Vintage Japanese Yukata |...

The Yukata is a casual light unlined cotton garment for wearing in summer. Today these garments are mainly worn to the traditional Bon-Odori and summer festivals. The relative simply construction of yukata means Japanese women and men can put the yukata on unassisted, (typically two colors, (indigo & taupe), is the standard color for men). This […]

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House of Cards (Small) | ...

As noted by Charles Eames, “Toys are not really as innocent as they look.  Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.” The Eames designed the original House of Cards in 1952 and made in West Germany, with revisions in 1961 and 1999 showing the evolution of this collaborative teaching tool. Exemplifying familiar and nostalgic objects […]

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Japanese Bamboo Sake Glas...

This style of basket was sometimes used for displaying fruit during the sencha tea ceremony but typically used to hold small tea or sake glasses while serving. Unlike the more refined morikago style fruit baskets, this signed antique basket is more rustic in nature with an open weave and the use of bamboo root and […]

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Vintage Japanese TA-I, Re...

This mold is a two piece complete set. Rakugan are dry sweets that have been pressed into a shaped mold as shown in these images. The name “rakugan” describes the sheet’s original 17th century form, when the pale, powdery blocks were sprinkled with a few black sesame seeds, thought to resemble a flock of geese […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

The custom of carrying a baby on either the mother’s, household aid’s, an extended family member, or farm laborers back developed when a mother had to continue to do her house work or farming work without leaving the baby alone. Baby carriers are ideal for busy parents, for babies love to be close to their Mothers. […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

Shown is a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden. This mud figure is extremely beautiful, for she is fully-glazed, with the exception of her elongated hands and face, and is seated holding a yellow basket, beautifully detailed, with a fish inside. She has a flower at the side of her hair, which […]

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Vintage Japanese Hisamine...

These “Uzura-Guruma” are children’s toys and a charm that was once sold the gates at the temples of Hisamine and Hokke-dake in Kyushu, at the southern tip of Japan. The “Uzura-Guruma” is a piece of crudely-shaped wood with operable wheels. It has a pattern on its body, speckled in red and black colors. In spite […]

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Vintage Kokeshi Doll Nodd...

Description — This wonderful 1950s Kokeshi Toy is quite rare in that the post has a completely detailed Kokeshi nodder doll capping off the piece. The post is painted in Rokuru-moyo horizontal stripes, (red and green), and is mounted on a concentric circle base with painted rings all in the varying widths. There are five […]

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Japanese Tetsubin | Bronz...

This Tetsubin is a wonderful example of the Japanese Art of cast iron and made of Karakane, (reddish-bronze based metal), has a chased cast iron/bronze cap, finial, body, and spout, with a persimmon motif that overlaps the body and cap, (lid). The exterior finish, which is referred to as “hada”, (the grainy texture of this […]

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Vintage Japanese Shunga, ...

Two panel floor screen with four Japanese Shunga full-color paintings on silk laid onto washi paper, representing an amorous couple/intruder engaged in a variety of lovemaking techniques, situations, positions and possibilities. These scenes are infused with passion in a way unimaginable in Western art. The concentration on this pleasurable physical exercise is so intense that […]

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Vintage Lacquered Kushi a...

Vintage Japanese Golden bakelite Red and Gold Lacquered Kushi (Comb) and Kanzashi (Hairpin) set with Mother of Pearl, (Aogai), inlay on one side with kiku blossoms, (chrysanthemum), on both sides. The kanzashi, with ‘ear cleaner’ scooped end, is similarly decorated. The use of the blue-green inside of the abalone, (aogai in Japanese), was introduced to […]

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Ukiyo-e | Matsukata Colle...

There has been a trend to seek a new understanding of the culture of the Edo period as a whole, and along with this trend the public interest in ukiyo-e prints is rising, too. Ukiyo-e is a style of art which was born, nursed and led to its golden age within the Edo period. Undoubtedly, […]

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