KiGinKin

committed to quality

Who is KiGinKin?

The disappointment of overvaluing.
We've all been through this.
It's that feel you get when, after purchasing something on your long-desired trip to a country, you bring it back home and realize it was a knick knack or, in the best of cases, a standard souvenir made in the thousands at a factory in China.

How did that happen?
"It looked great and the shop was nice, but come to I think of it... 5 bucks for a hand-painted tea cup..."

No story, no dream, no love.

It's hard to cherish for life something that you understand was manufactured just because it sells.
And we're left with the harsh decision: should I stick to this low-cost souvenir for which I paid more than I should have, or admit the defeat and throw it in the garbage? No way I can do that. I bought it on my trip to [insert name of beloved country here] after planning it for years!

If this story resonates with you, saying that KiGinKin is made for you would be an understatement.
It would probably be more accurate to say that KiGinKin is made by you. Or by people like you at least.

Let me explain this.

Overvaluing usually sounds like this:

"It looked great and the shop was nice, but come to I think of it... 5 bucks for a hand-painted tea cup..."

First of all, thanks for visiting KiGinKin.
My name is Sesto, and I'm one of the original members of the team that started this platform in Kyoto in 2020.
As the account manager of KiGinKin, I'm also the one who will likely reply to you whenever you contact us. I'll be looking forward to that.

Now, let's get straight to the point.
What's the reasoning behind KiGinKin?

Easily said: the disappointment mentioned here is something I've been through personally several times in my life: be it a Scottish shortbread in Aberdeen, a ceramic plate in Helsinki, a glass in Venice, a rice bowl in Kyoto, a paella pan in Barcelona or a wooden mask in Bangkok, I have spent an incredible amount of time, money and feelings on objects that were just a tiny bit more than souvenirs made for tourists.
All of that ended up in the garbage. My memories were there, but touching something and sighing while thinking "ah, yes, that little shop on that rainy afternoon. I wonder if they're still there"... no compare.

Now, since times have changed, going to places is becoming less and less necessary (in fact quite tricky since the pandemic), and you can comfortably purchase goods from all over the world in a few clicks. This surely is a great advantage, but the problem of overvaluing is becoming more and more relevant as we can't even touch something before we add it to the cart.

Here's where KiGinKin pledges to keeping that disappointment away from you, while letting you save your time, money and feelings for items that are really worth it.

Keep reading below to see how we make sure that whatever you see on KiGinKin is top-shelf, first-choice objects that you can be sure you will love for a long time.

Each item on KiGinKin has a story, a dream, and in most cases a single artisan who spent hours, months, or even years designing and creating them.

At KiGinKin, we don't sell products.
We offer precious moments to add to your life.

Keep reading to know more about us, or shoot me an email to start a conversation. I'm eager to understand what you would like to get from KiGinKin next.

Because, again: KiGinKin is made by you. Or, at least, by people like you.

A bit about KiGinKin

The name of KiGinKin is the combination of three words: "ki" (木, wood), "gin" (銀, silver) and "kin" (金, metal, or gold).
These three materials perfectly symbolize our principles of simplicity, beauty and luxury.
It is also a reference to the Japanese phrase "mokka dokonsui" (木火土金水, meaning "wood, fire, soil, metal, water") used to express the natural origins of traditional crafts.

We are a high-end online shopping platform specializing in top-quality goods made in Japan, focusing on traditional crafts and their cultural relevance. We are particularly interested in those artisans who create modern goods using traditional techniques, and with a special taste that can be appreciated by an international audience.

We at KiGinKin work closely with our suppliers and consultants, to ensure that each product we present on our platform meets the two fundamental requirements of authenticity and quality, the very foundation of KiGinKin.
Yes, because in order to be featured on KiGinKin, all items must be:

1) designed and/or made in Japan
2) hand-made or made using human-assisted machines
3) of superior quality.


But our commitment doesn't end here: we will be working to expand our exclusive Knowledge Base for you to make sure that what you're looking at is exactly what you're looking for. Take your time to learn about an item before you purchase, and feel free to come back whenever you have a doubt: our Knowledge Base, unlike the products themselves, will be there forever.

Authenticity

KiGinKin's guarantee of authenticity

Japanese metalworks kinzoku on KiGinKin - Japanese artisan hammering copper

"We're not going to sell stuff we don't understand. We need to ask key questions to manufacturers, retailers, experts, and the Emperor if necessary!”

Quality

When "good" is not enough

​"If it's Japanese and it's amazing, it must be on KiGinKin."

Knowledge

You've got questions? ​We've got your back!

You don't want to buy a beautiful vase for your mother, and years later be told that it's a funerary urn, do you?

This won't happen with us. KiGinKin features a Knowledge Base and a YouTube channel with information on suppliers, their products, related Japanese customs and anything you need to know to make a flawless purchase.

Our knowledge base will show you where a product comes from, how it was made, if it was made the traditional way or in a revolutionary way–and we'll go as far as to telling you how it is used in Japan. (Then, the freedom to use a lacquered jūbako as an exotic jewel box is all yours.)

​Not enough? We offer full email support to our suppliers, so if you need information that is not published, we'll have you covered.

​Not enough? If you wish to discuss details with the manufacturer or the retailer in person, you may also book a meeting with them, and we will provide an interpreter.

Not enough? Come on, don't be too harsh on us...

​"Imagine the power of a marketplace pairing up with the wealth of information of an encyclopedia. And now, stop imagining: KiGinKin is here."

Questions?
Reach out to us for answers. Or to say hi.