The cheery mt factory tour bus // staff wore shirts with tape prints on it // ceiling decorated with delightful tapes
The factory is about 20mins away from the station, and from the exterior of the factory area, one would never guess such colorful tapes which are so popular worldwide are being made in those dingy-looking buildings.
When we arrived, we’re welcomed by mt goodie bags filled with limited edition tapes, a map of the area, and a map of central Kurashiki. Photography wasn’t allowed inside the factory, but I took the picture above by mistake. ;p The Kamoi Kakoshi company started out by manufacturing fly papers (strong paper tapes to trap flies) in 1923, which then led to the development of masking tapes, to now the first company that uses washi (rice paper) for its products. We saw lots and lots of uncut tape lined up, and there was also huge 2km rolls waiting to be rolled into smaller ones. The factory tour took about just 30 minutes – we saw the cutting and packing processes, and the staff lockers and workstations were all covered in mt tapes! You can read a little about the manufacture process here.
After that we were free to roam around the exhibit areas and factory shop.
The original fly paper-making machine
mini covered in tape!
bike covered in tape too!
They had memorabilia of the company’s history, and panels of limited edition tapes over the years.
A special 尻尾ノ森 (shippo no mori; forest of tails) tape installation by 淺井裕介. Crazy tape running over everywhere and visitors are allowed to add on to the installation by making their own designs in designated areas.
Armed with the carefully decorated shopping boxes, I wasted no time in choosing more tapes to add to my collection! There were so many tapes and people were just grabbing and putting them into their boxes without thinking. There were both limited edition and normal tapes, tape sets, mt tape storage boxes, mt tape book/catalog, stickers, and mt casa products were on sale too! The little houses you see are decorated with mt casa tapes. My haul is pretty modest, I spent just about 6000yen in total. I saw this lady paying for almost 20,000yen worth of tapes at the counter!
Lastly, visitors were free to use the special workstation where tons of tape were available for use. They provided boxes and tags for you to decorate. Everyone got busy taping everything in sight, and I spotted some ladies whip out their notebooks to stick tape onto the pages to bring home! (these tapes peel off easily without damaging the surface area so they’re very reusable)
Now for the tape goodness! I had to carry them all around while I was shopping around in the Mitsui outlet park (heaven!), and I was afraid that I might forget my shopping bag or something.
Factory tour limited tapes – so cute!
Gift tags and my paper bag which I decorated at the tour
Major love for the stickers and mt seals which will be perfect for my scrap-booking/art journaling! My favorite tapes are the shiny geometric and scale ones, and also the limited edition mt English news design – which surprisingly is written in perfect English! The last picture shows a yet-to-be-released mt for kids tapes, which comes in 4 designs (I don’t know why I didn’t get the red box one T_T). They will go on sale on 11 June.
Special factory tour edition giveaway!
I’m giving away some goodies from the mt factory tour! The winner will receive the mt goodie bag tote, 2 tapes (1 is a limited edition dress-making design, the other is lavender polka-dots), an mt casa debut leaflet, and a gift tag decorated by me!
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me:
1. What you love most about mt tapes
2. Your name & a valid email address
This giveaway is open to everyone, and will close on 6 June 2012, Wednesday. Have fun!
This giveaway has ended.