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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....

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...

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