T - CUTSEWN MAISON t-shirts

T – CUTSEWN MAISON

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Founded by Ken Nishiyama in 2016:

This Egyptian cotton is exceptional and spends more than two and half year to create. We make the yarn in Swaziland and make fabric in Japan, before dyeing the cotton in order to make a highest quality product at the end.

After experimenting with different kinds of cotton: Giza, sea island, supuima, torfan, spin, bakarat etc, they finally decided to select GIZA no.45, because it was physically the Best Quality of all:

From the touch of material, different classes, polish surface, excellent texture etc, all of these factors linked to T’s concept which is “ Extreme of Comfort”. This is the reason we choose they exceptional fabric.

The owner decided to make product basing on, “Extreme Quality Product” and not according to “price”. For this reason the pricing is higher than other shirts on the market but you receive exceptional quality.

The owner will not be influence by season, delivery, general market condition, etc.

For these reasons, T’s is an exceptional brand. Please come to our store to check the quality for yourself.

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Inner Lights Exhibition By Ricci Mondo On April 19th

Born in Kobe in 1950, Ricci Mondo is been living both in France and Japan, while working as a photographer and fashion designer.


Taking picture has always been Ricci's favorite medium of creation, starting in his early age with analog then digital. During his graduation at Kyoto University of Arts, his main working area was the dark room to play with chemicals in the aim of obtaining lights treatments and paper. But Ricci got frustrated by analog restrictions and leaved his experiments apart of his photographing work.


With the boom of digital photography, Ricci Mondo was able to experiment again with retouching and go deeper with treatments, playing with colors to find a deeper understanding of every shoot. He discovered lights hidden in the dark and how he can draw colors and lights from objects.

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Prints will be available for purchase in a very limited edition:
A0 & B2, editions of 2
A3, B4, A4, editions of 8

Goto Tomorrow Dog Leashes

Goto-Tomorrow is a workshop located in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture.

M. Fujita and his son have been working on saddlery goods, with techniques passed down through 4 generations. Thanks to their continuous and fully handcrafting work as saddlers, they have now come with a line of accessories for beloved pets.

Made from a single piece of leather and carefully hand stitched one by one. The lead and collar are made to be strong and usable for years. The leather is smoothed for hours to be sure it is soft and comfortable on dog and cat's neck. It is a difficult technique which can only be made by skilled craftsmen. 

Every lead comes with a leather tag to attach on your bag or trousers while you let your dog walk alone.

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Kaminoshigoto Notebooks

"Gifts from Gifu, the Land of Clear Waters"

The Gifu area of Japan is surrounded with crystal clear water, flowing through lush forests. The blessings of these clear waters are deeply rooted in our lives, manifesting themselves in our local craftsmanship of woodworks, Mino Washi Japanese paper, cutlery and ceramics.

Traditional craftsmanship of Gifu 's 14 leading manufacturers combined with Mr. Sebastian Conran's "functional design in everyday life .A great example of "Japanese spirit combined with contemporary flair. Born of a fusion between East and West.

Since its formation Kaminoshigoto has engaged in the production and sales of traditional Japanese Lantern Washi. They also enjoy a wide share as a distributor of Washi related products and a variety of Mino Washi. They have also expanded their business into Washi printing using new such technologies as silkscreen and inkjet printing. Whilst continuing with traditional craftsmanship, they are also developing their own products and new technologies. By taking advantage of their accumulated knowledge, Kaminoshigoto is always seeking new possibilities and is committed to enriching lives with high quality products made from Mino Washi.

Each of these notebooks are inspected for the quality of the washi paper and hand sewn. With the current production system, using modern techniques and traditional craftsmanship, these are beautiful books that are affordable. We have a selection 2 sizes of these notebooks at our store.

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Sakura Cherry Blossoms

It's our favorite time of the year! Sakura Cherry Blossom season! This is this years official map for Cherry Blossom Sightings throughout Japan. 

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We eat and drink under the trees and wait for the petals to fall on us for good luck. Part of their beauty is that they only bloom for a short while. This has so many meanings about our life and our appreciation of beauty.

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One of our favorite places is in Naka-Meguro. A wonderful time to celebrate Spring and the end of winter. If you are in Japan, we hope you are enjoying this. If not, you can find cherry blossoms throughout the world. 

 

Sugahara Glass

Every one of the glasses are made by hand. The Sugahara craftsmanship brings out the warmth of each glass.

Their motto is: “Glass is alive.” “Conversing with glass”. For the glass craftsmen of Sugahara, this is a natural expression

There is a moment when glass, as a liquid under extreme heat, attains its supreme beauty. That moment is captured, and a form is given to it. Drawing out the infinite potential of glass to the fullest. Creating a unique shine and flowing forms.

To do this,

Craftsmen stand face-to-face with glass each day and listen to its voice. They aspire to deliver glassware that feels as warm as the human body, which will bring a smile to your lips when you hold it in your hand, and which will add colors when entertaining that special person in your life.

Sugahara never compromises when it comes to handmade glass.

Since their beginnings in 1932, in Tokyo, the artisans at Sugahara have applied traditional Japanese design techniques to reveal and express the beauty of glass in ways never before seen, in handcrafted glassware for the tabletop and other uses.

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Company History: 1932 Kazuma Sugahara begins a private business manufacturing glassware at what is now Koto-ku, Tokyo. From there their glasses became popular all over Japan and now internationally. 

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Chasen Tea Whisk

Chasen

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The making of tea whisks began in the middle of the Muromachi period (1333-1568), when the younger son of the lord of Takayama was asked to make a whisk by Murata Juko, who had been instrumental in perfecting the tea ceremony. Thereafter, the production method was kept a guarded secret by the lord of the castle and his family and was carefully handed down from generation to generation.


However, sometime later the secret was revealed to sixteen of the family's chief retainers and the techniques were passed on without interruption. Takayama is now the only place in the country where tea whisks are being made.

There are about 120 different kinds of Takayama Chasen, the type of material, shape and number of splines varying according to the school of tea, and also on the kind of tea, whether it is weak or strong, to be served in very formal surroundings or at an open air tea ceremony, or if the whisk is for a travelling set. The taste of the tea is also said to differ slightly according to the workmanship during the whittling process. A part from the traditional whisks, some are now made for decorative purposes, while others are made to produce a good head of froth on milky coffee.

 

In modern times, we usually use chasen only for “macha” powdered green tea. For other types of tea that we get from the best "tea farms" in Uji, Shizuoka, Kyoto areas, all organic, available in store: 2 different matcha, sencha, genmaicha, hojicha, kukicha) which we have at our store : we use tea pots from design specialists.

For this type of tea you can make it much like you would for an Earl Grey tea. According to your preference, you keep the tea in as you like. We usually use the tea leaf for about 1 minute for the first time and then about 2 minutes for the second pot. But it is up to you to determine the taste that you prefer.

The typical bamboo considered good for chasen is said to be that from the mountains of Hyogo, Nare, Kyoto and other areas on the Pacific Ocean side of the Kinki region. This is because this area is low in nutrients causing the bamboo to grow strong and sturdy. The craftsman then takes the piece of bamboo and divides it into sixteen pieces, they’re then cut into large and small segments to make the number of tines required. The ends of the tines are boiled in hot water and placed on a stand, then thinned from the base to the tip. After carving, the bristles are tapered to create a brush-shape, smoothing out all the rough edges and then finish it off by fixing the base securely with thread.
You don't actually "whisk" the tea with them the way you would egg whites; you move it in a "m" motion instead in the tea bowl.

To clean, rinse then dry before storing. You can buy stands (referred to as "forms") that you put them on to dry to help them retain their shape longer.

Old and broken ones are taken to temples once a year, generally around May, and burnt there in a ceremony called "chasen koyō." It is considered bad form to simply toss one in the garbage,

We recommend that you get the bamboo whisk wet just before you use it. The bamboo whisk is susceptible to dry conditions. When it is dry, it becomes brittle and easy to break. 
It is better to store the bamboo whisk on a whisk keeper after using it. This will help the whisk to retain its shape.

These tea whisks are available at our store.

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Nawrap Maruyama Linens

Maruyama Fiber Industry Co. Ltd was founded in Nara, Japan in 1930. They began manufacturing traditional mosquito nets that were woven from cotton and hemp fabrics. Mosquito nets later lost their relevance in Japan because of modern living and convenience. The traditional mosquito net fabric has since been adapted using traditional weaving technologies, into a line of multipurpose eco cloths. This absorbent, quick-drying fabric is perfect for the home. It is high quality, durable and soft. They have products that will work in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and more!

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What is Multipurpose Eco Cloth?

Multipurpose Eco cloth is made from coarse fabric that was traditionally used by Japanese to make mosquito nets. Due to the increase of modern technology and declining demand for mosquito nets, materials were instead made to Multipurpose Eco Cloth while keeping its traditional weaving techniques.

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The Bath Towels are 100% naturally made. They feature a unique weave that is exclusive to Japan and are made without any dyes or chemicals. The persimmon and charcoal towels naturally absorb odor and bacteria and ideal for after the bath or shower.

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Small Dish cloths are also popular both online and at our store with their antibacterial qualities. These dry quickly and are strong and with care last a long time.  

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Japanese Soba Noodles - An Easy & Healthy Dish For Your Weekend

How To Make Soba Noodles

Soba Is Made With Buckwheat Flour And Is Very Good For Your Health. In Japan We Eat These Noodles Regularly But Especially Just Before New Years As Noodles Represent Longevity And Good Luck. These Can Be Eaten Hot Or Cold. 

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Boil Water And Add The Noodles And Cook For 3-5 Minutes Depending On If You Like Them Soft Or Al Dente. We Usually Eat This Cold In Summer And Rinse In Cold Water Immediately. There Are A Few Types Of Sauces That We Use For Dipping. 

  • Tsuyu : A Mix Of Fish Stock, Sake, Salt.
  • Ponzu : Which Is Made With Fish Stock And Japanese Lemon Called Yuzu
  • Sesame : You Can Make These At Home By Grinding Sesame With Soy Sauce.

We Garnish This This With Spring Onions (Negi) Which Can Be Found In Most Supermarkets. If You Can Find It, We Put Some Wasabi Or Grated Ginger For Extra Taste And Vitamins. 

Cold Soba Can Also Be Eaten With Mixed Salads, Daikon Radish, Tomato, Carrot’s, Cucumbers, Avocado, Etc, With Mayonnaise Or Your Favorite Regular Salad Dressings. 

Or If You Prefer The Traditional Hot Soba Noodles?:

For Hot Soba Recipes Cook The Noodles For Less Time (2-3 Minutes) And Pour It Out, Then Make A Bowl Of Boiled Water With Hot Water And Tsuyu Sauce Or Ponzu Sauce.

Inside The Hot Soba You Can Put Spring Onions, Vegetables, Spinach, Corn, Peas, Mushrooms, Seafood, Beef, Chicken, Duck, As Well As Tempura.

Japanese Green Tea - Matcha & Sencha

Matcha and Sencha are both made from green tea however Matcha is grown in the shade and uses the whole leaves made into powder so it is stronger then Sencha, which is grown in full sun. 

Matcha powdered tea is stronger and is usually better in the morning as it has more caffeine than coffee, yet many people comment that it is much more calming and you don’t get the jittery feeling that some people feel from coffee. Put a small amount around 1 tsp or more to your liking, into a cup. Add hot water (just under a boil). Then use a chasen bamboo tea tool and whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy and enjoy. This Macha powder is also used to make sweets, cookies, ice-cream, as well as beauty products. Masha tea is popular because it has more nutrition in it as the full leaf is dried and grated where as with Sencha or other teas, you lose some of the nutrition when you throw away the old leaves. Macha has more vitamin B6 and beta-carotene while Sencha has more vitamin C and vitamin E. 

Sencha has less caffeine so you can drink it later after dinner without worrying about not being able to sleep. This more commonly comes in Leaf form as opposed to powder form. Generally best to use a small amount in a Japanese tea pot. People often brew the tea for too long, for good tea you should brew the first batch for about one minute. Keep the tea in the pot and you can usually get at least 3 brews. The longer you keep it, the longer you brew the tea, about 2 minutes. 

Green tea is full of antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, is known to fight cancer, does not raise insulin. It is also known to calm and relax you and is used during meditation. 

Having a cup of green tea is proven to keep you healthy. Green tea skin products are also known to be effective. Enjoy your tea in whatever way you like it!