Opener (Gold/Silver)

~USD17.51 - ~USD24.08

Climb-route Bookmark

Climb-route Bookmarks styled photo
A bookmark of  Yoshida climb route. (Photo from: Koukin Fuji)

When approaching Mount Fuji, climbers can choose from one of four entrances, each taking a slightly different route to the summit. These four bookmarks have been carved to mimic the shape of these mountain trails and it’s the designers’ hope that just like climbing a mountain, you’ll slowly savour the journey of reading your book and not rush to the end. When you close your book, you get to admire a view of Fuji-san peeking from beneath the clouds.

Climb-route Bookmarks product shot
From Koukin Fuji
Climb-route Bookmark(Fujinomiya/Subashiri/Gotenba/Yoshida)

~USD11.67

Mt. Fuji Paper Clip with Tag

Mt. Fuji Paper Clips with Tag styled photo
(Photo from: Koukin Fuji)

Say goodbye to boring characterless metal clips and hello to beautifully designed paper clips, created in the shape of the iconic mountain. Whether you use it to hold your documents together or to flag important documents, you’ll always hold a piece of Fuji-san close to you.

Mt. Fuji Paper Clip with Tag product shot
From Koukin Fuji
Mt. Fuji Paper Clip with Tag

~USD4.38