Picked high-quality goods made in Japan
Either shopping for yourself, or for a gift to give to a friend, Japanese arts and crafts are definitely what you are looking for. Here, we have selected some general stores where you are sure to find excellent Japanese handiwork in arts and crafts and elegant small items for daily use.
Uragu—an original Japanese style stationary shop (Kyoto)
Located in Gion, Kyoto, Uragu remodeled a building, which used to be a teahouse, and started business as a stationery shop. There is a selection of over 200 kinds of stationery. Among them, popular items are “pochi-bukuro” (a small decorative envelope for giving New Year’s money to children) and “Mamemo,” an easy to use memo pad to jot down things that come to mind.
“Mamemo,” great for both gifts and everyday use
The elegant traditional Japanese designs of stationery should remind even poor letter writers how wonderful handwriting is. The sizes of many of them are small, so they will be great for souvenir
*pochi-bukuro: “pochi” comes from a Kansai dialect “bochi bochi,” meaning, “just a little.” It is said that during the Meiji period, hotel or restaurants’ guests started using a small envelope for tipping. Small money was put and given to workers at hotels or restaurants.
●4-297, Miyagawa-suji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city ●075-551-1357
●12:00-18:00 ●closed on Mondays
Nijiyura—carrying on cultural tradition of good old tenugui towels (Osaka)
Nijiyura’s Tenugui towels are made with a traditional technique of dyeing called “Chusen.” It is the method of pouring dye onto the fabric. First, a piece of fabric is folded into a bellows form, dyed on the front side and the backside. Giving the fabric dye from the front and the back produces beautiful color, and this technique allows 3 to 40 pieces to be dyed at once. All process is done by artisans, and these manual d works give the tenugui towels subtle variation and texture, not seen in printed ones.
Using tenugui towels as a hand towel, a lunch box wrappers, place mats and many more. They can also be as a pouch or a book cover. There are unlimited ways to use tenugui. These tenugui, with traditional techniques yet modern and original designs should capture your heart!
●Nijiyura Osaka Nakazakicho Main Branch
●1st floor, 104, Green City, 4-1-7, Nakazakinishi, Kita-ku, Osaka City ●06-7492-1436
●11:00-19:00 ●closed on during year-end and beginning of year
Suzuki Shofudo—Washi paper crafts shop with Kyoto sensitivity (Kyoto)
Suzuki Shofudo is a well-established Japanese style arts and crafts shop, which sells various paper artifacts such as washi (Japanese paper) dyed by hand using Kyoyuzen dyeing technique. Their famous pasta case made of washi can be for everyday use, and also for a gift. Besides pasta, you can put rolled-up paper, or use as a gift box for a wine. Depending on what you come up with, its usage is limitless.
You will find other beautifully colored Japanese style items such as square paper plates that are water-repellent, and many more. They hold workshops, and at a session, you can create your own Japanese style artifact such as tea containers.
●409,410, Izutsuya-cho, Yanaginobanba Rokkaku-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city
*The above information was last updated November 28, 2016. For more information, please contact the stores directly.
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