Solid Paulownia Chest,
Doumaru typeThree-Piece Traditional Chest with Obi Tray

The Doumaru type embodies the finest craftsmanship among paulownia chests.The main body panel (side board) is processed into a 55-mm-thick panel, more than twice as thick as the standard 20-mm paulownia chest. Additionally, the entire surface of the body panel is meticulously finished with a special plane to create a beautifully curved surface.
Another feature of the Doumaru is the bending process called "Hachimaki," which is applied to the top and bottom panels of the main body. Azuma employs a traditional technique of bending wood using hot water, which is said to be a highlight of Doumaru craftsmanship. The drawers and doors have keyholes and can be locked (hidden keys are provided for the lined drawers). The keyhole is engraved with the family crest specified by the customer. A hidden safe is included as standard. Furthermore, for the top-tier models, we also produce chests with a paulownia wood with straight grain and low distortion called "Masa" that is over 2 m in length.


Solid Paulownia Chest, Doumaru type Three-Piece Sho Chest

The Sho chest is a model in which all the lower sections below the sliding doors are composed of drawers. It is commonly used for tall paulownia chests and higher-grade paulownia chests. A set consisting of a Traditional chest and a Sho chest is also called a married couple's chest. Three-piece chests consists of three sections stacked on top of each other, which are correspondingly referred to as the lower box, the middle box, and the upper box. Higher-grade paulownia chests, which incorporate many intricate designs, tend to be heavier than ordinary paulownia chests. Therefore, it is common for such chests to be divided into three main sections or pieces.

Solid Paulownia Chest, Doumaru type Two-Piece Traditional Chest

Basically, it is composed of two paulownia chests stacked on top of each other. Generally, the lower chest is referred to as the lower box and the upper chest is referred to as the upper box. This type has become mainstream in the paulownia chest market because it can be separated into two pieces and moved into places where it would not be possible if it were one single unit.

Solid Paulownia Chest, Doumaru type Two-Piece, Seven-Drawer Kosode Chest

While retaining the elegance of the Doumaru, the Seven-Drawer Kosode chest boasts a large-capacity drawer arrangement within a compact main body. Everything, from the main body to the drawers, is made entirely from paulownia wood with straight grain and low distortion called "Masa". So, although the whole chest is composed to two stacked sections, it is made of a single piece of wood from top to bottom, which gives it a very beautiful grain. The three small drawers and the six large drawers, as well as hidden compartments, can all be locked by key. In addition, hidden compartments are also included.

Solid Paulownia Chest, Doumaru type Five-Shaku Chest, "Kaki" Persimmon Tannin Finish

This chest, in the form of Fukutaro Azuma's winning of the Nantan Mayor's Prize at the 26th National Cultural Festival Kyoto 2011 Art Exhibition "Crafts," introduced the world to the new possibilities of Azuma. This model features all-paulownia chestnut with a beautiful persimmon tannin finish and paulownia handles.