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washi coster

W150xL150mm, Japan

A simple coaster made of handmade Japanese paper, washi.  The paper is treated with water resistant coating to make the coaster more durable.  It is part of the collection from the Otake Japanese Paper Workshop in Hiroshima, the workshop is set up to promote and to continue the art of Japanese handmade paper.


In today’s world, we often own only one comb and likely to be plastic, but for traditional Japanese coiffure there are many different types of comb (kushi) each having a different function.  The sujitate comb is a special tool for straightening the side and the back hair used by the Kamiyui (geiko hairstylist).

And this is how the comb is actually used.



DIA90xH90mm, Japan

Kutani Ware (九谷燒) is one of the representative Japanese Iroe (multicolored over the glaze) porcelain produced in Kanazawa, Komatsu, Kaga, and Nomi city in the southern part of Ishikawa prefecture. It’s traced back to 1650’s in the Kutani village.

 There are 3 periods in the Kutani Ware’s history: Ko-Kutani, Saiko Kutani, and Kutani. The ceramics of the three eras are all renowned and highly valued.

 The ceramics produced in the first 50 years are called “Ko-Kutani,” literally meaning old Kutani. They consist of five colors, blue, green, yellow, purple, and red.

This is an item from SOIL for the ASIAN FOLKCRAFT COLLECTION

paper mache tigerW60xL140xH90mm, Japan


Though tiger is not native to Japan, its worship has started before the first tiger was imported from Korea some 400 years ago.  The figure was generated from painting, tales and imagination, it is believe that the tiger is a symbol of strength and health.  This is a paper mache tiger with a noddy head.

Here is a collection of the paper mache tiger wood block print by Shirayanagi Eiichi ( to see the complete description)



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W300xL220mm, Japan

This ukiyo-e print is a work by Baido Kunimasa (1848-1920); born Takenouchi Hidehisa during his career he used different names (go) for his works, Baido Hosai, Baido Kunimasa, Kochoro, Kunimasa IV, Kunisada III, Toyokuni V and Toyokuni V.

This print depicts the on going in a kimono shop.  Wonder if it was something like a xmas shopping day, everyone looks really stressed out in the picture.

W250xH200xD160mm, Japan

The proportion of this small chest of drawers reminded me of Mondrian, this Japanese Tansu is for storing personal accessories.

These portable chest of drawers originated from the cash boxes in the merchants’ houses of the Edo period, then people started to bring it to their bedrooms for keeping valuable goods.  Nowadays they are used for keeping stationary, as a treasure box in Japan.  A beautiful box for tidying up small things.

W110xH170mm, Japanese

The print belongs to the Tale of Genji, a classic Japanese literature which many consider to be the first and finest pose work novel.  The author Murasaki Shikibu (11th century) was a noblewoman and lady-in-waiting, offer a glimpse into the live of the high courtiers of the Heian period.  There are 54 chapters in the Tale of Genji, each represented by a individual crest (genji-mon/genji-ko).  In this ukiyo-e print, the crest is the repetitive background symbols in dark and light blue, it is the 12th chapter (Suma).  The print depicted Genji exiled in Suma for the scandal of his love affair with Oborozukiyo.

This is an ukiyo-e print of the Utgawa school.  The Utgawa school was founded by Toyoharu and expanded by his student Toyokuni I who made it the most famous and powerful woodblock print school of the late 19th century.

L240xW150mm, Japan

This is an ukiyo-e print of the actor Bando Sampachi I (Heikyu) as Yawata no Saburo published in 1770.  The print beared the tsubo seal of the artist Katsukawa Shunsho.  Katsukawa Shunsho is the leading artist of the Katsukawa school which specializes in prints of the kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and bijinga (beautiful women).  Shunsho pioneered in realistic portrait of the kabuki actors which contrast with the stylized prints of the Torii school with the individuality of the actor himself identified.

W390xL70xH20mm, Japan

This is a Soroban.  A calculation device.  The Japanese version of the abacus.  The number of rods are always of odd number, starting from 13, then 21, 23, 27 (this one) and going up all the way to 31.  The more rods will allow for more digits in the calculation.  The beads on the rods are separated in 2 rows by the reckoning bar; on each rod below the bar are 4 earth beads, above it there is 1 heaven bead.  Each rod represent the same digit, with 1 heaven bead = 5 earth beads, so each rod can go up to 9 before moving to the next digit.  The Soroban is still currently in use in Japan, it is reinforced by being taught at school and as part of the entrance requirement to public cooperation.