Hashi-oki chopstick pillows: Genji-mon crest

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I bought this pair of pretty hashi-oki chopstick pillows at a temple market held at Gokokujinja in Rokko, Kobe city on the 4th Sunday of each month.  The temple grounds are a lovely setting for a market and the roving musicians add a delightful carnival atmosphere. Continue reading Hashi-oki chopstick pillows: Genji-mon crest

Fuchin scroll weights – Aochibu style Kutani-yaki porcelain

A traditional Japanese room often has a hanging scroll (kakemono) displayed in the alcove (tokonoma).  Fuchin, small tasseled weights, are sometimes hung  from the bottom roller ends of the scroll. Besides being decorative, fuchin help to take out any creases in the scroll and prevent it from blowing around in a breeze.  They are typically made of ceramic or stone such as onyx.  They are quite lovely and I often come across them at the markets.

Ceramic fuchin scroll weights

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Peeled Cherry Bark Wares: sakura-kawa-zaiku

Cherry bark work (sakura-kawa-zaiku) is a handicraft from Akita prefecture in the north- eastern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It uses peeled cherry bark from mountain cherry trees (yamazakura) to make items such as small plates, tea caddies or letter cases.

Cherry Bark letter case lid
Cherry Bark letter case lid

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Chawan tea cup

I came across this whimsical modern chawan  at the market and thought it would make a fun addition to my collection of tea cups.  I was attracted by the bright fresh colors and the unusual design of rats gnawing a large white daikon radish.

Daikon -ku Chawan
Daikon -ku Chawan

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Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka

Morioka city, Kitakami river
Morioka city, Kitakami river

 I  spent a few days participating in the Japan Writers conference and basking in the glorious autumn sunshine and open blue sky in the charming old castle town of Morioka, Iwate prefecture.  (October, 2014). Continue reading Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka

Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style

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Kutani tea set

This brilliantly colored Shoza style Kutani porcelain tea set originates from Ishikawa prefecture. Continue reading Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style

Vintage kimono silk cushions

  • I spent a few days last week in Brisbane with my sister, Anne.  She had recently attended a cushion making workshop and I asked her to teach me using my vintage kimono silk.  After several hours work we ended up with this gorgeous pair of cushions!
Vintage Japanese silk and cotton kasuri cushions
Vintage Japanese silk and cotton kasuri cushions: front and back view

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