December 01, 2014


"Mingei?" What is that?

“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 who also love and collect these pieces - even more so desirable.


November 06, 2014


A Day at the Shop

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 in with a very accomplished weaver who specializes on the type of textiles and fabrics I carry. The weaver only spoke Japanese but the author translated  and we all got on famously and had a delightful exchange of knowledge and experiences, which made my day and hopefully theirs too, and they found a bauble or two to take with them.
June 30, 2014


the Guillermina story...

WHAT’S IN A NAME . . . ?

Why Guillermina? An Asian antique store with a Spanish name? Well, I am Filipino by birth and most of us have Spanish names because the Philippines was discovered and colonized by the Spaniards for more than three centuries. I was named after my grandfather, Guillermo, William in English, Guillaume in French. 

I acquired my love for Japanese art in the 1980’s and haven’t wavered since. Being Asian, of course I have an affinity for my culture and travel broadened my taste and heightened my eye for beautiful, creative works of art, which I try to bring to my shop.

Come by and visit the brick and mortar store in historic downtown Point Richmond, California, just north of San Francisco on the bay, or enjoy perusing the new online store.