Takumi At Lexus
Rooted in the idea that even the smallest detail can drive innovation, the Takumi spirit has been at the core of the Lexus brand for over 30 years. From the precision stitching on the leather seats to the intricately laser-etched interior finishes, Lexus Takumi masters apply their skills to every aspect of Lexus design and development.
Similar to Takumi at Lexus, Hawaii has Takumi of its own. We are honored to showcase three Hawaii artisans who through their pursuit of excellence, have pushed the boundaries of what is possible.
Designed to surprise and delight, every Lexus is built around the idea of sincere hospitality. “Omotenashi,” as the Japanese call it, is a desire to serve guests with a pure heart, where no task is too small if it results in a perfect guest experience.
Mark and Soni Pomaski of Hilo, understand the tradition of omotenashi. At their restaurant Moon and Turtle, they treat their guests to intricately crafted dishes, unique cocktails inspired by the seasons, and gracious service that anticipates every guest’s needs.
For Mark, and Lexus' Takumi masters, the tiniest details matter in the relentless pursuit of perfection.
With hand-sewn precision, the upholstery work in a Lexus is breathtaking. Stitched with uncompromising quality, the timeless beauty of traditional craftsmanship is united with cutting edge technology to fashion luxuriously appointed interiors.
At Salty Western, leathersmith Taira Barron knows what can be accomplished with masterful hands. Half surfer, half paniolo, she painstakingly works pieces of fine leather using simple hand tools to create enduring works of fashion and function.
With one foot in the present and one in the past, Taira and Lexus’s takumi masters perpetuate the artisan traditions, reimagining their craft for a modern world.
Like a finely tuned instrument, a Lexus is a thing of beauty. Every sound in the vehicle, from the Mark Levinson audio system to the velvety growl of the engine, has been meticulously engineered and refined.
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukro knows all about the perfection of sound. From his fingertips spring magical notes and pulsating beats, showcasing a versatility and range that is unmatched.
Through their deep knowledge and respect for their craft, Jake and Lexus takumi masters, reshape the way we hear and experience the world around us.
Viewed as guardians of Japanese artisan philosophy, “Takumi” is a title given to those who have mastered their craft through unwavering dedication. Becoming a Takumi doesn’t take years, it takes decades.
The essence of Takumi is to gain a deep understanding of a specific artform, so much so that subtle differences unseen by others, are recognized, studied and mastered.