As I described on my earlier blog, the Japanese traditional roofs are decorated with those tiles which have some meanings to them, like preventing fire, keeping away bad spirits, bringing good fortune to the house etc.
We have, however, been gradually losing the traditional roof tile culture due to the westernization of our life style by replacing the old wooden houses with modern concrete buildings.
As we lose our traditional culture, those people who have been involved with making these traditional products suffer significantly affecting their life adversely and unable to continue their career due to the lack of demands.
Once those tradition is lost from our culture, it is very unlikely that we retain that lost culture, so we are likely to eternally lose that culture and we will never be able to regain the loss.
What I believe is that we should do something before it is going to be too late and to retain that our dying tradition, we have to support those people who are in that industry. One way and the easiest way of supporting them is to keep consuming their products.
The roof tiles can be decorative features of our home and we can put them on the shelfs or gardens and balconies.
Shouki (鍾馗) is god of preventing infectious disease and keeping away bad spirits from your home.
This large size Shouki is 31cm in hight and they are generally put up on a roof, so they can be put outside in your garden etc. There is even a hole to keep it in the position.
This medium sized Shouki is 24cm tall. (12,000yen+tax)
The smallest one is 15cm. (6,000yen+tax)
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
Please choose the Shouki you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.
If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062