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A collaboration


A small collaboration between Sumi Eco Paper and Bocchan Soap. Hata-so-shoten, the soap manufacturer, fell in love with this charcoal paper for its ability to absorb moisture. Bocchan Soap is made using traditional methods, and one weakpoint is its abundant moisture. By using Sumi Eco Paper as simple packaging, the soap is kept fresh and dry. The photo is of the soap sold... Read More

Potsu Potsu…the sound of rain


  Potsu Potsu is the sound that rain makes when it hits the ground. Kyu Kyu is the sound that a fabric makes when it is pinched and picked up.   There are the numerous onomatopoeic expressions in Japanese language. k.i.w.a collections are named after such unique depictions of natural phenomenon and movements.   Potsu Potsu and Kyu Kyu are chosen to be exhibited at... Read More

OIGEN’s newest collection-k.i.w.a-


The website of OIGEN’s latest collection ‘k.i.w.a’ is now opened. Click here OIGEN revealed k.i.w.a collection to the world at the one of the biggest gift shows held last year in summer, New York International Gift Fair 2012. (featured in past blog: click here) While OIGEN is known for tea ceremony items, such as ‘tetsubin (kettle)’ and tea pot, and cookware, k.i.w.a... Read More

Japanese gardening philosophy in small potting ‘yoseue’


Sho = pine tree Chiku = bamboo Bai = plum tree Above three plants are known to represent “good luck” and “happiness” in Japan. Given this, Sho Chiku Bai are used for New Year’s decoration. If you are free on this coming Saturday, Dec. 8th, and happen to be around Tokyo, why don’t you come join Mr. Sakai’s New Year’s ‘good... Read More

Enjoy and Experience the Traditional Crafts!


Jasper Morrison, a prominent industrial designer, and OIGEN have collaborated to create a new series Palma! You can see what kind of miracle happen when modern design meets the authentic technique.   The design has been proved by being nominated as a Japan representative for ELLE DECO International Design Awards. This is an award given to the best designer furnishing, selected... Read More