What distinguishes a mass-produced instrument from a boutique bass?
And what’s the difference between a builder who assembles parts and one who is an artisan on a never-ending quest to master his craft?
A simplistic translation of shokunin is, “artisan or craftsman.” The spirit of the word lies deeper. Shokunin is the marriage of art and craftsmanship where form and function are in perfect harmony. The shokunin seeks to continually improve and only competes with himself. His craft defines who he is.