Winter holiday in Nagano

Happy belated new year!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful winter holiday! My shop generally opens 7 days a week, so I do now have any fixed holidays except the few days summer and winter holidays. New year season in Japan is like a christmas in the west, so many shops are closed…

Hara Souemon wax casting craftsman from Niigata (原惣右ェ門)

Lost wax casting is the process by which a metal object is casted from a duplicated object made with wax and this technique can be found in other countries too. The history of the lost wax casting in Niigata (新潟) began about 670 years ago, when the craftsmen were invited to Okubo (大久保) area in…

Koishiwara pottery from Fukuoka prefecture by Mr. Hidemi Hayakawa

Fukuoka prefecture is located in Kyushu island, where is south of mainland of Japan. It is  about 1 hour and 30 minutes flight from Tokyo to visit there. Kyushu island itself is very interesting place with lots of areas to visit and they also have their own unique cultures with interesting food etc. You will need at…

Stunningly beautiful silver coated potteries by Mr. Ryosuke Ando.

They look like carved wooden plates, but they are actually pottery with silver coated on the surfaces. Mr. Ryosuke Ando was born in 1980 and is from Aichi prefecture Japan. His works are meticulously designed, so that they are almost like art pieces, but they can, of course, be used as plates. These round plates…

Black & Brown Bizen pottery by Mr. Kazuto Ooe

Bizen, which is originally from Okayama prefecture, is one of the oldest forms of pottery in Japan, although Mr. Ooe settled in Kanto region close to Tokyo. Bizen is often characterized by its masculine appearances with the  unglazed rough surfaces and its rather uneven shapes. The works by Mr. Ooe, on the other hand, have…

Magnetic wooden little vase “Ichirinzashi” 花壁

This magnetic wooden little vase is the most popular product amongst other items and over 2,000 of them have already been sold from my store. The reason for its popularity is that the wooden vase can be put on a wall on a drawing pin, which comes with the vase. The magnet is really strong so that it…

Traveling with Sunrise Izumo overnight train to Shimane prefecture.

I can take only two long holidays every year; one of them is summer holiday and the other one is a new year holiday. Summer holiday generally involves visits to craftsmen, so I visited a potter in Shimane prefecture this year. Although my main purpose of visiting Shimane was visiting the potter, I continued my journey…

Notice of summer holiday

I’m taking a late summer holiday from 21st till 24th. The shop will open for business as usual from 25th.   I’m now taking an overnight train called Sunrise Izumo and am heading to Shimane. The train left the Tokyo station at 22:00 and will arrive Izumo station at around 10:00, so it’s about 12…

Meiji Memorial Gallery and Ginkgo tree street in Aoyama

Aoyama, where my shop is located, is very different from other parts of touristy area in Tokyo. Asakusa, Ginza and Shibuya are top 3 destinations for anyone visiting Tokyo, but these touristy areas are generally packed with many people and you can easily get tired of walking around in that crowd. Aoyama, on the other…

Go up to the Tokyo Tower Observatory by using stairs.

There are two stand alone communication towers in Tokyo; one is Tokyo Tower, which is a kind of replica of Eiffel tower and it is the hight of 333m. Another one is Tokyo Skytree and the hight is 634m. Since the Tokyo Skytree appeared in Tokyo, the older counterpart; Tokyo Tower, has sadly been hidden…

Hokkaido and Takahashi-Kougei 高橋工芸

  Takahashi kougei (高橋工芸)is specializing in producing thinly carved wooden cups, plates and bowls. When I met them about 10 years ago, not many people showed any interests to their products, but their products gradually became famous both domestically and internationally and they are now sold in various countries. They use woods cut from the…