The Tsuchiya Randoseru (ランドセル) is one of Japan’s most respected names in leather goods. For more than 50 years, the Tsuchiya Bag Co., Ltd has meticulously handcrafted high quality, original randoseru. In 2015, to mark its fiftieth anniversary, the company launched a collection of randoseru for working adults – the Otona Randsel
Randoseru, which comes from the Dutch word “ransel,” are large, sturdy backpacks Japanese children use from age 6 – the first year of elementary school – through sixth grade. Traditionally, grandparents purchase the randoseru when the child enters elementary school – a milestone for many kids in Japan as compulsory education starts from elementary school.
Tsuchiya Randoseru are bags built to last. There are about 300 steps to creating one which is why they are only sold on order. They have strong padded straps, and are known for their pillowy-cushioned back panel. The panel is stitched with a U-shaped indentation which creates a breathing space preventing the buildup of heat. The bags are comfortable, sturdy and spacious, and keeps its shape after 6 years of hard wear. They are also well-designed with different hooks and compartments enabling kids to find their items quickly and easily.
I stopped in the Nakameguro location which has on display a nice selection of randoseru and children`s desks. They also offer free craft workshops for children up to 6 years of age. Call or Sign up at the store to create a watch this month or your very own coin purse in March.
2018 Tsuchiya Randoseru orders will be taken in June 2017 for September 2017 (early delivery) or March 2018 delivery. Prices range from 56,000 JPY to 105,000 JPY including consumption tax.
Tsuchiya Randoseru Details:
Address: 3-19-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (東京都目黒区青葉台3-19-8)
Hours: 11:00 – 18:00 Wednesday – Monday. Closed Tuesday. If Tuesday is a holiday they will open and close on Wednesday.
Access: 12 minutes from Nakameguro Station
Tsuchiya Randoseru – One of Japan`s Most Respected Names in Leather Goods
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