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,…

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…

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…

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…

Tax Free shopping at MA by So Shi Te

We are glad to announce that MA by So Shi Te has joined Tax Free Shop of Japan! You have to bring your passport with you when you purchase tax free and the total amount of the purchase must exceed 5,000yen. We are located only 1min. walk from Ginza line Gaienmae station. The detail map…