Ceramic City Bud Vase No. 9
Each of these quaint houses is sculpted and glazed by the hands of artist Yukiko Ohnakahara. When arranged together, these beautiful bud vases resemble the ceramic skyline of a little Japanese village. Ideal for a simple sprig of eucalyptus or a single delicate flower, the Ceramic City Vase brings a homemade charm to any tabletop.
Every vase in the Ceramic City series is one of a kind. Only one available in each style.
About Yukiko Ohnakahara
Yukiko Ohnakahara is a Japanese multimedia artist who has held solo and group exhibitions throughout Tokyo. In 2011 she opened her own store in Yanaka Tokyo making handmade wares like our bird mobile and handmade potholder. Her work plays on the handmade aesthetic, using recycled materials and imperfect details to enhance the unique quality of each piece.
Dimensions:Height: 3" Width: 2.25"
Materials: Clay; White Glaze
5 Elements Soy Candles
Japanese philosophers once viewed the world as having five unique elements: air, earth, fire, sky and water. These elements are commonly used throughout Buddhist architecture and now have inspired this line of pure soy candles. From spicy to refreshing, each scent provides a vivid illustration of each symbolic element. Each candle is hand-poured from sustainable soy wax locally in the United States, and includes a Zen poem packaged within a beautiful handcrafted box.
Air: A fresh, citrus-esque combination of eucalyptus, yuzu rind (Japanese grapefruit), and ginger.
Earth: A warm mix of cedar, jasmine, and fig notes.
Fire: A slightly spicy combination of ginger, rose, and quince.
Sky: A simple floral aroma of jasmine, acacia, fresh grass
Water: A refreshing combination of cucumber, watercress, mint
Materials: Soy Wax, Essential Oils
Dimensions: Height: 3½" Diameter: 3¾"
Burning time: 60 hours
Made in the USA
A clean, neutral sister to our Lana Towel, the supersoft Aile Towel is made for days at the spa. Woven from 50% organic cotton, its fibers are plush, bouncy and kind to your skin.
Japanese towels are known for their thin compact size, superior absorbency, and incredible softness. Our towels are made in Imabari, where towel-making is such an important industry that the town has its own towel museum. With a focus on softness and texture, our towels pamper your skin as softly as if they were plush blankets.
Materials: 100% cotton (50% organic cotton)
Care: Machine wash with cold water and mild detergent. No bleach or fabric softeners. Hang or tumble dry low.
|Bath Towel (L)||25" x 50"|
|Hand Towel (M)||15" x 33½"|
|Washcloth (S)||12" x 13"|
Akiyama Matcha Bowl
As tea-making has become an art form over the centuries, so have matcha bowls themselves become works of art. The organic, undulating shape of traditional matcha bowls is designed to create the smooth, frothy consistency beloved by tea enthusiasts. Because of its essential role in the Japanese tea ceremony, a tea bowl is traditionally considered one of the most graceful and treasured items in your home. A jade-green crackled glaze coats the smooth surface of this piece, pooling into the bottom like a sip of leftover matcha.
How to Use:
To prepare matcha, pour boiling water into the tea bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add ceremonial-grade matcha using a bamboo ladle. Using a chasen (bamboo whisk), whisk vigorously in an “M” shape until the matcha reaches a creamy froth. Sip directly from bowl.
For best results, use ceremonial-grade matcha, a bamboo ladle, and 80 or 100-tip chansen.
Care: Owning a matcha bowl requires thoughtful handling and careful use. Because of their handmade quality, these bowls are not suitable for the microwave or dishwasher, and should be rinsed and dried immediately after use. Be careful not to introduce water that is too hot, as that may encourage glaze cracking.
Dimensions: Height: 3.1" Diameter: 5.3"
Albata Tea Spoon
A charming little spoon for stirring your tea or coffee. Hand-hammered from brass and albata, this little treasure ages gracefully into a rich patina with wear.
About Miho Nishikawa
Miho Nishikawa is an award-winning metalworks artist who works with silver, brass and albata to create beautifully detailed but rustic accessories. Nishikawa is trained and currently works in Kanazawa, which is an UNESCO-appointed city of Crafts and Folk Art in Japan for its tradition of metalwork artistry.
Materials: albata, brass
Dimensions: Length: 5¼" Diameter: ¾"
Care: Polish with an acidic substance.