‘Tis the season for gift giving. Wrapping can be a ritual and a way to extend the love beyond what comes inside the package. There are so many creative approaches to wrapping, and in Japan they have perfected the art of wrapping – it is a ritual tradition and perfect art form. In the Art…

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You could say “I am my mother’s daughter”  in my love of folk art  and ephemera… apparently!  My mother’s collection through the years has inspired me to not only start my own collection, but to keep up with hers.  Although not technically folk art, she had amassed a collection of vintage Japanese wrapping papers and…

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I literally just stepped off the plane from one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Hawai’i.  Despite the need to be out from behind a desk, close to the lullaby of the ocean waves, still I couldn’t resist delving further into some traditional culture of the islands.  Little did I know this curiosity would lead to…

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Honestly,  I would have loved to have gone to Helsinki this year for the 50th anniversary of Marimekko; dreamed about going to those special anniversary events happening at the Marimekko Village……but alas, a couple weeks ago, for my quick fix,  I had the chance to go in the Marimekko store in Tokyo’s Ometesando.  Snapped these…

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Tenugui is a  “handy-wipe”, which Japanese carry with them for daily use. But, as you can see here, they are used in a variety of different ways; like as part of a costume for parade performers, as giftwrap for  presents, as wall art, as a sash or scarf. These pretty little textiles we’re neatly tied…

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In mid-November, I attended the Kokeshi Festival in Koenji (southwestern Tokyo).  Many vintage doll collections were for sale, as well as modern items with kokeshi doll designs, such as, tenugui, letter sets, pochi bukuro (mini envelopes), t-shirts, etc.So many cute products are now produced with kokeshi designs; of course, paper goods, like stationery sets, but…

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Check out this handmade tunic, created with our very own Kyosei paper or (Kyoseishi) by Utah artist Kaye Terry. Kyosei paper is crinkled by hand and repeatedly treated with a clear root starch, usually konnyaku, which results in a very pliable, sew-able, paper cloth. Thanks to Kaye Terry,  I’m inspired to make my own tunic…

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…our exclusive Laurelai paper of course! And the love is maternal, by Elaine Hsieh Chocolatier. The Floral Laurelai in rich purples seems like a perfect fit for her delectable chocolates; a lovely choice for Mother’s Day. Thanks Elaine!

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I found THE solution (well-almost) to my packing woes-as I anticipate another long voyage across the Pacific. It’s ORISHIKI. A hybrid word taken from origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, and furoshiki, the typically square fabric used for wrapping objects, this design by Naoki Kawamoto is literally “”out of the box”.  A 2-D design…

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Dec 1, 2010 was a lucky day or fateful day, not sure which….who am I kidding? It’s usually a little of both.  Visited my friend at her new digs in the best part of Tokyo…”Azabu”; more specifically Azabu-Juban. Azabu Juban is exactly the neighborhood of one of my all-time favorite stores “Blue & White”, founded…

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