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KDA517 OTAKUFO(okame) mask Sold Out - $ 2,200.00
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R012 Mermaid candlestick
R012 Mermaid candlestick $ 750.00
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LD06  Kaidan-Dansu(Step Tansu)
LD06 Kaidan-Dansu(Step Tansu) $ 6,500.00
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BKU14021Sterling silver salt & Pepper shakers in the shape of sandals
BKU14021Sterling silver salt & Pepper shakers in the shape of sandals $ 295.00
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"Mingei?" What is that?

December 01, 2014

“Mingei”,  is a Japanese term that is constantly asked of me. What does that mean? What is that? To me the simple meaning is, things people make and use everyday in their daily lives. These objects were not just for decoration purposes, they have function and purpose, like a basket made just for flower decoration, or carrying produce or even washing dishes. What is so wonderful is that the Japanese make, create and construct these pieces lovingly, perfectly and beautifully, notwithstanding that it's only for them to use, or maybe because it IS for them to use. Whatever the reason, these objects are well cared for, looked after and really used, which makes them - to me and to those...

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A Day at the Shop

November 06, 2014

You never know who will walk in the door when you open for business. There are days when you are wondering if anybody will come in and find your choices of merchandise are exactly what they are looking for, or those who just want to browse or kick tires as they say. My kind of store and where I am, in a very small town with very few retail stores, I am sort of a social destination for people who have traveled to places where my items came from, or just because they would like to pass the time connecting with other people. Nonetheless, its always interesting and a learning experience. Take one day, a well known author of books on Japanese culture walked...

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