Designed to cultivate our inherent sense of wonder and exploration, Sola Cube features rare natural specimens captured forever in acrylic. Hyper-polished and distortion-free, these expertly preserved curiosities make a fantastic gift for the naturalist in your life and will captivate guests of your home and office. Custom beech and walnut display stands are available here.
Specimens include: Dandelion Fluff (tampopo), Eucalyptus, Globe Amaranth (sennichiko), Bunny Tail Grass (usaginoo), Small Globe Thistle (ruritamaazami), Strawflower (kaigaraso), and Sweetgum (momiji bafu).
About Acrylate Resin Casting
Similar to amber, insects and other curiosities can be preserved in acrylic resin for generations. The process typically involves pouring acrylic into a mold with the dried plant on a slightly solidified gel. The specimen is then pressurized in the mold to remove bubbles before being slowly heated to stabilize the acrylic bonds. Finally, the specimen is shaped and buffed to remove any surface markings.
Materials: Acrylic resin, Specimen
Dimensions: L:1.57" x W:1.57" x H:1.57"
Care: Polish occasionally with a soft cloth
How do you say “thank you” in Japanese? What’s the Japanese word for "tomato"? How about "teacher"? Like a trusty translator, this picture dictionary answers these questions and more, guiding you through the most common everyday words and phrases in the Japanese language. Each entry features colorful retro illustrations that remind us of our own school textbooks. Perfect for bilingual children, beginners, or enthusiasts alike, this handy guide is an easy and fun way to master the basics of the Japanese language.
Japanese to English, and English to Japanese versions available.
Dimensions: Height: 9 1/2" Width: 4"
Page Numbers: 286 pages
As much a picture book for adults as it is for children, Brooch is a beautiful, sentimental story about finding your personal identity. Its delicate, rice paper-thin pages are slightly translucent and let you see the drawings awaiting you before you flip to them for a tactile reading experience beyond everyday picture books. This English edition of Brooch is translated from the Japanese by the author herself, keeping the poetic words and message intact through the language barrier.
About the Author
Yayako Uchida is a Japanese actress who found success as an author with Brooch, her first picture book. Her poetic, lyrical version of a children's book has won over children and adults alike with its simple but powerful story of self-discovery. Brooch was created in collaboration with artist Yoshie Watanabe, whose soft, colorful drawings give life to Uchida's fragile words.
Dimensions: Height: 7" Width: 10"
Pages: 136 pages
A picture-book series portraying the activities of a three-generation household of mice—Mama, Papa, Grandpa, Grandma, and ten children—The Family of Fourteen has grown to a dozen volumes and sold over ten million copies in Japanese and several other languages. This volume tells the story of the family's moon-viewing festival, following each member as they look at the moon and reflect.
About the Author
Kazuo Iwamura graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and moved to Tochigi Prefecture to become a farmer. There, he began writing a children’s series that would eventually become The Family of Fourteen, a tremendously popular award-winning series about a family of field mice. Today, the Kazuo Iwamura Picture Book Museum stands in Tochigi as a reminder of his contributions to children’s literature. He has also been named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.
Author: Kazuo Iwamura
Dimensions: Height: 10½” Width: 7½”
From sealing a lunch bag to wrapping a special gift, the world of washi tape is a playground for the creative mind. Washi tape is made from translucent Japanese rice paper and comes in an endless spectrum of colors and patterns. It features a gentle adhesive, making it easy to stick on and tear off without damaging any surfaces. Its soft, tactile texture and colorful prints are perfect for craft projects- use it to customize and decorate notebooks, letters, labels, packages, and even your walls!
About MT Washi Tape
Washi tape was invented by MT, a 100-year-old company specializing in paper adhesives. In 2006, the company received notice that three women in Tokyo had been using their utility tapes to make beautiful craft projects. Inspired by their creativity, MT invited the women to tour the factory and began developing an entirely new type of colorful, adaptable tape that could be used for creative projects. Today, washi tape comes in thousands of colors, prints, and designs, and has a cult following among crafters and stationery aficionados throughout the world.
Materials: Washi Paper
Dimensions: Diameter: 1/2"