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. 

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.

MOKULOCK Wood Blocks

Mokulock was a brand created by a technical company that makes electronic machinery, devices, parts, home appliances, medical equipment/medical electronic equipment, jigs, tools, mold components and toys.

MOKULOCK BLOCKS was primarily designed to develop children’s creativity and enhance their senses by stimulating them with its characteristics driven by its natural materials.

Despite such background, MOKULOCK’s customers are not limited to TOY retailers but all adults in DESIGN industry because of its appearance. The common impressions of people who touch MOKULOCK for the first time are very positive with unexpected joy and satisfaction of confirming the alternative utility of unused yet sustainable material.

Conditioning the natural material at the best moisture and temperature level is the most important process of making a precise toy, which will last for long time. The wood is dried for 6 months in a small room with a hydromatic heating system. It is then sent to be cut by a machine robot and then sanded by hand. After that each piece is inspected to make sure that it is flawless. From there everything is taken to the packaging facility. This company supports disabled people and relies on them to do the packaging.

Lifestyle of co-existing with nature nearby and depending on resources produced through cultivating the forest is still rooted in everyday life for many, making the unchanging character of the people of Yamagata.

Preservation of Natural Resources:

They maintain the local mountains for healthier environment.

Together with the help by local children, even MOKULOCK sawdust plays an important role as the fertilizer.

Since trees cannot thrive when growing close together in the mountains without sunlight filtering in, some trees in Yamagata are carefully cut down in winter using snow as a cushion. Trees cut down for forest thinning, and ones unsuited for architecture or furniture uses are to be processed into pieces that provide us delightful lives with warmth.

Since different types of wood are used, you will receive a box of different types of woods which include: Japanese Cherry, Japanese Zelkova, Hornbeam, Maple, Birch, Japanese Magnolia.

MOKULOCK is simply carved out from a solid piece of wood. No surface finishing oil, chemical, paint, or glue is used.

Moreover, MOKULOCK’s safeness has been proved by qualifications of various safety standard examinations around the world.

MARCOMONDE Socks

MARCOMONDE was launched in 2007.

MARCOMONDE is a coined word consisting of [MARCO=MARCO POLO] and [MONDE=WORLD]. It is a Japanese brand which offers products, mainly legwear. For each season, a country or a city is chosen as a theme, and products are designed and made after the designer actually visits the place and experiences culture, seeing their folk crafts, climate and inhabitants.

In the 13th century, Marco Polo, merchant in Venezia, made a voyage aboard a big boat, searching for the spice that had a value equivalent to gold. And he provided people in the world with the foreign culture that no one on those days had ever seen. A travel would build up the spiritual richness in a person. Since those days when Marco Polo lived, it has still remained unchanged even today that a person starts traveling, longing for the culture and history in a foreign country.

Brand, “MARCOMONDE,” is proposing on a collection by collection basis those items which would permit you to feel as if you were traveling in a country, with one of her eras taken for the collection’s theme, just like a pleasant happening you may encounter there during your travel.

We have their current collection for both male and female clients.

MARCOMONDE also have  a selection of “Tabi” socks. Tabi are traditional Japanese socks dating back to the 15th century when everyone wore geta or zori shoes which are similar to current flip flops where your large toe is separated from the other ones. This gives you good balance.  Many people still wear Tabi socks. In Japan, workmen also still use a type of  black Tabi  shoes because they more comfortable and give better stability while working.

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Yoshida Kaban bags with New Colors

With a fresh new design and new colors. Gray and navy were added to the “Union Series” with new colors. 

A lightweight cotton backpack series using a polyester canvas fabric with characteristics that are difficult to scratch and discolor. The front pocket with work wear and tool waist bag motif is a point tag with rivets and an impressive green color name tag (gray and navy tags of the same color as the body) point. 

The series was designed as a record bag for DJ’s containing cushioning material, it is a rare item in PORTER. The sewing of the handle part is finished carefully, and it is designed to withstand hard use.

Flex is a Casual and packable series made of nylon ripstop. Foldable and light, this product is suitable for everyday use, travel and outdoor activities. With packable bags, Boston bags, Tote bags, and rucksack, a bonsack (a one-shoulder sack similar to the ones used by people in the military which now comes in 3 sizes).

Nylon ripstop fabric aka parachute cloth is used, which has a ripstop effect from its plaid pattern woven with a thick nylon yarn. Since it prevents a whole from being expanded further, the fabric is commonly used for military ponchos and outdoor clothing. Retroreflective fabric is used for PORTER name tag, which reflects light back to its source. 

This is such a convenient bag to take traveling or shopping as it folds up in a small bag and can be taken out and filled up with whatever you need to carry. It is also strong enough to use as check in luggage.

Previously the colors available were: black, olive drab and navy, which represent military colors. Currently Their new colors include a bright orange and gray.

Camellia Oil : Japanese Womens Beauty Secret since ancient times.

Camellia flowers are quite thick and their seeds are very large. The oil is extracted from the seeds. This is a quite a thick oil made from pure camellia called tsubaki. The oil is rich in Oleic Acid which doesn't evaporate or get dry. It is originally created for Japanese woman’s hair, which is thicker than lighter colored hair. Until the Edo period, Japanese women kept their hair very long sometimes never cutting in during their lives. Some women’s hair grew up to 7 meters long. This strong oil kept it shiny, soft, and healthy. From princesses to geisha to regular women, this was the oil that women used. In fact  Maiko and Geisha apply much more than normal woman because they want that super shiny look.

- 100% vegetable oil

- Free of fragrance and color

- For Hair Treatment, use 1-3 drops on damp hair, then blow dry (see illustrations on website)

- Other uses: It can also be used as scalp care oil pack, and moisturizer for your skin.

For a very limited time we have this famous product at our store.

Sugai World Clips

“Sugai World” clips are very  and come in different styles … animals, monster characters, etc.

An interview with Sugai World is as follows:

 

Q.1 What is the SUGAI WORLD ?

We are tokyo based happy design gift maker.

We plan and design all of our products, and ask Japanese factories to make them.

We are committed to creating unique and playful products, mainly stationery. And we are trying to make them from eco-friendly material as much as possible.

Q.2 How did it start the SUGAI WORLD, Inc.?

When our founder, Yu SUGAI, was working for another company, he started writing down his ideas about things that can change the life more comfortable and happier. (There are more than 20 idea-notebooks now. That was a way to reduce his stress in the packed train of everyday.

At first, He was just enjoying sharing his ideas with his friends. But someday, one of them said to him, “Your ideas are so fun! Why don’t you make them?” and he said “Why not !? Let’s do that!! “.

In 2011, we made the first product “Mustache-it”, a mustache shaped sticky note.

For the first 2 years, we were selling only the one. “Mustache-it” became a quite big hit riding the mustache-boom which came in those days. (That was a beginner’s luck!)

Q.3 What is the purpose of the SUGAI WORLD products?

People in Japan works very hard in a small space. So we want to make them to be able to work happier with our products. And also, we hope the same thing about people all of the world. Our mission is “give imagination and dream to the world ”.

Q.4 What is the dream of the SUGAI WORLD?

To communicate with people all over the world through our products. And we believe that will be a part of the world peace.

Koinobori - Boys Day & Children's Day

In Japan May 5th is Children's day and we celebrate with Koinobori, which are carp streamers which the wind passes through and makes them look like they are swimming.

Koinobori (鯉のぼり), meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped kind of wind are hung out of your window and all over Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku (端午の節句), a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday: Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi, 子供の日). These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other non-woven fabric, now nylon are the most popular. They are then allowed to flutter in the wind. They are also known as satsuki-nobori (皐のぼり).

Children's Day takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

A typical koinobori set consists of, from the top of the pole down, a pair of arrow-spoked wheels (矢車 yaguruma) with a ball-shaped spinning vane, flying-dragon streamer (飛龍吹流し hiryū fukinagashi) that looks like a windstock. The number and meaning of the carp socks or koinobori that fly beneath the streamer has changed over time. Traditionally, the set would contain a black koinobori representing the father, followed by a smaller, red koinobori representing his eldest son. If more boys were in the household, an additional blue, green and then, depending on the region, either purple or orange koinobori were added. After the government's decree that converted Boy's Day (Tango no Sekku) into the present Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi), the holiday came to celebrate the happiness of both boys and girls. As a result, the red koinobori came to represent the mother of the family and it is not uncommon for the color to be varied as pink. Similarly, the other colors and sizes of carp came to represent all the family's children, both sons and daughters. At present, the koinobori are commonly flown above the roofs of houses with children, with the biggest (black) koinobori for the father, next biggest (red or pink) for the mother, and an additional, smaller carp of a different color for each child in decreasing order by age.

These koinobori range from a few centimetres to a few metres long. In 1988, a 100m long koinobori weighing 350kg was made in Kazo, Saitama. 

The carp was chosen as a symbol for Childrens Day because Japanese consider it the most spirited fish -- so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.

Since these are also traits desired in boys, samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery.

Children's Day, has been celebrated for more than 700 years, but no one knows exactly when or why it began. One story says that it started in the year 1282, as a celebration for a victory won by samurai warriors in a battle with invaders.

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Reiwa - The beginning of a new Era in Japan


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Reiwa, written 令和will be the new era, which will officially commence on May 1, 2019 when the emperor abdicates the throne and transitions the role to his son. In the coming days, much will be said and written about the meaning behind the new name. 

We experienced a devastating natural disaster, which shook us all to the core. There was a change in our general mentality of how precious life is. Each moment must be lived and enjoyed and instead of just working to make money, many people changed to find work that brings us happiness. Instead of procrastinating, many went to actively chase their dreams. We care more now about what we eat and where our food comes from. Slow living has become a priority. A deep appreciation of the change of seasons and enjoying all the beauty around us. 

The term Reiwa was derived from the Manyoshu, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry dating back to around the mid-700s. The poem describes the scent of plum-blossoms carried by an early Spring breeze and appear in Japanese as: 初春の令月にして、気淑く風和らぎ、梅は鏡前の粉を披、蘭は珮後の香を薫らす

Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum offers the following translation from a 1971 publication:

When with the first month comes the spring,

Thus breaking sprays of plum-blossom,

We’ll taste pleasure to the full

Showa Day - The Beginning of Golden Week Holiday

Showa no Hi marks the first day of Golden week at the end of April.

It was originally celebrated as the birthday of emperor Hirohito, the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989. The purpose of the holiday was to reflect on his life, as well as the rebuilding of Japan after WW2.

After his death is was “Greenery Day” and is the first day of Japan’s Golden Week, which is one of the longest holidays for Japanese people. There are 4 national holidays (Beginning with Showa Day, then Constitution Day, Greenery Day and Children’s Day), with the combination of the weekend’s it is a celebrated time to go on Holidays. In Japan we have less holidays that those that live in western countries so we prepare in advance. Naturally it is one of the busiest time to travel within Japan and overseas. Even for those who do not travel far, it is a time to enjoy the countryside and Spring. 

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