December 30, 2014

New Year Holiday - Resuming Shipping on January 5th, 2015

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Our new year holidays are from Tuesday, December 31st, 2014 to Sunday, January 4th, 2015, and we will resume shipping on Monday, January 5th, 2015. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will keep orders received during our holidays.

Wishing everyone a  wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2015!

December 29, 2014

"Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" tenugui stock finally refilled!

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We would like to inform that the Kanji "Fu-rin-ka-zan" tenugui have been restocked. It took us about half a year to get these items from the maker in Gun'ma Prefecture, as the maker took this tenugui production schedule all behind to the end of the year.
These Kanji characters describe the four tactics that "Takeda Shingen" (1521-1573), the Sengoku (one century warring states period of 1500s) Daimyo (a land lord), adopted as his troop's battle standard.
We hope this tenugui will be suitable for a gift, too!

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December 22, 2014

Redisplaying Furoshiki Category

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We are now re-displaying the Furoshiki category, as we have finished matching the warehouse stock and the number of items on the website.

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December 16, 2014

Stocktaking of Sensu completed

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As we have completed matching the stock number on the website with the number of items stocked at our warehouse, we are now displaying the sensu category once again.

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December 12, 2014

Furoshiki and Sensu are not displayed o the website at this moment.

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We are sorry that Furoshiki and Sensu categories are not displayed at this moment while we are checking the consistency between our warehouse real stock and the number of stock inputs on our website. We are also matching the stock with internal documents for managing the stock. Some inconsistency occurred while repeating restocking. This work may take some durations. We are sorry for this disorganization we have.

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Ken Yoshimura, the manager

November 23, 2014

Sensu, Tenugui, and Furoshiki stock refilled

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Some items were swept away from October to early November sales,  so we have restocked the missing items. We are sorry that it took one and a half months (or more for some items!) to refill these stock.

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October 14, 2014

If PayPal sent you an invalid screen, Its Workaround !

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I would like to share this trouble information with customers. This issue doesn't happen to all customers, but in a few case PayPal displays a invalid payment screen when trying to pay with a credit card.  On a trouble screen, dropdown box (pull down menu) does not work at all. When you try to select a specific country, state or province you live in, the set of selection is not displayed and you cannot proceed the payment. The menu selections seem to be turned off.
I am asking PayPal technical team and our EC company (that provides shopping cart service) to solve this issue. PayPal claims that this issue derives from wrong parameters that should be passed to the payment screen. But I think it is still PayPal's responsibility to send back an error message when unexpected data type or argument are received, and it is weird to make the selection turned off.

Anyhow, if this issue happens to your case, please inform us, then we will manually create a new billing form (an invoice) so that you can pay for the order.
I am describing the phenomena in the chart below.

Thank you very much for your attention.
Ken Yoshimura, the shopkeeper

September 27, 2014

New Sake Set Added

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We have added some more Sake sets (sets of Tokkuri bottles and Sakazuki cups). We have selected simpler designs for the bottles and cups as they look more traditional.  Please click each of the photo to jump to the item's shopping page.
These sets are porcelains made at Toki City (Gufu Prefecture) where various kinds of porcelain tableware are produced for hundreds of years (presumably from 1,300's). The surrounding region is called Minou, and more than half the porcelain tableware consumed in Japan very year are produced in this region. The porcelains produced in the region has a nickname of "Seto-Mono". "Seto" is a city located in the adjacent prefecture of Aichi, and this city used to be a major production area. Even after the major production area moved to Minou (some north of Seto),  these porcelains are named after the city name.
In Toki city, an exhibition center of porcelains welcomes visitors who look for Seto-Mono of many kinds. Not only for exhibiting, the center sells the porcelains with a direct price from potters as this center is established and run by the funds from 100 potters doing business in the city.  If you visit the center, a map of potters' locations is provided for free. However, the region is distributed widely, the roads are narrow, and it is not easy to reach each potter. Especially visiting of summertime is quite tiring, which I did. No bus tour, no rent-a-cycle, no parking lots near potters, so it was quite a challenging to visit each potter. I would recommend you to shop at the center if you ever have a chance to visit the city.

Here are just bottles for Sake.

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September 18, 2014

New Macchawan Tea Cups Added

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We have added new Macchawan (抹茶碗) or Japanese traditional tea cups. "Maccha" stands for green tea powders of a traditional tea ceremony, and "Chawan" stands for tea cups. All together, "Maccha-Chawan" is abbreviated to "Macchawan".

These distorted shapes are of antique style from 16th century. They are intentionally designed in these ways, not kids' works!  At a traditional tea ceremony, a tea master strives to express his mind and attitude to guests through the choice of Macchawan.  However, for a daily tea time, we recommend these different shaped tea cups for enjoying oriental style and green power tea.

We will introduce how to make green tea and the style through this blog in a couple of weeks.

These products come from Minou (美濃), the south of Gifu Prefecture (close to Nagoya industrial zone), and Minou is the most major region where porcelains and Chawan are produced.

New Lineup

And, standard size tea cups..These are the cups for "Sencha" (steamed tea).

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September 8, 2014

Added more new tenugui

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We have added more new tenugui from Gun'ma Prefecture. These items are listed here.

New Lineup

Traditional Wave Design - Dark Red

Traditional Wave Design - Blue

Checkerboard design - Dark Green

Checkerboard design - Brown

Gun'ma Prefecture's mascot - Gun'ma Chan Horse

Gun'ma Prefecture's mascot - Gun'ma Chan Horse under Sakura Tree


Buddhist Sutra

Simple Gourd design 

Pirate symbol on black base color

Daruma Dolls

Cleaning Cats

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