Minamoto means ‘origin‘ in Japanese. Sabae, located in the Fukui prefecture, is the birthplace of the Japanese eyewear industry and also our own origin.
A long tradition of craftsmanship is kept alive in the prefecture, from lacquerware to the manufacture of washi paper and eyewear production.
Every one of our glasses embodies this history and translates it into our time using the best of modern craftsmanship.
THE ORIGIN OF THE ORIGINAL.
Not only is our logo handmade by a calligraphy master, our eyewear also follows the tradition of craftsmanship. Japanese precision and quality testify to our unique dedication in the production of our eyewear.
We use both modern and traditional methods in the manufacturing process and focus on achieving the finest result. This true authenticity is a unique assertion that only we can make.
For the Original.
Our passion for original things doesn‘t end with our eyewear. It also manifests itself in the case, which is crafted from handmade washi paper. Our team members spent many months searching for the right manufacturer for our cases – and discovered a family business dedicated to the craft of washi paper making. These master producers completely understand the Minamoto ethos and, just as each pair of glasses is an original, so is each case; constructed from handmade washi paper.