A serendipitous visit to Koishiwara in November 2017 (few months after torrential rain and mudslides destroyed the village), inspired the direction of Taketombo and established our bond with the local potters and other artisans. Japan's craft culture stretches far beyond what you see in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Since then, TKTB travels throughout Japan to explore many forgotten towns and deep-dive into various traditional craft culture. The many journeys have led to our connections with many amazing artisans, old and young, relentlessly working towards a common goal: to continue the humble legacy and pave new future for Japanese crafts.
To showcase and give access to artisans' work, we established GOENNE. The dedication to sustain family heritage, the pride in utilitarian craftsmanship, embracing what nature endows; these become the basis of curation for Goenne.
Our journey continues. We hope to build special connection between the Makers and enthusiastic Users with the special objects we found.
Serendipity will lead the way.
Mikki Tam is a Creative professional in brand design and interior architecture. Since 1999, she practiced in LA, NY, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo with diverse international creative experience and insights.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and Master of Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) specialising in Architecture Adaptive Reuse and User-centric design.
With 20 years experience leading Art Direction, Branding and Retail Design projects, critical thinking, Design-thinking and user-experience remain key principles in her practices. Mikki worked with global brands and Fortune 500 companies including Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Nokia and Citibank. She also guest lecture and critique at design universities, on Creative Entrepreneurship and Adaptive Reuse Design.
Arts and crafts is her life-long passion where she would always find time to support and participate. She has been a novice and an advocate in Japanese ceramics and kintsugi since her relocation to Tokyo in 2016.
While in Tokyo, she gained insights from extensive travel throughout Japan. Her interactions with Japanese artisans in the historic towns she visited has inspired the founding of award-winning social innovation enterprise, Taketombo Corporation & Goenne.com, driving social impact through creativity.
Mario (the car) has been her traveling companion covering over 6000km (and counting..) of road trips throughout the country.