Saturday 18 December 2021

Thursday 25 November 2021

Traditional style Kokeshi dolls - Christmas colours


These super cute kokeshi (£15 per doll) are available on our Etsy shop TheKokeshiDollShop

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Owls as lucky charms in Japan

Owl ornaments on sale at Japanya
Owls in Japan are considered lucky possibly because the word for owl, FUKURO ふくろう, is similar to the Japanese word for luck 福 pronounced FUKU. In addition, FUKU is associated with protection against bad luck (as in fukurou 不苦労 meaning “not having hardship/trouble”). 


Wednesday 20 October 2021

Vintage Kimono available on our Etsy shop

This fantastic furisode kimono would make a stunning wall display. Available on our etsy vintage kimono shop, JapaneseKimonoShop

Sunday 19 September 2021

Different types of Traditional Kokeshi

There are 11 types of traditional kokeshi named after the different hot spring areas where they are made (Tsugaru, Nanbu, Zao, Sakunami, Tsuchiyu, Hijori, Yajiro, Togatta, Naruko, Yamagata and Kijiyama).  Each type have distinctive styles with their own motifs, body styles, and facial features.  They are all highy collectable!    

Friday 20 August 2021

Dating your vintage kokeshi doll

Be careful when reading the date written on a vintage kokeshi doll's base! If the doll is vintage this will generally have been written using the Japanse nengo calendar and not the Western Gregorian calendar. The Japanese nengo calendar uses years based on the reigns of the Japanese emporers. For example, Naruhito, the current emperor, started his reign (known as the Reiwa era*) in 2019 hence the year 2021 is known as Reiwa 3. His father Akihito started his reign in 1989 the year of the death of his own father (Hirohito) hence 1989 is known as Showa 64 or Heisei 1 and 1990 is known as Heisei 2.

* each emperor's reign /era is allocated a name the last three being Showa (Hirohito) Heisei (Akihito) and Reiwa (Naruhito)

Thursday 24 June 2021

Find knee-length kimono gowns at Japanya!

Some new gowns added to our selection of knee-length happi kimono 

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Great ideas for Motivational / Inspirational Japanese Kanji Pendants

We can customise a Japanese Pendant for you.  Please make a request from our Etsy Orinique shop. Here are some pendants that we have made for customers recently:

"Believe in Yourself" - the Japanese is 自分を信じる which reads "jibun o shinjiru".

"Do your Best" - 最善を尽くす which means "do something to the best of one's ability"

"Follow your Dreams" - 夢を追い求めて which reads "yume o oimotomete"

Sunday 21 March 2021

Hanami, "flower viewing", is an important part of the Japanese calendar. Originally referring to the viewing of plum (ume) hanami now mainly refers to cherry blossom viewing. During the cherry blossom season In Japan many people take picnics and drink sake under the cherry blossom trees. 

Japanese Gifts

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Friday 1 January 2021

Super Cute Set of 7 Lucky Daruma to bring luck!

Red - wards of illness, yellow - brings money, gold - fortune, white - good luck, green - health, black - wards off evil, pink - love. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a box of 70 of these super cute mini darumas.