La beauté, aux couleurs du Japon

This series was born during a tour in Kyoto where the designers were deeply inspired by the atmosphere of serenity surrounding Buddhist temples. Developed around the theme of the exquisite aesthetic sensibility possessed by the Japanese people, the design of this series draws its inspiration from fundamental elements of Japanese culture, such as five traditional colors passed down from ancient times in Japan, as well as tsuchime (a pattern realized by hammering a metal surface) and kumiko (latticework) patterns.


Craftsmanship supported by 110 years of traditional skills

All products of the JAPONISM sense series are manufactured in Sabae in Fukui prefecture, which is famous throughout the world for its production of eyeglass frames. The finishing process is performed manually by experienced craftspeople with the help of cutting-edge machinery. The frames are carefully polished using artisanal techniques that have been used for more than 110 years. The resulting high quality and delicacy can be easily seen and felt when touching the product. Thanks to our production processes that combine traditional and modern techniques, our eyeglasses are both innovative and excellent in terms of design, quality, and beauty.

Manufacturing a pair of JAPONISM sense eyeglasses requires more than 5 months and 400 operations. The majority of these operations are performed manually by craftspeople with dozens of years of experience. The manufacture of our frames requires a great deal of effort, time and dedication. The eyeglasses that are produced are the quintessence of craftsmanship.


Importance given to colors

We selected five hues from all of the superb traditional colors born in Japan. These are all original colors that were composed specially for our eyeglasses. The name of the series, sense, is made from the first letter of the name of each color: S of Shikkoku, E of Enji, N of Noshimehanairo, S of Sabitetsuonando, and E of Ebicha.

5 couleurs traditionnelles

S pour Shikkoku

A black with deep luster similar to that of lacquerware. This pure black can be seen as the opposite of ‘stark white.’
The term, ‘Shikkoku,’ is used to describe the darkest black, and is employed by contemporary authors to emotionally express the color of darkness, of hair, or of the eyes.

E pour Enji

Originally, this word was used for a blackish and bright scarlet pigment from ancient China. The ‘en’ in Enji came from the name of the former Yan state of China, while the ‘ji’ was the red color used in cosmetics. Although this color has long been used as a pigment, its use as a dye is surprisingly more recent, since it was only popularized after the development of chemical dyes in the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912).

N pour Noshimehanairo

A grayish dark blue. Originally, this word was used for kosode (a type of kimono with small sleeve openings) made with a plain weave fabric with a striped or checkboard pattern called noshime. Noshimehanairo looks more like dark indigo than the sky blue color usuhanairo that was loved by the famous Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Danjuro V.

S pour Sabitetsuonando

A greenish dark and dull blue. During the Edo period (1603–1868), the onando color was one of the most popular hues of indigo. The name of this color comes from nando, the dark cellar of Japanese traditional houses. “Sabitetsu” does mean “rusted iron” here, which is the literal translation, but is used to describe the nuance of the color.

E pour Ebicha

A grayish dark red. This color is similar to the ebiiro red, with a tinge of brown. It is named from the Ise-ebi spiny lobster, which is known in Japan for bringing luck. This color has been widely used, since it was fashionable to wear a hakama of this color during the middle and late Meiji period.


Metal surface treatment

In order to conserve the properties of the metal, its thinness and lightness, we employ a technique through which the color is applied on the coating to reproduce the colors of Japan. After numerous adjustments by surface treatment professionals, we were able to reproduce the depth of five of the traditional Japanese colors.

Motifs tsuchime

A shape employed for the extremities of temples that reproduces the tsuchime pattern. *Tsuchime: a pattern made of multiple eyes realized by hitting a metal surface with a hammer.


01 漆黒 Shikkoku / Deep Black

02 臙脂 Enji / Burgundy

03 熨斗目花色 Noshimehanairo / Graysh Navy

04 錆鉄御納戸 Sabitetsuonando / Dark Teal

05 海老茶 Ebicha / Dusky Reddish Brown

Titanium / Beta Titanium  49□19-137


JAPONISM sense is a Japanese-made eyewear brand that was launched in spring 2014. The brand has developed a collection that combines traditional craftsmanship and contemporary sensibility. Since the autumn-winter 2016 collection, it has included designs that are inspired by the colors of Japan.


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