Japanese clothing tansu (issho-dansu), with large drawers, are similar to Western clothing chests. Many Japanese tansu, however, were constructed in two, or even three parts (kasane-dansu), to be easier to move about.
Shop tansu (choba-dansu) were usually built very sturdy, with many small drawers, and often with a large compartment behind sliders for storing account books. Many tansu also provide a safe for valuables.
Tansu chests often have heavy, ornate metalwork which, combined with simple cabinetry designs, creates a strong, simple, refined style that works very well with all types of interiors. The quality of workmanship, variety of materials, simple beauty, and the range of styles from regions all across Japan make tansu very engaging both for collectors and for home decor.