Ryoma Rum

Ryoma is a 7-Year rum from Japan.

The rum produced by Kikusui, a distillery located on the southern island of Shikoku, in a village in the east of Kohi prefecture, which is known as the oldest producer of sugar cane in Japan. The sugar cane is freshly pressed and then aged for 7 years in oak barrels. Rum made from sugar cane juice tastes different from rum made from molasses. The final taste is full of rich vanilla and caramel fragrances.

Ryoma Rum is named after Sakamoto Ryōma, a prominent figure in the Tokugawa shogun's overthrow, marking the end of Japan's last feudal military government that transitioned in 1868.

In presentation box. 70cl. 40%

We have this rum at our store.

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Japanese Basket Vases

Bamboo is a common theme in Japanese literature and a favored subject of painters and craftsmen. With the abundance of bamboo in Japan and the variety of species, we have many uses for it.

Along with the evergreen pine and plum, which is the first flower of spring, bamboo is a part of the traditional Three Friends of Winter. The three are a symbol of steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. Japanese artists have often represented bamboo enduring inclement weather, such as rain or snow, reflecting its reputation for being flexible but unbreakable, and its association with steadfastness and loyalty.

These “karamono” baskets had formal, symmetrical structures with tightly plaited weaves. It was the 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591) who advocated for a simple, austere wabi-cha style with natural and spontaneous or seemingly artless utensils. These tea utensils established a Japanese bamboo art distinct. Baskets were developed to appear in a natural, asymmetric style, called wamono (Japanese-style, 和物). Recognition of bamboo craftsmanship as a traditional Japanese decorative art began at the end of the 19th century, and became accepted as an art form.

Most of the master artisans designated Living National Treasures are selected from among participants in the annual Japan Kōgei Association exhibitions. Whereas the annual Japan Art Academy exhibitions (日展, Nitten) emphasize artistic expression, the Art and Crafts exhibitions prioritize the preservation of traditional skills and typically feature functional, though modern, baskets. In the postwar era, many of the leading bamboo artists were linked to established lineages.  Although most artists are men, a number of female artists have emerged recently, such as Toshie Ōki (大木 淑恵), and Setsuko Isohi (磯飛 節子, 1964)

Strong, yet lightweight and flexible, bamboo is a challenging material to work with. Mastering the art involves not only weaving the bamboo, but harvesting, processing, dyeing and splicing it. Yet, it has huge potential to be expressive.

Since the ancient days this tradition has carried on with many new designers and craftsmen who have come up with different styles.  

We have a selection of vintage baskets at our store. Many different styles. All are precious, we buy them in Japan from specialist dealers. 

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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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.

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!

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.

Kinto

KINTO

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Kinto design studio since 1972. A brand specializing in professional and home use coffee and tea accessories.

Let your day be filled with what inspires you.

It's about slowing down and seeing the beauty of nature in the change of seasons. It's about savoring a delightful dish with close family and friends to unwind and feel wholesome. It's about coming to understand the joys of finding things that feel just right in your hands. We imagine the scenes that enrich your life to develop and bring you products with genuine creativity and thoughtfulness.

Usability and aesthetics. We as makers, value the balance between these two elements. Products with an ease of use is comforting to all the senses and lead to a growing fondness over time. A tableware with elegant presence blends naturally with the living space and adds color to daily life. 

We aspire to create products that stand by you in your everyday life. This is why we continue to seek inspiration from moments and stories held precious by the users. We work to create products which will inspire and give fulfillment with every touch and use.

Inspirations may come from dining experiences, interior spaces, or fields such as fashion. Our passion is ignited by diverse cultures and lifestyles. Often our designs are rooted in Japanese traditions and interpreted in a way that fits with the modern lifestyles all around the world.

To make the daily life richer and more comfortable.

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.

Buube Children's Apparel

The founder of the brand, Naoyuki was born in Tokyo in 1977. She graduated from Fashion Institute Technology New York.

He continued to do packaging and graphic design for the client such as Isetan, Converse, Nike and various fashion stores as a freelance designer since graduating from university.

““I was at a turning point 7 years ago. Almost my works were not independent but depending on the partner of brand. It was that that I decided start over and study design again.””

— NAOYUKI

While being a huge fan of Japanese craftsmanship she started noticing that many prominent factories have moved to China. The quality of, “Made in China” products are improving every year, however she started to think about what Japanese identity is.

She collected any historical graphic design and typography books all over the world. With her collection she started up the online library and book store for graphic designer and students. Most visitors of her website are based in Europe. Among other activities, she regularly teaches graphic design in Tokyo.

After becoming a mother 3 years ago, she studied and learned about childcare including baby and kids fashion, child education. Her impression was that children need to be surrounded by and have an education in art and design, along with her older students.

She came up with product idea with Japanese standard baby products, adding modern design concept for baby and kids item. Each product contains a wish for a good design education.

This is how bib brand began. As her son grew she added additional products including baby and children’s apparel.

The name of a brand is “buube", this doesn’t mean anything and can be pronounced in different ways, because all of new-born babies can’t speak a specific language. It’s just the word which you could imagine coming from a baby in any country. 

Maruyama Nawrap Towels

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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Hightide Tape Dispenser

A simple, rugged steel tape dispenser. With rust and scratch resistant hammer tone finish, industrial coloring. With two sizes of S / L, S size is perfect for masking tape etc. It is a tape base that is perfect for professional use with a bottom screw hole for fixing to a wall or desk. L size upgraded the body weight, renewed more easy to use on the desktop.

Nagashi Somen:

Nagashi Somen is a unique way of serving the thin white noodle via flowing cold water, conventionally slide down from sliced bamboo that is sliced in half. Diners will have to use chopstick to pick up the noodles as they float down from the bamboo pipe, dip them into cold dipping sauce before eating, as would the way we eat cold soba.

The most famous Nagashi Somen can be found at Hirobun restaurant, situated in Kibune, Kyoto. They only serve Nagashi Somen in the Summer, when you can sit on a platform "Kawadoko (川床)" with the river as background while having fun enjoying your noodle in a bizarre manner. But you will have to be skillful and quick though, noodles that aren't caught will not be re-cycled. And when you see the red somen coming, that means it's your final chance before giving up your seat to others in the queue. Chances are, you will not feel full after the session, but it's the experience you are after anyway.

It is a wonderful refreshing summer dish and very fun.

Yuzu Kosho - Japanese Citris Pepper

Japanese condiment made from fresh chiles (most often green or red Thai or bird's eye chiles) then fermented with salt along with zest and juice from yuzu.

Yuzu kosho is a chilies (usually green or red bird’s eye chilies) which is fermented with  yuzu (Japanese citris) until it becomes a thick delicious paste. We like to have it in mixed in with the soy sauce used to dip in sashimi, sometimes gyoza, etc. It’s a wonderful seasoning from everything including sauces, dressings, and we use it on everything from grilled meats, vegetables, beef tartar, pizza’s, etc.

Beautiful balance between green chili and fresh yuzu, no bitterness. One thing that is particularly special is that it cuts through strong flavors such as fish, fatty meats, etc without overwhelming the taste. It just lightens and freshens the taste.

Ingredients: Yuzu peel, pepper, salt.

Come try some at our store. If you like your food with a little spice, you will be addicted like we are.

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