Japanese crafts at criminal prices

Japanese crafts at criminal prices

Japanese prisoners pass their time by crafting traditional Japanese goods. An innovative program lets you get a piece of the action
Japanese crafts
Japanese crafts
Japanese tansu chests at unbelievably low prices: The Japanese criminal system works for you!

Sick of everything these days being 'made in China'? Visit the CAPIC retail chain where all Japanese crafts are 'made by Japanese prisoners.'

CAPIC -- Correctional Association Prison Industry Cooperation -- sells extremely affordable, high-quality Japanese crafts made by prisoners. Folk crafts are a CAPIC specialty, with a wide variety of Japanese tansu chests, miniature Japanese animals and wabi-sabi pottery. For the kitchen-friendly gangster in the family there are traditional aprons with the word 'PRISON' emblazoned in both English and kanji (¥1,030).

Excluding the PRISON-garb, most of the Japanese crafts and other CAPIC items are available elsewhere in the city, but no one can compete with CAPIC on price. Sorry, ¥100 shop: soulful ceramic cups at CAPIC sell for ¥70. Sumimasen, IKEA: handsome dressers made out of solid wood rather than assembly line particle board cost only ¥26,000.

Yes, the craftsmen in question may be grand larcenists or worse, but if you're worried that your purchase may actually lead to the personal profit of criminals, note that a portion of earnings go to support groups for the victims of crimes.

CAPIC locations are scattered around Tokyo, with showrooms in Nakano, Fuchu and Yokohama. CAPIC also has Japanese crafts and other goods at its online store at http://www.e-capic.com.

CAPIC Nakano Showroom: 3-37-2 Arai, Nakano-ku (13 minutes by foot from Nakano Station), tel. 03 3319 0677, 9:30am-5pm, closed Sun, cash and credit card