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…

Turquoise blue bowls and plates by Yoh-ichi Yajima

Summer in Tokyo can be very hot due to the high humidity as well as the heat and we have invented various ways of cooling down the heat by not only the physical attempt to cool ourselves down but also by the use of visual image and auditory sound for feeling cooler at least. For…

Hanging and stand style stylish wooden mobile by mother tools in Tokyo

There are many hanging mobiles available on the market, but I personally prefer simple ones at home This mobile named “I’m only sleeping” consists of 7 wooden sticks and they slowly move in the air gradually changing the shapes.    The movement is so smooth and calming, so it seems like you can hear it is…

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 annual growth ring of cypress wood lunch box from Ehime

There are numerous number of lunch boxes are available in Japan and they are made of various materials like plastics, metals, wood etc. Wooden lunch boxes are, however, getting more popular lately because they are attractive  and they also visually stimulate your taste buds. There are also various types of wooden lunch boxes, but this…

Sento public baths in Tokyo.

In the past, many houses in Japan were not equipped with bath facilities, so sento (public bath) was a place where the locals could go to wash themselves, soak in a tub and socialize with neighbors. Nowadays most households have their own bath facilities at their own home, so the number of those traditional sento…

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…

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…