January 1, 2019

 Wishing you a Happy New Year!  Thank you very much for your continued support.

from Momono Trading

June 27, 2018

Last year we had several promotional events in Colorado to present our products including Bizen ware.  A few visitors asked us, “Are those products related to ZEN??” or “Is this a Wabi-sabi pottery?”  I never expected those words, “ZEN=禅” and “Wabi-sabi” came out from them.  Both words are associated with Japanese Buddhism.  According to Wikipedia, “Wabi” is rustic simplicity, fr...

May 22, 2018

Our Igusa ZEN mats instantly create a classic and relaxing feeling even in modern living spaces.  The touch of Igusa is comfortable to the skin and somewhat nostalgic reminding us of childhood memories.

The beautiful, intricate textile attached to the tatami edge is called a tatami hem.  According to the historical literature, the history of tatami hems is as old as tatami mats....

March 3, 2018

This is a Bizen ware candle holder, one of our popular items among our Bizen ware collections. Look at the beautiful cut on the surface.  Each hand cut involves the artisan’s painstaking process. 

We received an order from a lady in the U.S.  Her brother is working in the U.S. navy in Japan and she wanted to send him the candle holder as a Christmas gift.  In the U.S., Christ...

February 22, 2018

We would like to share the photos and feedback from our customer in Switzerland who purchased our IGUSA placemats for his family and his friends as Christmas gifts. The photo below is from their New Year’s traditional dinner party featuring “cheese fondue”.

They loved our products and their great feedback meant a lot to us.  Since I had a vivid déjà vu of my grandma working hard t...

December 29, 2017

I made an “Okazari” wreath for the first time. “Okazari” is a Japanese New Year’s decoration generally made of a rope of straw and is hung on doors during the New Year holiday.  We believe it serves as a charm against evil spirits. “Oshogatsu” was originally a festival to welcome a Shinto god, and to pray for a rich harvest for the year.  Hanging “Okazari” originates from Shinto...

December 10, 2017

Yuko's mother's side of the family is from Kurashiki, which is known as the home of high quality rush grass (IGUSA).  Before the era of mass-production, there used to be a handful of rush grass woven mat manufactures in the area just like her family.  The manufactures can be extremely busy around the harvesting season at the end of summer.  Assisting her husband, Yuko's grandma w...

November 10, 2017

This is one of the big BIZEN ware vases that has been sitting by the entrance of my parents' house in Japan.  I remember touching the vase, enjoying its unique feel and texture as a child.  It is hard to explain.  It is bumpy, but smooth and cool, but warm!  That was my very first impression of BIZEN ware.  Those lovely vases were originally created between 1573 and 1603.  Accord...

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