Japan’s woodworking culture has existed since ancient times, so much so that it is believed its people lived with trees. Wood created many of the country’s structures, including furniture, tableware, and other products.

Sashimono, a traditional Japanese craft, represents the country’s wood culture. Cabinets and other large pieces of furniture are among the items on the list. But the Edo sashimono is known for its collection of small indoor items, from oblong coal burners to writing desks, wardrobes, and sewing boxes. “Though they appear to have a delicate structure at first glance, they are surprisingly firm and last for around 100 years,” 68-year-old Yutaka Mogami, the third-generation head of an Edo sashimono workshop in Tokyo’s Kuramae area, said. Sashimono is a method of joining wooden parts without using iron nails. Instead, ledges and recesses are cut into the wood and interlocked to connect the pieces.

The appeal of the Edo sashimono is its amazing durability despite its fragile appearance, with hidden joints holding the minimalist and polished appearance together.