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…

Hakata magemono or wappa from Fukuoka 博多曲物 玉樹

 Hakata magemono is a traditional crafts from Fukuoka, Japan. Magemono (曲げ物)literally means ‘Bent thing’ and it is generally made with Japanese cedar. Me on the left and Ms. Tamaki Shibata, who is the principal craftswoman, in the middle. As far as I know she is the only female craftswoman who makes this type of crafts…

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…

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…

Spirited young talented ceramic artist, Ms. Tomoko Takahashi

Ms. Tomoko Takahashi (高橋朋子)was born in Hokkaido, where is an island in the northernmost part of Japan and then she later graduated from a University in the southernmost part of Japan called Okinawa. She now lives in Chiba, which is only about an hour train journey from Tokyo. Her ceramic style has constantly been changing…

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…

Beautiful little porcelain containers by Mr. Shinya Taniguchi

Mr. Shinya Taniguchi is my favorite potter, who is based in Kyoto. His creations are very simple and it is hard to differenciate them from those mass produced products, because they have perfectly been made by his intricated technic. This container is simple with blue lines on the lid. He does not use any mould…