An Introduction

Mingeiarts represents the essence of traditional Japanese life that moves not only the spirit, but adds richness to peoples’ lives. All merchandise offered by mingeiarts is unique, unusual, and true to custom, craft, and function. We travel to Japan on a regular basis to buy handcrafted and original Japanese objects for our clientele, and to […]

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Know the Difference betwe...

The ability to see, examine and interpret is critical to collecting! Read about the subject and continue to search for those exceptional pieces, particularly those depicting customs. Visit antiques shops, museums, and antique shows that specialize in Orientalia. Never hesitate to ask questions. Attend lectures and discussion groups on the subject of your interest so […]

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What is the Difference be...

Purchasing Awareness — Antique — An antique is any object, (fine art, folk art, craft), created 100 or more years ago, which tells us something about the earlier times of its culture, its symbolism, and /or its myths and legends. In many cases, older objects were born out of a utilitarian need for everyday living, […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: ...

Descriptive Qualities: As featured in the book Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition, this abstract representation of young girl moon watching, with pigtails flying, and wonderful Tonbo depicted on her clothing, illustrate the contemporary nature surrounding Kokeshi making. These unique lathe-turned, hand-painted dolls show a technical competence by the artist. Very little […]

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Serendipity - Serendipiti

セレンディピティ Possessing the gift to find the unique and unusual is a talent that all collectors hope to acquire. These fortunate discoveries, by accident, are called “sleepers” when you find them in the least expected place. Here you can find information and pieces on Okimono, Netsuke, Lighting, Folk Carvings, Hanging Scrolls, Scroll Weights, Erotica and […]

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Textiles & Accessories - ...

テキスタイル&髪飾り The Japanese have traditionally viewed textiles as an embodiment of not only beauty, but as family heirlooms and repositories of history. The Noren replaces doors and welcomes guests, woven tatami mats cover the floors; and the Japanese lady, eschewing jewelry, beautifully-woven, embroidered, dyed, or painted silk Kimono and Obi, and adorned herself with exquisite […]

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Lacquerware- Shikki

漆器 While China originally developed the use of lacquer as a surfacing material, it was the Japanese who refined the various techniques of lacquer application, with stunning use of gold maki.e and silver powders. In pieces ranging from an Inro to letter boxes, trays, and even furniture, Japanese lacquerware reigns supreme.

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Dolls & Toys - Ningyo & O...

人形&おもちゃ “A nation without toys is a nation doomed to ruin” says an old adage. The Japanese are well known for doll and toy making, of which the most popular is the amazing toy known as Kokeshi.

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Metal Work - Kinzoku zaik...

金属工業細工 The Japanese have been crafting amazing metal works for many centuries. Starting with the samurai’s sword and its fittings, and encompassing sculptures, vases, boxes, and lanterns, the Japanese are unsurpassed in the use of mixed metals. Their metal crafts were the major influence in the 1880’s in Europe and America.

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Woodblock Prints— Mokuh...

木版印刷 木版印刷 Coloured woodblock prints are virtually the only truly Japanese art form, and in early years, illustrated traditional stories in book form. Nothing in the Western world can match the quality of the Japanese print. Click on our woodblock section and experience the history and traditions of the Japanese culture.

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Ceramics & Studio Pottery...

スタジオ陶器 Japanese ceramics and porcelain are some of the most highly-prized and collected pieces in the world. From the beautifully decorated, ornate Imari and Kutani porcelain, to the simplest, unadorned Raku-fired tea bowl, begin or add to your collection by clicking here.

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Shiwan Pottery | Mud Figu...

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石灣陶塑|泥圖 Mud figures were and are created in South China, in Kwangtung Province, in the town of Shiwan, which lies in one of the many waterways within the delta of the Pearl River, an area which long has been a center of numerous Chinese crafts, in which we see exceptional expression and individuality representing everyday […]

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