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A Closer Look at Jusan-Ya

A Closer Look at Jusan-Ya

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Combs can be very personal items and in some instances seen as spiritual objects. The Japanese word for comb, kushibi, translates to “working with spirits” because in ancient times, people would…

The Rousokuza Candle Tradition

The Rousokuza Candle Tradition

Written by Stevenson Aung

We recently released a selection of candles by the Takazawa Candle Co. and we’re happy to be one of the few retailers introducing a broad range of Japanese candles available outside…

A Closer Look at Uchino

A Closer Look at Uchino

Written by Stevenson Aung

We recently released six distinct styles of Japanese towels in our shop and wanted to give you some insights into the acclaimed manufacturer and brand, Uchino.  With headquarters in Tokyo,…

Sharpening the Future of Tajika: The Hands Behind the Scissors

Sharpening the Future of Tajika: The Hands Behind the Scissors

Written by Stevenson Aung

When I first held a pair of Tajika scissors, I knew they embodied the level of artistry and craft I looked for in all our curated products. The hammered texture, the raw finish and the elegant curves of the forged steel…

Shaping the Kitchen with every Apron: Chatting with Hedley and Bennett

Shaping the Kitchen with every Apron: Chatting with Hedley and Bennett

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Until now, my only memories of aprons send me way back to childhood summer vacations at my grandparents’ house where I was forced to wear them while washing the dishes. They have never provoked much…

Joining Forces with Overhaul Media

Joining Forces with Overhaul Media

Written by Stevenson Aung

This is the team behind our beloved website! We first came in contact with Overhaul Media’s work through the website they did for our friends at Canadian menswear retailer, Haven….

Awakening the Raw Material: A Dialogue with Oji Masanori

Awakening the Raw Material: A Dialogue with Oji Masanori

Written by Stevenson Aung

It’s 3pm on a pleasant Tokyo afternoon, our train intercom prompts us that JR Kawagoe station is approaching. We were told to wait at the station for a ride that will bring us to the studios of Oji & Design. Once we debark…

Joining Forces with Armando Rafael Moutela

Joining Forces with Armando Rafael Moutela

Written by Stevenson Aung

Some of you have been wondering who takes the beautiful photographs on Nalata Nalata, so we wanted to introduce him to you. Meet our very good friend Armando Rafael Moutela. We’ve…

Design Insights: A Conversation with Rina Ono

Design Insights: A Conversation with Rina Ono

Written by Stevenson Aung

I first meet Rina Ono awaiting me at the exit of the JR Kawagoe Station, when I arrive to this distant borough of Tokyo. It’s always a thrill for me to meet fellow designers, but particularly when one has designed…

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