The Naya stool has been named so as it was crafted in a barn in a mountain region in Okayama prefecture in 1974 by Isao Komatsu. He did so at first as he needed a working stool, when he made the Bicchu Kagura wooden mask. He had just retired as an elementary teacher and over the next 26 years he used his natural talent intensively for this difficult way of wood cutting his wooden mask that originates from Shinto ritual to pray for a good harvest, family safety and fortune were used locally by many families in the traditional way by placing them near the entrance to their houses.



Naya House in Okayama

The Naya stool was somehow forgotten and spent two decades on the second floor at the barn and it was first in 2020 it was found among lots of lumber used for wooden masks.