Stalogy : Touch Screen Roller

Perfect cleaner for touch screens like Ipad’s, Iphones, etc. This gently cleanses of any dust or fingerprints without damaging the. Highly addictive.

Portable and refillable, what everyone should have on your desk.

The roller contains 12 sticky sheet sections that can be used for approximately 40 times.

Available in Black, Red, Light Blue. Refill’s are available as well.

Summer Hakutou White Peaches

Okayama’s peaches are well-known among the Japanese for the folk tale of “Momotarou (Peach Boy)”, and peach blossoms represent Okayama as the “Prefectural Flower”.

Full-scale peach cultivation began in 1875 (Meiji Period), when peaches were brought to Okayama from China. With the gifted environmental features and the long hard work of the foregoers who acquired brilliant techniques, Okayama became one of Japan’s largest peach producers.

“White peaches” are grown with extra care; each fruit is covered with a small bag to protect the delicate soft white skin to ripen it to perfection. This process requires a lot of work, and is an important technique in cultivating the finest peaches. Comments like “I’ve never had peaches that are this soft and sweet.” and “Peaches made in Okayama are always delicious!” are the finest compliments for the peach producers in Okayama.

White peaches from various regions can be found in August and are very special. Juicy and without preservatives. When the fruit is small the farmer will examine each fruit and cut any that do not look. About 1/3rd of the peaches are culled during this process, hence all the goodness of the tree can go into the peaches that are kept. After this, each peach is individually wrapped in light paper to prevent spoiling by bugs.

If you cannot find any green colors on the stem of the peach, that means your peach is fully ripen. You should enjoy it right away. If you leave it in the refrigerator to cool for two hours before you eat it, you can enjoy it even better!

But be careful not to cool it too much. If you leave it in the refrigerator too long, you won’t be able to fully enjoy the flavor or sweetness. So if you can’t eat it right away, leave it in room temperature, but try to eat it as soon as possible. Avoid leaving it in the refrigerator too long, or under direct sunlight for the peach may rot.

The best way to enjoy peaches are eating them fresh, but if you have more than enough peaches, try making some fresh peach jam. Cook it in an enamel pot, with half the amount of granulated sugar of the peaches.

You can enjoy the jam along with some yogurt, or mix it with milk to make a refreshing drink!

These are truly special peaches and we look forward to having them in summer!

Summer Hakutou White Peaches

Okayama’s peaches are well-known among the Japanese for the folk tale of “Momotarou (Peach Boy)”, and peach blossoms represent Okayama as the “Prefectural Flower”.

Full-scale peach cultivation began in 1875 (Meiji Period), when peaches were brought to Okayama from China. With the gifted environmental features and the long hard work of the foregoers who acquired brilliant techniques, Okayama became one of Japan’s largest peach producers.

“White peaches” are grown with extra care; each fruit is covered with a small bag to protect the delicate soft white skin to ripen it to perfection. This process requires a lot of work, and is an important technique in cultivating the finest peaches. Comments like “I’ve never had peaches that are this soft and sweet.” and “Peaches made in Okayama are always delicious!” are the finest compliments for the peach producers in Okayama.

White peaches from various regions can be found in August and are very special. Juicy and without preservatives. When the fruit is small the farmer will examine each fruit and cut any that do not look. About 1/3rd of the peaches are culled during this process, hence all the goodness of the tree can go into the peaches that are kept. After this, each peach is individually wrapped in light paper to prevent spoiling by bugs.

If you cannot find any green colors on the stem of the peach, that means your peach is fully ripen. You should enjoy it right away. If you leave it in the refrigerator to cool for two hours before you eat it, you can enjoy it even better!

But be careful not to cool it too much. If you leave it in the refrigerator too long, you won’t be able to fully enjoy the flavor or sweetness. So if you can’t eat it right away, leave it in room temperature, but try to eat it as soon as possible. Avoid leaving it in the refrigerator too long, or under direct sunlight for the peach may rot.

The best way to enjoy peaches are eating them fresh, but if you have more than enough peaches, try making some fresh peach jam. Cook it in an enamel pot, with half the amount of granulated sugar of the peaches.

You can enjoy the jam along with some yogurt, or mix it with milk to make a refreshing drink!

These are truly special peaches and we look forward to having them in summer!

Japanese Beach Culture

In Japan everyone tries to go to the beach during summer. There are many cliffs Japan’s coastline so naturally the beaches with sand are very packed.  Since we live on a mostly volcanic island, most beaches have black sand that gets really hot in summer so if you don’t have beach shoes, it can feel like you are walking on hot coals. There are some beaches with lighter sand and always completely full of people. By the busy beaches you find several Umi no ie (seaside house) which is more like a shack with food (providing shade, bathrooms, showers, lockers for storage, etc.) These prefabricated buildings are put up quickly at the end of tsuyu, rainy season, and taken down on September 1st.  Tatami mat on the floor which work well to remove sand.

In the last decade, “Designer umi no ie” have become popular for the fashion & design crowd with private bookings organized by various brands. Expect good food, special cocktails, select activities, etc. In the evening there are dj’s and sometimes live performances as well. One of our favorites is Caban by David Guarino & fashion house Tomorrowland.

Popular activities on the beach are pretty much the same as in every country, with the exception of hard core sun-tanning like in Europe. While some people tan, it is still considered bad to ruin your skin in the sun. Many people bring their own protection, a parasol, sometimes a tent. These are mostly for families. Otherwise many use the Umi no ie to find shade and food and refreshments. Kakigori (shaved ice with a flavored syrup on top) is very popular for both adults and kids.

Other games are Suikawari (watermelon Splitting) : you are blindfolded and given a bamboo stick to whack a watermelon until it splits, everyone enjoys eating the watermelon afterwards. It’s always fun to make sand castles or burry a friend or family member in sand.

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At the end of the day we do small Fireworks which can be bought in a convenience store or supermarket. Very fun, no matter what age you are.

Then clean up and go home, make sure to leave the beach clean without garbage and please recycle.

Obon Festival

Every summer we celebrate Obon for about 3 days, which is a yearly Buddhist event for remembering our ancestors. Traditionally obon is the time each year when the spirits of our ancestors return to visit relatives. For this lanterns are hung outside the house to guide them back. We clean and water their grave stones and prayers at temples. Bon Odori dances are performed and Taiko drums playing. Each district has different dances and rituals.

At the end, floating lanterns are put in the river or lake or ocean to guide the spirits back to their world.

This is also the beginning of summer holidays. Many people plan trips around this time both domestically and abroad. If you have plans to travel around Japan in this time, expect higher prices and plan far in advance. 

Japanese Fans

In ancient Japan, hand fans, such as oval and silk fans were influenced greatly by the Chinese fans. The earliest visual depiction of fans in Japan dates back to the 6th century CE, with burial tomb paintings showed drawings of fans. The folding fan was invented in Japan, with date ranging from the 6th to 9th centuries.

They were made by tying thin stripes of hinoki (Japanese cypress) together with thread. The number of strips of wood differed according to the person's rank. Later in the 16th century, Portuguese traders introduced it to the west and soon both men and women throughout the continent adopted it. They are used today by Shinto priests in formal costume and in the formal costume of the Japanese court (they can be seen used by the Emperor and Empress during enthronement and marriage) and are brightly painted with long tassels. Simple Japanese paper fans are sometimes known as harisen.

Printed fan leaves and painted fans are done on a paper ground. The paper was originally handmade and displayed the characteristic watermarks. Machine-made paper fans, introduced in the 19th century, are smoother, with an even texture. Even today, Geisha of all types (but maiko most often) use folding fans in their fan dances as well.

Japanese fans are made of paper on a bamboo frame, usually with a design painted on them. In addition to folding fans (ōgi), the round non-bending fans (uchiwa) are popular and commonplace. The fan is primarily used for fanning oneself in hot weather. The uchiwa fan subsequently spread to other parts of Asia including Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and to this day are still used by Buddhist monks as "ceremonial fans".

It was also used in the military as a way of sending signals on the field of battle, however fans were mainly used for social and court activities. In Japan, fans were variously used by warriors as a form of weapon, by actors and dancers for performances, and by children as a toy.

The Mai Ogi (or Japanese dancing fan) has ten sticks and a thick paper mount showing the family crest, and Japanese painters made a large variety of designs and patterns. The slats, of ivory, bone, mica, mother of pearl, sandalwood, or tortoise shell, were carved and covered with paper or fabric. Folding fans have "montures" which are the sticks and guards, and the leaves were usually painted by craftsmen. Social significance was attached to the fan in the Far East as well, and the management of the fan became a highly regarded feminine art. Fans were even used as a weapon - called the iron fan, or tessen in Japanese.

In modern times many people have a special fan that is kept for special occasions like matsuri festivals, weddings, ceremonies, etc. Other fans are also used for staying cool during the summer. These can be bought in stores, convenience stores, etc. They are also given out for free by with printed advertisements. Some have pop idols on them. Many fashion brands also make their own summer fans. So there is a very large variety of fans with different prices and types.

There is a way to snap a fan opened and closed with one hand and in a gracefully snapping, inward motion. You can find tutorials on youtube and practice.

How to Open Folding Fans:

Hold the head of the folding fan, i.e., the part with the metal rivet, with one hand.

Check that the design of the hand fan is facing up and that the spokes completely drop in an outward direction or away from you so that when the fan finally opens, its front design faces outward or the audience. You can see whether the hand fan's design faces up through the clarity of the colors of the design, which peeks through the folded leaf.

Simultaneously bring your fan in a slanting direction in-front of you and loosen your grip on four fingers, i.e., the index to small finger, so that the outer guard side and spokes freely drop and the folding fan opens in a snap and in an inward direction or in-front of you. Opening a folding fan inwards is important as it prevents you from hitting the person next to you.

Folding fans with thick leaves, like Battenburg lace fans, paper folding fans, and cloth fans, may require that their folds be properly established before they can be opened in a snap. To open a new folding fan, guide their spokes by sliding the latter downward using your thumb. Similarly, ensure that the fan opens in-front of you and its design faces outward.

How to Close a Folding Fan:

To close a folding fan, turn your wrist upside-down to bring the dropped spokes of the hand fan up. This gesture causes the hand fan's spokes to drop naturally, gather on your palm, and bring the hand fan to a close and to its original position.

To close a new folding fan, similarly turn your wrist upside-down to bring the dropped spokes of the hand fan up. Gently slide the hand fan's spokes downward with the help of your fingers to bring the hand fan to a close and to its original position.

We have some folding fans (ogi) at our store as well as round fans (uchiwa) by Beams Japan.

INIC Instant Drinks

We now have INIC Instant coffee with 4 flavors including Macha, Chocolate, Coffee, Decaff.

Absolutely no colorings, flavorings or additives

The only ingredients of INIC coffee are coffee and dextrin. Dextrin is a natural substance made by breaking down starch.

It is use this to stabilize the quality of INIC coffee. There is no usage of colorings, flavorings or additives, so please drink with confidence.

A taste you will be never tired of, no matter how many times you drink it morning, afternoon and night.

INIC coffee has a moderately strong taste you can drink anytime. It has totally well-balanced harmony between the acidity and bitterness. It has an exhilarating feel when drunk that leaves you satisfied without leaving weight, so you will be never tired of it whenever you drink it. The top aroma that rises up in the moment it melts has a habit-forming aromanticness.

 

Inc Coffee – Macha Powder Sticks

A bright flavor of well selected matcha with sweetness in its slight bitterness. Japanese green tea (matcha) in smooth, soluble powder. You can enjoy a good quality matcha drink anywhere with hot or cold water. Of course, you can easily sprinkle onto chocolate or other desserts to make matcha desserts easily.

Take just five seconds whether ice or hot

INIC is fineness to the premium fine granule powder that achieves a misty matcha extract solution with a special instantaneously drying manufacturing method.

You can see the difference at a glance from other powders.

Therefore, this is an extraordinary product that takes just five seconds whether in hot or cold water.

You can enjoy the luxurious taste of authentic matcha without trouble even when you are busy.

 

Chocolate Powder sticks:

The happiness of putting a good quality chocolate into your mouth. Inic Chocolate will let you enjoy such luxurious taste. The chocolate is made in Belgium. Cocoa is made by Valrhona in France. The ultimate dessert drink was created of the two in Japan. Dissolving it in hot water create the rich chocolat chaud by using milk.

Take just five seconds whether ice or hot

INIC is fineness to the premium fine granule powder that achieves a misty coffee extract solution with a special instantaneously drying manufacturing method.

You can see the difference at a glance from other powders.

Therefore, this is an extraordinary product that takes just five seconds whether in hot or cold water.

You can enjoy the luxurious taste of authentic coffee without trouble even when you are busy.

Clear chocolate, no bitterness and acidity

The challenge with conventional instant chocolate was that an enormous burden was placed on the beans because it was extracted under conditions considered harsh on them (e.g. high heat).

This even pulled out unnecessary turbidity, bitterness and acridity.

Accordingly, Inic strictly set the optimal extraction temperature and extraction time to maximize just the attractions of the carefully selected chocolate.

 

Decaff Coffee sticks:

Retain the good taste and takes out 99.85% of the caffeine.

Before bedtime, during pregnancy or lactation, do you want to have coffee and to avoid caffeine at the same time ? Inic Decaf Coffee fulfills such desires. It is 99.85% caffeine-free (within 100g) decaf coffee. The rich and deep flavor of the combination of well-balanced Colombian coffee and Guatemalan coffee with strong flavor will satisfy you despite it being decaf. The flavor is retained in fine granule powder manufactured by Inic original method. Its tastiness is diffused in 5 seconds after dissolving in hot or cold water. Let the lush coffee experience start at any time.

Take just five seconds whether ice or hot

INIC is fineness to the premium fine granule powder that achieves a misty coffee extract solution with a special instantaneously drying manufacturing method.

You can see the difference at a glance from other powders.

Therefore, this is an extraordinary product that takes just five seconds whether in hot or cold water.

You can enjoy the luxurious taste of authentic coffee without trouble even when you are busy.

Clear coffee, No bitterness and acidity

The challenge with conventional instant coffee was that an enormous burden was placed on the beans because it was extracted under conditions considered harsh on them (e.g. high heat).

This even pulled out unnecessary turbidity, bitterness and acridity.

Accordingly, Inic strictly set the optimal extraction temperature and extraction time by ascertaining the characteristics of the Arabica blend to maximize just the attractions of the carefully selected coffee beans.

They cut out the weak points of the beans through a delicate process to make coffee with just its deliciousness standing out.

 

Coffee Powder Sticks:

Take just five seconds whether ice or hot

INIC is fineness to the premium fine granule powder that achieves a misty coffee extract solution with a special instantaneously drying manufacturing method.

You can see the difference at a glance from other powders.

Therefore, this is an extraordinary product that takes just five seconds whether in hot or cold water.

You can enjoy the luxurious taste of authentic coffee without trouble even when you are busy.

Clear coffee, No bitterness and acidity

The challenge with conventional instant coffee was that an enormous burden was placed on the beans because it was extracted under conditions considered harsh on them (e.g. high heat).

This even pulled out unnecessary turbidity, bitterness and acridity.

Accordingly, Inic strictly set the optimal extraction temperature and extraction time by ascertaining the characteristics of the Arabica blend to maximize just the attractions of the carefully selected coffee beans.

They cut out the weak points of the beans through a delicate process to make coffee with just its deliciousness standing out.

Please visit our store to try this product.

Kinkan

Summer is on its way and with that all the little mosquitos and bugs that come out. In Japan we use mosquito coils, which can be found in every country, but sometimes you just get a mosquito bites and it’s extremely annoying. In Japan we use a product to master this called KINKAN.

KINKAN has excellent effects on insect bites, itching, also for stiff shoulders, lumbar pain, bruising and sprains by removing heat from the affected site and suppressing the conduction of itching/pain.

Ingredient and amount [per 100 mL]:

Contains:

Aqueous ammonia 21.3 mL

ℓ -menthol 1.97 g

d-camphor 2.41 g

Salicylic acid 0.57 g

Capsicum tincture 0.35 mL (35 mg as an amount of raw herbal medicine)

This product contains ginseng extract as an additive and alcohol as a solvent.

Dose and administration

Apply an appropriate amount onto the affected area several times a day.

(1)When this product is used by children, use it under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

(2)Take care to prevent contact with the eyes. If the eyes should be exposed, flush them promptly with lukewarm water. If the symptom is severe, consult an ophthalmologist.

(3)This product should be used only for topical application. Gargle with water when a child ingests it by mistake. Consult a physician if a child swallows the liquid.

♦ How to use:

①Keep the bottle upward and push the center of the sponge several times. Air inside the bottle is removed and excess discharge can be prevented.

②Keep the affected site clean (free of impurities/cosmetics/drugs).

③Push the sponge on the affected site lightly so that the site is soaked with the liquid.

④Repeat the procedure of “apply and dry” several times.

Keep this product away from flammable sources such as heating devices because there is a risk of explosion or ignition.

Do not leave the product in a car because the temperature is prone to be very high inside.

Use the product as soon as possible after opening regardless of the expiration date.

On holiday I always keep Kinkan in my bag, just I keep a bottle to touch up when I need protection from the sun.

We only have a few bottles left at our store.

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Porter Flex

With summer travels coming soon, we highly recommend Yoshida Porter’s light rip-stop 2way duffle bag for any surprise shopping you may do. Whenever we travel to Japan or elsewhere we always find that we often buy more than planned. We never travel without this foldable bag that can be checked in or used as carry-on. The ripstop, waterproof fabric is strong enough for travel. It comes in a small pouch that is easily packed. It is also a convenient bag for outdoor use. Light and always comes in handy.

The Bonsac bag is also very popular for travel. It is in the same series and was originally designed for carrying equipment. It can be used as a backpack or a shoulder bag. Oversized bag that works for travel as well as your daily life.

The material is a nylon ripstop fabric also called parachute cross, it has a tear-off effect because thick nylon thread is woven into a lattice shape, so even if a hole is punctured, since cracks are hard to spread any further, ponchos of military equipment and It is also used for outdoor clothing and the like.

Please visit our store to see these bags.

Matsunoya Strong Gardening Bag

Matsunoya strong cotton canvas tote bag for gardening tools.  Matsunoya Threadline tote is made from 100% heavy duty cotton canvas. The trademarked fabric makes it durable enough to maintain its shape. 100% cotton and is very strong. The Canvas that is woven in Okayama, Japan.

Multi pockets to fit your gardening tools or other tools but it definatly has a feel for work outdoors. Very strong and you can wash the bag in the washing machine with cold water. Small silver latches let you adjust its shape and size. Perfect for summer gardening. 

Perfect for summertime tending to the garden.

Vincent Shoelaces & Cocks Combs

"Vincent Shoelace" was started by a man and woman from Kyoto and their love of shoes however he felt that there was a lack in shoe lace varieties so they decided to design their own. They consider that you should change your shoelaces like you change your hairstyles. There all multiple colors and patterns.

The Bees wax:

It is an original waterproof wax for waxing your laces so that they stay clean. All materials are combined with natural ingredients, and are handmade by two people. Lanolin, which is taken from beeswax and kyou oil.

You rub the shoelace with the bar of wax like you would an eraser and finally lightly melt the wax with a dryer. This process makes the shoelace stronger and helps to keep it shape better when tied. The wax also protects your laces from dirt and rain.

They also created what they named, “Cocks Comb” in three different colors so you can change the front of you favorite sneakers when they get dirty. A spin-off item that they wanted to create as another way to accessorize your sneakers.

These products can be found at our store. 

Mikia Bracelets

Mikia was established in 1998 in Tokyo, Japan. The designer, Aki Mitsubayashi travels the world, and gets inspired by people, culture and things that she finds and feels, everything is her treasure and becomes jewelry. All her jewelry is hand made in Japan, using natural stones, vintage beads and more. There is always a story behind each material

After a decade of the brand, having used many different  materials, they started  focusing on vintage beads and brass beads. They became necessary items for thier men's collection. They often mix them with larger natural  stone beads to have masculine look and  make bracelets. They have become their signature item. 

These bracelets have become classic pieces, enjoyed by people all other the world. We hope you enjoy our selection at our store. 

How to wash with Livrer Yokohama

As we mentioned before we carry Livrer Yokohama is a one-of-a-kind dry cleaning shop in Yokohama that specializes in cleaning stage costumes for clients that include Cirque du Soleil's "Totem," and some of the world's top artists including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and famous Japanese artists. Costumes used for live performances are often made with complex patterns and delicate materials, making them very difficult to clean without exceptional experience, knowledge, and skill. There are problems with sweat, make up, etc, and Livrer Yokohama is the best of the best to gently and thoroughly 

Utilizing this expertise, Livrer Yokohama developed a laundry detergent that does not need a fabric softener. A gentle detergent made by a dry-cleaning shop. A luxurious blend of palm-derived cleaning ingredients, and amino acids and amino silicone, which are cosmetic grade moisturizing and softening ingredients. This detergent has superior cleaning properties while also softening and preventing clothes from shrinking.

For fragrance, it uses a base of natural essential oils to which synthetic fragrances have been added so that the pleasant fragrance remains after washing.

The fragrances that we are available at Bows & Arrows include: Beach, Bergamot, Forest, Green Apple, Rose.

When you do laundry at home, the last thing you want is to have a dirty washer tub. If any of the things listed bellow apply to you, it's time to get your washing machine cleaned.

Causes of this are: You use a softner, Your laundries smell, You use soap at the laundry detergent, You never cleaned your washer tub, You have soaked clothes for too long:  For all of these reasons your washer tub smell bad, in turn your clothes small bad. Solution: Pour 30mL LIVRER YOKOHAMA WASHING MACHINE CLEANER

Select "washer tub cleaning course" and clean the washer tub. After cleaning the tub, select a normal course without any laundries (repeat this procedure twice). Remove rubbish if there are any. Wash your everyday laundry.

To Wash using a machine:

1。Make a pre-laundry liquid in a spray bottle (mix 1:1 ratio of detergent and water)

2. Spray the pre-laundry liquid on stubborn stains and tap it with a brush

3。Make sure you use plenty of water for laundry. The normal laundry course will not have enough water.

- 40mL of detergent for 50-60L of water

- 30mL of detergent for 35-50L of water

- 20mL of detergent for 20-35L of water

4。 Mix water with detergent. Set your laundry machine, and start it up but without the laundry for the first 3 minutes.

5. Once the water and the detergent is mixed, place the laundries in the laundry machine.

6. Rinse your laundry once, and spin for 5 minutes. You'll have your laundry done perfectly and beautifully soft.

To Handwash Delicates like cashmere, silk, wool, etc:

1.Make a pre-laundry liquid in a spray bottle (mix1:1ratio of detergent and water)

2. Spray the pre-laundry liquid on stubborn stains and tap it with a brush

3. Put your items that require a light touch in a mesh laundry bag

4. Mix water with detergent. 5cc of detergent will be necessary for every 5L of water. If the item has a stubborn stain, pre-soak it using 40℃ water

5。Put your laundry in and wash them by hand. Keep the bag tight and tie it if necessary so that there isn’t excess space inside. It should be as compact as possible.

6. Put your laundry into the laundry machine and spin it for 1 minute

7. Rinse your laundries once using 5L of water

8. Spin your laundries again in the bag for 1 - 3minutes

9. Dry flat items such as knitted ones, which will lose shape when hung from a hanger.

Suuu Sponges

The Suuu brand originated from a technology group that has been developing super absorbent material for more than 60 years.

While making products that support high-tech industries where high quality technology is required, the engineers of Suuu have asked themselves this question:

Can this state-of-the-art technology be useful for everyone in their daily lives using water?

The result is the creation of wonderful and charming forms that had never existed before in sponges.

The name “Suuu” comes from the Japanese verb  “Suu” (吸う )- “to absorb” - the additional “u” indicates the enhanced absorbing powers of the sponges.

Suuu is a brand of everyday goods made of super absorbent material created in 2016 by Aion Corporation.

Polyvinyl alcohol and polyurethane, which have cultivated manufacturing technology since its basic patent establishment in 1951, are materials made of pores, also called functional precise porous body. Around 90% of the volume is made of pores.

Until now, the material has demonstrated its water-absorption qualities in state-of-the-art high-tech fields such as “precision-cleaning" of semiconductors.

As engineers, the creators hope that the almost magical water absorption power of the Suuu material will enrich people's everyday lives. For more enjoyment of usage, they have added a playful spirit in form of charming design and colours to the technological spirit of Suuu.

Before usage:

Massage and rinse product thoroughly with water.

The slightly coloured water comes from the material and is not unusual. As the product is hand-crafted, slight changes in colour or form can occur but this does not effect the product’s functional efficacy.

Usage:

Product becomes solid when dried.

When using the product for the first time or after it dried up, make it soft and moist first by rinsing it with water.

Place product on liquid you want to remove and absorb by pushing the product. Use cleansing lotion if necessary.

Clean product after usage to protect it from mold.

Warnings:

Do not use product for other purposes than absorbing liquids.

Minor damages on product do not affect its functional performance.

Keep away from cloths as product can lose colour.

Do not expose to boiling water, heat or direct sunlight.

Tanabata Star Festival

Tanabata, or the star festival, is on July 7. As the date approaches, long, narrow strips of colorful paper known as tanzaku, vibrant ornaments, and other decorations are hung from bamboo branches, enlivening the decor of homes as well as brightening shopping arcades, train stations, and other public spaces. Before they are hung, tanzaku are inscribed with a wish, such as a child’s dream of becoming a famous soccer player or a parent’s hope for career success.

Bamboo is thought to have become a part of the tanabata tradition for its propensity to grow straight and tall, with upward stretching branches bearing wishes to heaven on the wind.

According to the folktale, Orihime (Vega), a gifted weaver, and Hikoboshi (Altair), a hard-working cow herder, began to neglect their duties upon being wed. The couple incurred the wrath of the bride’s father Tentei, the emperor of heaven, and were exiled to separate ends of the Milky Way. They are granted a meeting each July 7 so long as they both diligently fulfill their celestial obligations during the other days of the year.

The legend behind the star festival first crossed over to Japan from China during the Nara period (710–94) in the form of a weaving festival for young women aspiring to bolster their talents on the loom. The story merged with the Japanese legend of tanabata-tsume, the tale of a celestial maiden who weaves clothes for the gods, as well as other native cultural aspects to produce a unique Chinese-infused Japanese tradition.

The traditional food of the star festival is sōmen. The long, thin noodles evolved from a woven Chinese sweet known in Japanese as sakubei, whose intertwined strands were thought to resemble both the Milky Way and the weaving threads worked by Orihime. Sōmen is commonly enjoyed in a light dipping sauce. Many parents will amuse their children by topping noodles with star-shaped slices of boiled okra.

It’s a day were it’s popular to wear colorful Yukata’s and enjoy the festival. 

Books on Minimalism and how to Declutter

In Japan, de-cluttering is about so much more than a little spring cleaning, when you do it properly and you will find some clear space to think and meditate.

Since the population in Japan is so large and we inhabit some of the smallest apartments, there is always the problem of clutter. Be it a stack of manga, clothes, shoes, etc, it is a constant battle to get rid of unused things.

If you go to your grandparents house you can either find the most minimalistic place or stacks of sentimental things that they don’t want to part with.

For precious things, we have a tradition where we burn them at the temple at new years. For good luck charms that are usually for 1 year, for family things that we cannot throw out as if they were trash, it is a way to respect and release items with a priest. It doesn’t have to be at new years but it is a nice tradition.

For most, we do the 4 season cleaning. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. The most important usually is in winter at the end of the year. A day or two of cleaning and organizing everything and then going to the hot springs to cleanse your body and soul. A type of meditation and reflection and shedding of the old and prepared for the present and new.

This has been translated by Ms. Marie Kondo, the de-cluttering guru who advocates the binning of any possessions that no longer spark joy or are unnecessary. Her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up”, has sold more than six million copies.

The Kondo concept is simple enough: empty our a cupboard of anything that you haven’t used in at least a year. If you want to store something, wrap it up, vaumme-pack it and keep it for another season. We have these at our store and it is a good way to store winter clothes, etc. We put some hiba or hinoki wood in as well to prevent any bacteria but gentle enough not to damage or stain your clothing.

In spring it is a good time to wash your cashmere and delicates. For this we have a good product by a brand at our store called Livrer Yokohama.

We also have storage bags so that you can vacuum pack your sweaters and Jackets. We also have cedar blocks to keep your clothes

Our dear friend and incredible architect, Fumihiko Sano, using the traditional form and tools, without nails. Everything is handmade. He recently penned the book called, “Goodbye, Things : The new Japanese Minimalism”. About the lightness when you get rid of unnecessary things. A true minimalist, yet always has impeccable style. 

Haru - Stuck On Design

Haru is the perfect tape that you can color up a room or a space. There are many colors and patters so whatever you can imagine, you can make. There are various sizes as well.

The tape sticks to the wall but is gently enough to put on and take off without ruining your walls or having to repaint.

The essence of this new collection has been made possible with our technology. Each material influences color, pattern and functionality (easy to come off, but with a lasting hold). Such functions were made possible with our experience in developing

There are different types of paper for different purposes.

Japanese washi paper can be thin but quite strong.

By incorporating this material, the tape can be easily torn with your hands, while still enjoying the matte finish and soft washi texture.

PET tape was developed for markings on hospital and gym-floors. The surface is glossy. Strong adhesive and easy removal without leaving traces reflects our technology.

OPP tape, transparent:

Made of material with a washi-like texture, the transparent part blends with the tape below, allowing the beautiful patterns to stand out. A variety of rich expressions is made possible by overlaying tapes of different material. Our technology allows us to provide you with the fine texture and adhesive strength best suited for your needs.

Please come see all the options that are available.