JAPAN's top artisan

Kotaro Morita

“It was my desire to build a stylus that produces true sound coming from the
cantilever made of special carved natural wood”

Kotaro Morita, has truly been a “reticent” craftsman for the past half century,
the day since he started the service in JICO.
The intention of his product is to recognize the brand under his “name” with
the belief in purpose to send and express Kotaro Morita’s spirit, technology,
and achievements to future generations.

“Morita stylus has brought a level of refinement and reinvigorating vibe to
the analog world and MM enthusiasms” – A.E

“Using this stylus has eliminated the need to have different cartridges and
needle combinations for different kinds of music” – E.N

 

Meet Our Executive Chef

黒柿 KUROGAKI 牛殺 USHIKOROSHI

In November 2019, Kotaro has introduced his first designed stylus
using ‘black’ persimmon wood, which we call it “KUROGAKI”. 
This plant grows in colder region and normally the fruits are harvested
in October.  Upon cutting down the tree, the black stripes are widely
visible on astringent persimmons but there are no specific reasons
behind this. It is believed that black stripes appear on heartwood,
which some parts contingently dye in pitch black.   
Ever since it was used in the masterpiece of carpentry for Shosoin
(the treasure house that belongs to Todaiji temple in Nara prefecture),
this Kurogaki has been prized as “high-standard noble wood” and also
been used in Togu Palace (known as prince’s residence).
After several months, Kotaro introduced new model, “USHIKOROSHI”;
formally and commonly known as Christmas berry but also having
devastating name, which can simply translated as “OX KILLER”. 
The name is derived from a theory where ancient farmers used this
wood for nose ring to cow or as it may sound cruel, they used this to
slaughter cows.  The wood itself is indeed very strong and stif and
we limit the materials that have been seleceted by connoisseur of wood
which have been natrually dried over for 5 years. 

 

黒柿(KUROGAKI  Diospyros Kaki

Also known as black persimmon wood, an extreme rare wood that is difficult to find as it looks just the same as any other ordinary persimmon trees.  In many cases, the market “accidentally” find the tree after carving, but many people refuse to purchase them as it is difficult to store and keep them in best quality.  Scientifically, it is not proven why the wood become pitch black since the black wood is only been discovered from trees over age of 150 years and it can be imagined that it takes at least 100 years for the “Black pattern” to appear.  Thus, it is difficult for researchers to continue and accomplish during their life span.  Furthermore, the ratio to discover this black wood is 1 in 10,000.

 

 

 

鎌柄(KAMATSUKA  Pourthiaea villosa

aka Ushikoroshi (牛殺), which can simply translated as OX KILLER, derived from a theory where ancient farmers used this wood to produce nose ring for cows or as it may sounds cruel, they used them to kill cows.  The wood itself is very strong and stiff and we limit the materials that have been selected by connoisseur of wood which have been naturally dried over for 5 years.

 

Prices for Kurogaki & Ushigoroshi

N44 Series : 100 USD(ex. tax)

VN35 Series : 100 USD(ex. tax)

VN45 Series : 120 USD(ex. tax)

VN5 Series : 120 USD(ex. tax)

VN5x Series : 120 USD(ex. tax)

Tracking force and compatible cartridge

N44 Series 1.5〜3.0g  /  M44G, M44-760 cartridge

VN35 Series 0.75〜1.25g  /  V15 TYPE III cartridge

VN45 Series 0.75〜1.25g  /  V15 TYPE IV cartridge

VN5 Series 0.75〜1.25g  /  V15 TYPE V cartridge

VN5x Series 0.75〜1.25g  /  V15 TYPE VxMR cartridge

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