Cast iron Hamon design wall ornament

History of Takaoka copper works Takaoka douki (copper works) started when a Kaga daimyo, Toshinaga MAEDA(1562-1614), summoned seven casters to the Kanaya-machi of Takaoka City to promote the area’s prosperity in 1611 (Keicho 16). At first, it started as art and craft work presented to the feudal lord. It, then, became widely popular in and…

New arrival of Iwamiyaki pottery from Shimane prefecture 雪舟窯

It’s been a while since I posted my last article and it is already autumn in Japan! There is a famous street in this Aoyama area called Ginkgo tree street (神宮外苑いちょう並木), which is about 1 minute walk from my store, and this street is famous for beautiful autumn color from late November till early December. The…

Kumiki wooden 3D puzzles 組木立体パズル

Hakone yosegi himitsubako puzzle boxes are popular souvenirs from Japan, but for those who like wooden puzzles, you might also find these Kumiki wooden 3D puzzles from Hokkaido interesting. There are two types of these wooden 3D Kumiki puzzles; 6 sticks version and 12 sticks version. This is 12 sticks version. There are 12 cut…

Notice of summer holiday in 2017

MA by So Shi Te will be closed from 3rd till 7th of September 2017. We will open for business as usual from 8th (I am intending to open the store from 1PM on 7th as well though). This is my first holiday in this year (I usually do not take any fixed holidays, so…

Beautiful pottery of Mr. Kouichi Mizuno 水野幸一さんの陶器

There are numerous number of potters and ceramic artists in Japan, and some of them are internationally renowned craftsmen. My work is to find those craftsmen who have not yet been internationally remarked and introduce them to the rest of the world. So many craftsmen in Japan end their lives without being recognized internationally, although their…

New arrivals of Mr. Ryosuke Ando pottery

It has been getting hot lately in Tokyo of around 30 degree C. It is almost like Summer, but rainy season starts pretty soon, which lasts for about a month until Mid July followed by real hot Summer soon after. Summer in Japan is, as you may now, very hot with high humidity of around…

Japanese auspicious omen motifs chopsticks rest 吉祥紋様の箸置き

Chopsticks rests are used to lift the pointing area of the chopsticks to avoid the direct contact with the table. These chopsticks rests come in various sizes, shapes and designs, so some people enjoy collecting them and use them at different occasions possibly depending on the seasons and guests etc. Some of them are very cute…