Category Archives: traditional japan

How to make green tea even more Japanese.

Well the simple answer to that is the following: You fill a small bag with high quality green tea leaves from Japan’s “tea prefecture” Shizuoka, connect a string to it and instead of the usual squarish label at the end, you connect a paper laser cutout of a traditional Japanese figure.

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Due to some nifty cutting, you’re figure won’t drown in the tea.

There is a description of each figure in Japanese and English on the package.

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The designer of these teabags recommends you to use the cutouts as decoration, for example next to a light switch or behind a lamp shade….like I said, nifty.

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They are unfortunately completely sold out at the moment, but new stock is on its way!

The package contains 6 teabags with high quality green tea and costs  1080 yen.

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Kiss+Ukiyo-E project=total awesomeness

“The true beauty and purpose of this traditional art form is brought back to life, as a new Ukiyo-e piece by skilled craftsmen (Illustrator • Wood Carver • Hand Printer) who have passed down the original techniques to subsequent generations for over 400 years.”

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Creating these wood prints is an 8 month process

True Japan lovers and art lovers don’t have to be informed in the beauty and skill of Ukiyo-e, the 400 year old Japanese Traditional Woodblock Print art.

This time they partnered up with U.S.-based Epic Rights, the global brand management firm for KISS to create the best looking Ukiyo-e yet…KISS has some kind of Kabuki presence due to their make up and facial expressions (think long tongue), which makes them the perfect models.

They have created 3 unique pieces for the “international” market (which in this case means the USA and Japan) , with two pieces coming in “autographed”(by the band) and not “autographed”.

1-The artwork shows a battle scene of MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright and colorful armor, versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster.

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MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs. KISS Ukiyo-e  $1,250.00

2-KISS Kabuki Ukiyo-e. This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e art. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi(47 Ronin), a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The color inside Hauberk expresses each member of the band.
The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.

$1,250.00 or  $2,500.00 for the autographed piece

Autographed KISS Kabuki

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3-KISS Monstrous Ukiyo-e. The members of the band are transformed into monsters and samurai. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the big head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster)’, which stands for cat monster just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke’ a monster with the Buddha face. Paul Stanley is the warrior who fights these creatures and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape from his persona name ‘Star Child’.
Pentagram is his signature but hexagram on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.

$1,250.00 or  $2,500.00 for the autographed piece

Autographed KISS Monstrous

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For the Japanese only(KISS fan club) market they have one more….

4-KISS Ukiyo ERI “Ukiyo Sui

KISS浮世絵 『浮世粋男接吻四人衆之内宝琉須丹礼』 【サイン入り】

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KISS浮世絵 『浮世粋男接吻四人衆之内宝琉須丹礼』 【サイン入り】KISS浮世絵 『浮世粋男接吻四人衆之内宝琉須丹礼』 【サイン入り】KISS浮世絵 『浮世粋男接吻四人衆之内宝琉須丹礼』 【サイン入り】

The prices in Japanese yen are 108,000 yen and 237,600, which is 966,- and 2,127 dollars give or take at the present exchange rate, which means that they charge you $250 dollars for packaging, shipping and import duty(which is included in the price). If we order yours we will receive the print in the same packaging but we’ll give you the luxury to choose the courier. Folks from other nationalities have no choice than to use us in obtaining these pieces, but you too have the option to choose from several couriers.


Each print will be limited to 200 pieces!

Estimated delivery: Mid November or Early December of 2015 .

Size: 18.9 x 13.4inches (48 x 34cm)

The Ukiyo-e is Unframed yet, it is presented in a specially designed folio made specifically for the KISS Ukiyo-e series.

Material: Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho” “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi making in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. Made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, which allows the Washi to be very durable. Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. And there’s only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho.


 

All these prints are up for pre order, BUT, you can cancel your order any time during the pre-order period,  Once the items are ready, the buyer will receive a notification email. Once notified, the buyer will have 24 hours to cancel before we process the payment. Once the credit card payment is processed, 5% will be charged for the cancelled order after the 24 hours.

This also counts if you order through us, your payment won’t be touched until you have received your order, this system goes for all our products and we can proudly say that we’ve never let a customer down.

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KISS ARMY T 2,970円

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Stunning line of caps made from real kimono fabrics

Beautiful kimono and obi sashes are transformed into caps in this impressive new range of Japanese streetwear.

After a year in development, Japanese company W@nder Fabric has released a unique lineup of caps made with traditional fabrics sourced from vintage kimono and obi sashes. From beautifully patterned plain fabrics to more colourful, vibrant designs, there are more than 100 styles to choose from.

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▼ Prices range from 8,190 yen (US$72.51) for the “Variation Kimono Cap” design, which features a patterned peak…

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▼ to 9,345 yen for the colourful “Kimono Cap” style

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▼ And 10,290 yen for shiny, top-of the-range “Kimono Obi Cap” designs.

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▼ Even the plain-coloured caps feature gorgeous details which reveal traditional Japanese motifs and patterns.

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The company prides itself on bringing new life to traditional vintage fabrics, saving materials from going to waste by re-using them in a way that appeals to the modern market. The caps are made from unique garments, meaning each pattern or design is only available in limited numbers.

To see the caps on the streets of New York in the company’s ad campaign, head over to the W@nder Fabric website and online store.

While they’re currently delivering within Japan only, the newly established company is seeking overseas buyers to distribute the caps internationally, especially for the US market, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can purchase one of these unique caps in your area, but if you can’t wait…drop us a mail.

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Source: PR Times

Japanese product designers give their own unique spin on common products..

Koncent the site which gave us the earplug dachhunds has a huge variety of common products to which young and veteran Japanese product designers have left their own twist. Some products increase in usability while others just got a visual “upgrade”, but in all case sthere’s a clear improvement over the original products, and you know that’s sometimes all we need..evolution over revolution.

Soil brings us the “COASTER Light“, which are, well, coasters.These coasters however are made out of diatomaceous earth, and paper fiber (Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock) and while diatomaceous earth is often associated with health boosting powers such as the mineral Silica'(diatomaceous earth is composed of approximately 85% silica.), a mineral which is required by  tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. Anyways we don’t recommend you to eat these coasters, they’re far too pretty and pricey for that. What these coasters do, besides looking good, is absorbing liquids on the bottom of your glass and  eventually dry up leaving no mark on the coaster.

circle or square.3,024 yen a piece

 

 

And if you’re a giant, I mean a GIANT then they have bath mats, which normal people use as bathmats, but YOU can use as huge coaster.

Bath mat Large soil diatomaceous earth


 

Ever fancied a dwarf holding your cup? Well your dreams might come true with Kobito(dwarf) cup stands, they can hold your cup in three different positions and well..that’s all, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable.

KOBITO コップ +d アッシュコンセプト
1,620円

KOBITO コップ +d アッシュコンセプト


Now imagine, you had a hard long day, you went from one department store to another, one shop, two shops, three shops, you lost count, you didn’t even have time for a bite, I mean a big sale like this happens only once, maybe twice sometimes three times a year…you HAVE to shop until you drop. You lost your male partner at the second shop and didn’t look back..he’ll be there when you get home…that lovely heavily discounted shirt won’t, if you don’t get it now!

Finally you get home and kick of those fabulous Jimmy Choo boots,  your feet are killing you, Jimmy makes great shoes..for people with perfect feet that is…cat walk models don’t have bunions.. You’re not going to wear those boots for a while, just looking at them make you cringe, but they are pieces of art and therefore they have to be treated like that, so you put these lovely bootkeepers from Sumi Kusa Hana in them. Made out of special non-woven fabrics and filled with particulate charcoal, these bootkeepers will protect your precious boots against humidity and moisture from outside and inside and will keep the leather supple and mold free.They will of course  also eliminate any odor keeping your house smelling sweat free.

 

炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
1,944 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
2,160 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
4,104 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
1,296 yen

 

charcoal  particulate charcoal is used in the leg part.

 

 

 

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One piece of molded charcoal is used for the foot

 

 


How many times haven’t you wished that you had a magnifying glass handy, maybe to read the fine print on a contract, to remove a tiny splinter from your finger or to go all Sherlock Holmes and investigate a crime. Unfortunately though most magnifying glasses aren’t that portable and the ones that are lack any sense of design…meaning that they’ll end up in the bottom of  your bag, never to be found again.

44 year old designer Takeshiakira Baba came up with the Yuki-megane (snow glasses), for the lens he knocked on Nikon’s door and they came up with a lens so clear that you can see the individual snow crystals when you look at snow through these glasses! You can use these glasses with your mobile phone’s camera and use its 8.3 magnifying power to take some wonderful micro snaps.

Snow glasses plus Dee

Made out of aluminum, this lovely snowman shaped magnifying will look good as a pendant or key holder too.

Price: 2,160 yen

 


 

This nostalgic ringing (kling kling klong klong)will sound every time the door opens. Perfect for a home, office or shop that wants to welcome visitors with a warm, gentle clanging that conjures up images of old village life, the Tama Door Chime also looks pretty neat too.

Here’s a sample of the sound:

Tama Door Chime

Tama chime timbre

It can be attached to a door so it jingles when it moves, which then creates the charming metal ringing sound. Made using maple wood from Hokkaido and aluminum from Toyama, the cute bulb-like shape has both a natural feel and a pop color look to it. Attach it to a metal door using the wall magnet included with the set.

price: 4,644 yen

Finally here is a quick list of some other lovely products:

Birdie Paper knife/letter opener

バーディー ペーパーナイフ +d
540 yen

Cupmen

Cupmen noodles
864 yen

One of my pet peeve is that when I make my cup noodles, I never really don’t know how long I have to wait till they’re ready…well this is no longer a problem after I ordered these Cupmen! 

1-You pour hot water in your noodles.

2-You place a cupmen on the top, closing the lid.

3-When his arms turn white, you’re ready to devour your hot noodles!

A pin which doesn’t leave a mark on your wall after you remove them? Make way for the Ninjapin!

Ninjapin(ニンジャピン)
432 yen

The ITA (which is Japanese for cutting board) cutting board is amazing due to its simplicity yet extra ordinary usefulness .

Cutting board EA To CO Yoshikawa
5,940 yen

It’s a cutting board consisting out of two parts, a black raisin (polyethylene) board which lies within a wooden board. When you cut meat, the meat juices will drip into the wooden part, leaving your kitchen/dining table spotless. You can also separate the two and use them as separate boards.

Cutting board EA To CO Yoshikawa

Check out this site and you’ll find many more evolutionary products like the ones described above..happy shopping!

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Artful craftsmen create men’s kimono using unconventional materials, with astounding results.

Kyoto-based fashion label Wazigen Shizukuya is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new line named opus 9, giving us   some new unorthodox kimono, leaving the traditional silk behind and using paper (!?) instead…..

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Wrong image my friend, although I had the same image when I read the headline of their press release, but upon further reading things became clear..the paper they used is called kamico, which is paper treated with starch and rubbed and wrinkled until it is soft and flexible, this started as early as in the 14th century, which is  a really  long time ago. The first folks who wore clothes made out of this material were Buddhist priests who used it as robes and underwear, than later by the poor(ish) people as clothes and bedding because it was cheap….well due to  inflation and some other things  it has become a rather pricey product in our time and age. Nowadays kamico is still created the same way but the paper is sewn with hemp yarn and cotton yarn for extra strength.

Kamico (calling it paper would be the same as calling carbon fiber, plastic)has the advantages that it insulates and that it’s very light, which translates to highly comfy in modern English, actually a lot of kabuki costumes are made out of this material

A great disadvantage though is that these clothes aren’t washable which would upset your wife or mother, but they can withstand the rain, (not typhoons)  and if due to a case of extreme clumsiness you tear it, you can repair it with kamico!

Okay enough bla bla let’s have a look, first up is the:

 Zin parka Syoen

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Material: Table – Japanese paper 100%, back – hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 160,000 yen + tax

Next up is the:

UKIYO SHINOGI – Hakama “Koboku”

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Material: 100% paper (100% hemp only string)
Size: M ~ 2L range in tailoring of
Price: 280,000 yen + tax

And number three is:

 Zin Parka “Karazishi”

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Material: Table – 100% silk, back – hood lining and facing part hemp 100%, body back hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 140,000 yen + tax

Each product is carefully hand- made and the attention to detail is astonishing , they haven’t only focused on the looks but also on the wear-ability. These are custom made for one year only and therefore very exclusive.

I imagine myself wearing this on the red carpet ready to receive my grammy…oh yeah a man’s got to dream…

Let us know what you think!

Serge Roso JWS

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Japanese doll sets for Hina festival accommodate the folks with tight living spaces.

In February the living space  of Japanese houses get a lot tighter, because that’s the time the parents of girls display the Hina dolls for the upcoming Hina festival or girls’day.  Hina festival is celebrated on the 3rd of March parents set up a display of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, empress and their underlings.

Kids ya’ll sleep in the closet for next few weeks.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period or in other words a loooong time ago. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits but since  traditionally,  grandparents of a newborn girl used to buy a set  hina dolls, they are nowadays taken out of the closet  just to display  and to have a reason to celebrate something, because we all love a party don’t we?

Kyaradeko Special Day specter watch Hinamatsuri
Youkai watch hina cake
Hina festival food..it’s just too beautiful to eat.

Traditions continue, but values change even so in Japan…nobody wants to abolish such  cultural customs, but  times are changing and more and more folks value practicality over tradition. So (almost)gone are the elaborate displays of these beautiful dolls, only to be replaced by smaller(cheaper) compact versions.

The display of the hina dolls is mostly done to make your little girl happy, and what better way to keep up her good spirits is by giving her some dolls in the shape of her favorite cartoon character?

 

 

 

In Disney crazy Japan this Mickey and Minnie premium hina doll set is surely to be a big hit

Size: frontage 38X depth 29X height 27cm                                                                      Price: 75,598 yen (tax included)           link

Or with 15 characters (original number of dolls) but smaller.

  • Size: Width 360 × depth 150 × height 180mm
  • Price: 21,598 yen (tax included)
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What about  her favorite snack…a rice ball!                    

  • Size: width 24 × depth 15 × height 8cm
  • Material: rayon crepe, other
  • Price: 4,104 yen
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No girls’day without Kitty being present

  • Size: Width 270 × depth 110 × height 380mm
  • Price: 21,598 yen (tax included)
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These cute little dolls are made of glass and they can float in water, because what says tradition more than a pair of floating dolls huh.

  • Size: height of about 35mm × width of about 25mm × depth of about 20mm
  • Material: glass
  • Price: 183 yen (including tax) ※ for one piece
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In western countries girls play with Barbie dolls, in Japan they have Rika-chan.(Likka)

  • Size: frontage 61.5 × depth 41 × height 35.5 (cm)
  • Price: 159,408 yen (tax included)
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And for the little princess who values quality over quantity there are these antique ivory dolls from a time when killing elephants wasn’t frown upon.

  • Size: height your imperial palace customers 11.9cm, 11.2cm princess
  • Material: Ivory
  • ¥ 250,000 (tax included shipping included)
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Not sure though if we can send you this….but we’ll check it out for you.

Compact and beautiful is this five piece black acrylic ornament.

  • Size: frontage 55 × depth 29 × height 56cm
  • Price: 107,998 yen (tax included)
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You don’t have to be Japanese to appreciate this lovely tradition, giving your new born daughter/grand daughter/friend’s daughter one of these sets will surely separate it from the other customary presents as distinguished and stylish.

Just don’t forget to put it back in the closet before march 4, failing to this will result in late marriage for the daughter.

 

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Colorful tabi socks and chimes..we introduce you kaya, the ultimate Japanese fashion accessory site!

Tabi socks, the “two toed” socks are designed  to be worn with  zori or geta or Japanese wooden toe sandals. Of course you can wear these sandals barefoot, but this has proven to be mighty cold in winter and frostbite infected toes just don’t suit the good old kimono.

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Zori slippers

Besides being designed for the zori and geta, these socks have the advantage of being extremely comfortable and proven to prevent athlete’s foot well at least to the big toe since this one is separated from your other toes. But most of all they are just plain lovely with their  Japanese culture inspired designs….and come in all sizes.

和雑貨 倭物やカヤ 足袋 tabi

Long tabi (23cm-28cm)

五重塔足袋(23-25cm)起き上がり足袋(23-25cm)赤富士足袋(23-25cm)

Short tabi(23cm-28cm)

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Online shop Kaya is the place to visit if you’re in need of some true Japanese fashion accessories, besides their collection of tabi socks, they have everything to enhance your outfit with a touch of the orient.

It’s quiet a long list so sit back and scroll…

Iphone cases:

倭物やカヤ 和雑貨 スマホケース 海外土産

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Wooden Zori slippers

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Maki band or stomach band, worn like in the pic or beneath your clothes..sure to keep your tummy warm in those cold winters!

折鶴腹巻き【Mサイズ】

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maki bands…so comfy!

Hair accessories.

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Tonbou (dragonfly) beads to create your own jewelry.

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Traditional toys and crafts

倭物やカヤ お化けの金太 熊本 郷土玩具

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Hats and hoods to keep your head warm…or cool.

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Scarves

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Wind chimes and Noren (traditional  curtains often used as door in restaurants or as decoration)

倭物やカヤ 和雑貨 風鈴

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You know what, this was just a preview of the things they have..so click here and check out what they have…and then click here to ask for more detailed information.

Most products are produced in Japan and the prices are very reasonable IMHO..You do not need to go to Japan anymore, Japan just arrived at your doorstep eh virtual doorstep.

I’m going to sit in/on my magnificent massage chair, drink a hot sake(rice wine) and relax. I wish you all a pleasant day!

Oooh just ooooh!

SR. Roso