Japanese kitchen tansu or mizuya dansu were traditionally used to store kitchen utensils, food, tea wares and supplies. Kitchen tansu are perhaps the most varied and versatile of all Japanese furniture. They typically feature drawers of all sizes and shapes as well as multiple cabinets, frequently with different designs on each. Japanese kitchen tansu or mizuya also combine some of the most prized types of wood from Japan, including keyaki (zelcova), cypress, cedar, persimmon and chestnut.
In addition, because kitchen tansu almost always come in two sections, they can be displayed in a number of different ways, such as side-by-side or with the top section mounted on the wall above the bottom to provide a sideboard or buffet option. Today, Japanese kitchen tansu make a striking statement in any room of the modern home.