Iwatemo series Handcrafts from Iwate Japan with Harri Koskinen design

  Iwate is located in the north of mainland Japan and there are still many craftsmen living in that area. That area is especially famous for sand casting products called Nanbu-tekki (南部鉄器).   Internationally renowned Finnish designer, Mr. Harri Koskinen, collaborated with a company in Iwate to create new products from the local crafts. The Iwatemo project started in 2016 from the research…

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 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…

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…

Ando Ryosuke Carved White Porcelain with gold and silver

I personally love his beautiful porcelain, which is simple but intricate. He does not use mold for these carving series, so each of them has slightly different shapes and that is what makes his works so special about. These are small palm size vases, which we call Ichirin-zashi (which literally means a vase for a…

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…