Wednesday 15 May 2013

New super cute mini daruma have arrived!

coloured daruma

We have just received a shipment of  mini daruma. We will be taking these to Liverpool to sell on our stall at the JSNW`s Japan Day on 1st June.

The default colour for daruma is red; however, daruma are now being made in different colours with the colour of your daruma being relevant to the task you are undertaking.

Both eyes of a daruma are initially blank.  When setting out on a task, the owner paints in one eye. Once the task has been fulfilled the second eye can be painted in!

We will be listing these mini daruma on our website soon.  For the time being you can purchase a red and white daruma pair or a green and blue daruma pair from our Amazon marketplace shop.

Thursday 9 May 2013

Popular Kimono

red crane kimono
Red Crane and Peony Cotton Kimono
Our beautiful purple Crane and Peony Kimono with its bold floral and flying crane design has proved extremely popular.  We are now stocking this design in red pictured left.

The crane, fabled to live for 1000 years, is regarded as a symbol of good fortune and longevity in Japan. A pair of cranes (due to mating couples staying together for life) also symbolizes fidelity.

We have several products featuring cranes including yukata and kimono wrappers, greetings cards, furoshiki wrapping cloths and earrings.  In addition, you may like to try your hand at making an origami crane with some of our beautiful origami papers.
Origami Earrings
Origami Crane Earrings with Cherry Blossom Design

Friday 3 May 2013

Hyper Japan Coming Soon!

We will be running a stall at Hyper Japan (Earls Court, London 26-28 July). Tickets are available to buy in advance from their website.  We will be bringing along a selection of new products including these cute miniature lucky cats.  

maneki neko

The colours of these lucky cats have the following meanings:
  •  white body - brings good luck 
  •  black body - wards off evil spirits and protects from illnesses 
  •  gold body - brings good fortune 
  •  blue body - brings success
  •  pink body - brings love 
  •  yellow body - brings money
  •  red body - protects from illnesses 
  •  green body - brings health