Hanayama Katsuno puzzles in Tokyo

Hanayama is a famous Japanese puzzle game manufacturer and their products have been sold worldwide. I personally found Katsuno puzzles interesting because they stimulate brain activities as you play with these toys. They have several Katsuno puzzles (Katsuno literally means activating brain) , but I am particularly interested in Lucky cube and Double cube puzzles,…

Hanging and stand style stylish wooden mobile by mother tools in Tokyo

There are many hanging mobiles available on the market, but I personally prefer simple ones at home This mobile named “I’m only sleeping” consists of 7 wooden sticks and they slowly move in the air gradually changing the shapes.    The movement is so smooth and calming, so it seems like you can hear it is…

Sakura pink series by Mr. Nobuaki Honda 本田伸明

Mr. Nobuaki Honda (本田伸明) is a potter from Okinawa prefecture of Japan and his blue silhouette series have been popular at my store. He recently introduced the new Sakura Pink series. When sakura is painted, it is often colored with bright pink, but Someiyoshino (染井吉野) sakura tree, which is the most popular type of sakura in Japan,…

Beautiful annual growth ring of cypress wood lunch box from Ehime

There are numerous number of lunch boxes are available in Japan and they are made of various materials like plastics, metals, wood etc. Wooden lunch boxes are, however, getting more popular lately because they are attractive  and they also visually stimulate your taste buds. There are also various types of wooden lunch boxes, but this…

Sento public baths in Tokyo.

In the past, many houses in Japan were not equipped with bath facilities, so sento (public bath) was a place where the locals could go to wash themselves, soak in a tub and socialize with neighbors. Nowadays most households have their own bath facilities at their own home, so the number of those traditional sento…

Beautiful lace glass works by Mr. Taichi Itou

Mr. Ito was born in 1975 in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. When he was 18, he moved to the USA, where he originally studied pottery. He, then, moved onto the study of glass art. He moved back to Japan in 1999 and he eventually set up his own workshop in 2004 in Yamaguchi prefecture. His works…

Simple and modern yosegi parquetry business card holder and hand mirror

Yosegi marquetry in Hakone is usually made with very thinly sliced marquetry sheets, which are glued to the surfaces of boxes, photo frames and trays etc. The advantage of using the sheet is that they can produce a large amount of the same designed products at the same time. There are, however, several craftsmen who…

Hand painted Yuzen kimono fan from Kyoto

Kyoto has a long history of producing Kimono, which is a Japanese traditional clothes, and Yuzen is one technique used for dyeing the kimono fabrics. Hand painted dyeing Yuzen is all painted by hand and it is almost like a piece of art. The base bamboo fan is made in Marukame city, where is famous…

Ornamental bodhisattva statues or bosatsu of Japan for sale in Tokyo

Ornamental bodhisattva statues have been becoming popular these days providing peace of mind to wide variety of people in this stressful life. Their faces look so peaceful so that they will give you comfort and strength. They come in two different sizes and you can actually take a closer look at my store in Tokyo….

Echizen Washi Handcrafted durable paper Eico bags

  Echizen city, where has over 1,500 year history of handcrafted washi paper, is located in Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry (kōzo) bush.   Washi is generally tougher than ordinary modern paper made from…