iPhone Cases Made from Traditional Japanese Material & Cowhide on Sale July 20

16.July.2018 | FASHION

TSUMUGI, a brand selling high quality products, has announced it will release a new line of iPhone cases on July 20 made using Nishijin-ori gold brocade.


It’s said there are currently 300 billion smartphone cases on the market, and the designs and number of stores stocking them continues to increase. Because there are so many, TSUMUGI wanted to make a case that’s much more meaningful, and so have gone down the route of traditional Japanese fabrics to promote them to the people of the world.

TSUMUGI Nishijin-ori x Cowhide iPhone Case


The case not only uses Nishinjin-ori, a traditional textile from the district of Nishijin in Kyoto, but also cowhide to add accent to the design. It’s made to be used daily like any other case and has that traditional Japanese charm to it that will be enjoyed by the increasing number of foreign tourists to Japan.


TSUMUGI plans to continue making smartphone cases and accessories using other traditional Japanese fabrics too, so stay tuned for future updates.



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  • Craftsmen unite! Come check out these Edo period glass crafts at Tokyu Plaza, Ginza!

    23.February.2019 | SPOT

    For a three-day period from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March 2019, There will be an event to celebrate a traditional Japanese glass craft called “Kiriko”. The event will be held at Tokyu Plaza, Ginza in the Kiriko Lounge. Kiriko is glass craft that was manufactured from the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period of Japanese history.


    The exhibition will feature many creative Edo Kiriko crafts and a lineup of crafts made in the past five years. This new generation of Kiriko crafts will take to the stage at Ginza for all to see!

    From 13:00 on each day of the event, there will be a gallery talk that explains the story of the crafts, particularly focussing on a selected prize-worthy craft. There is also a chance to get involved with Kiriko craft-making. To take part, check out Fujimaki select shop’s official website as the website is currently accepting reservations.




    From works and goods to taking part, come learn the different aspects of Edo Kiriko crafts at this event in Ginza!

  • ‘Biology of Metal: Metal Craftsmanship in Tsubame-Sanjo’ Event to Take Place at Japan House London

    05.September.2018 | SPOT

    The Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival will take place from October 4 to 7 this year. The festival first began in 2013 and this will be its sixth run. It is an event inviting the public into the factories of the Tsubame-Sanjo area of Japan to experience the art of product making.

    Japan House London is teaming up with the festival at this year’s London Design Festival taking place in England’s capital in September 2018. That collaborative project is titled “BIOLOGY OF METAL: METAL CRAFTSMANSHIP IN TSUBAME-SANJO” and it will run at Japan House London from September 6 to October 28.

    ©Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival Committee

    This is the first showcasing of its kind in the UK of Japan’s most prestigious artisans of product making expertise.

    ©Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival Committee

    Guests will have the opportunity through insight to discover how this craftsmanship, art and small industry is embedded in history.

    ©Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival Committee

    It will also show how it has incorporated and advanced new technologies in order to adapt to a changing society.


    There will be workshops at the event as well as products for sale in ‘The Shop’ in Japan House London. If you’re in the UK then this is a fantastic opportunity to be up close and learn about traditional Japanese craftsmanship.




    Running: September 6, 2018 – October 28, 2018

    Time: 10:00am-8:00pm (12:00pm-6:00pm on Sundays)

    Price: Free

    Location: Japan House London (101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA)

    Access: 1-minute on foot from High Street Kensington Station

    Japan House London Website: https://www.japanhouse.jp


    Tsubame-Sanjo Factory

    Full details for the Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival can be found below. It will be held from October 4 to 7 in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture
    http://how-pr.co.jp/pressrelease/tsubamesanjo_oct2018.pdf (Japanese)

  • Traditional Japanese Crafts Brand UMEBOSI to Release Edo Kiriko Glasses

    27.August.2018 | FASHION

    UMEBOSI is an original brand by tool shop WISE・WISE tools that seeks to breathe life into traditional Japanese craftwork in today’s modern age. The second line of products in the brand series to be released makes use of traditional Edo Kiriko cut glass and it will arrive in October 2018.

    Interest in products made in Japan has been deepening in recent years in both Japan and overseas. However, there is still discussion there being a lack of successors in inheriting traditional methods, and the topic of spreading its use still remains.


    KIGI was been appointed to help tackle these issues, an art director who receives tremendous support from the young generation in Japan. The project was started to promote these creative crafts to more people in a new light. The first line of products was announced in October 2015. The most popular amongst them was the Edo Kiriko glass series. Five new designs from that range have now been released.

    UMEBOSI Edo Kiriko Glasses – 5 New Designs

    These usuhari glasses are made using a traditional Edo Kiriko method called hana kiriko. The five designs include a tree leaf and acorn, a horse, a dragonfly, a chrysanthemum, and a dandelion. They have also brought back the rabbit and cherry designs from the 2015 line.


    These glasses are a fusion of traditional craft and modern skill. Why not get your hands on one?



    UMEBOSI Edo Kiriko Glasses – 5 New Designs

    Shop: WISE・WISE tools

    Address: 3F Galleria, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5647-8355

    Website: http://wisewisetools.com

    *The photos taken are of products still in development. Actual product may differ slightly.


  • 5 Must-Wear Yukata for Japanese Summer 2018

    28.July.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Yukata are a traditional type of Japanese clothing originally used before and after entering a steam bath. Today, they are used as summer dress when going to events such as summer festivals and firework festivals.


    They come in many different colours and designs. Here’s a list of ones we recommend for summer 2018.


    Sailor Moon Yukata

    These Sailor Moon themed yukata have been made in collaboration with Kyoto Marubeni. Choose from five yukata sets inspired by each sailor as well a range of other chic and modern yukata. They have all the accessories you need to including obi and folding fans so you can enjoy the full dress-up experience. How about becoming a sailor this summer?


    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88541



    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Yukata

    Released: April 2018

    Available Stores: Premium Bandai, department stores, kimono stores and online stores in Japan



    ・Yukata Set (Yukata + Tsukuri Obi) – ¥16,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ・Yukata – ¥38,000 (+Tax) – 7 Designs

    ・Obi – ¥15,000 (+Tax) – 4 Designs

    ・Folding Fan – ¥3,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation



    Yukata Fukubukuro

    Kyoto based traditional Japanese clothing brand KIMONOMACHI are selling yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags.’ There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L. Choose from a variety of kawaii infused yukata!


    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/108656



    Website: https://www.kimonomachi.co.jp/



    Disney Princess Yukata

    Disney have released a range of yukata and accessories at five of their stores and online. The Ariel and Rapunzel are original designs that were specially illustrated for these yukata. No matter which you choose, all of them embrace the characters’ stories down to the tiniest of details. Pick one of these yukata and become a Disney princess this summer!


    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113122



    Disney Original Yukata & Accessories

    Released: June 22, 2018

    Available: 5 Disney Stores (Tokyo Disney Resort, Shibuya Koen-Dori, Sendai Toei Plaza, Shinsaibashi, Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi) + Online

    Webpage: https://store.disney. co.jp/special/yukata.aspx

    *Please be aware that items may sell out.
    *The designs, price and release dates are subject to change.



    Tokyo 2020 Emblem Yukata

    Summer 2018 marks two years until the Tokyo Olympics. Gear yourself up for the excitement this summer with these official Tokyo 2020 yukata, jinbei and accessories. Cloisonne design yukata with the Tokyo 2020 emblem on them were released on July 3, and the above indigo design will be available from early August. Both are stylish and come in a gentleman’s version and a lady’s version.



    Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop: https://tokyo2020shop.jp/




    This collection is a Northern Europe design project developed by Andfika for children. There are yukata for girls and jinbei for both boys and girls. The collection incorporates designs from three designers in Sweden and Finland. The clothes are a unique mix of Northern Europe designs and traditional Japan clothing.




    Website: http://scandinavianpatterncollection.com/



    Did you like this list? There’s a lot of variation when it comes to yukata, so be sure to pick the right one for yourself this summer in Japan.

  • The event titled, “Kagurazaka Machibutai / Oedomeguri 2017” which mixes traditional & modern styles will be held!

    19.October.2017 | SPOT

    “Kagurazaka Machibutai / Oedo Meguri 2017” will be held in Kagurazaka, an area where traditional styles and modern styles merge, on the 11th of November (Sat.) <eve> and the 12th (Sun.) <actual festival).


    Kagurazaka is an area where the cut-out map of the Edo Period and the map of Heisei Period overlap. Many places in Tokyo changed into a modern city but Kagurazaka is a mysterious place where you can feel the history of the Edo Period. The area is popular among various generations as a town where the culture of Edo/Tokyo and sophisticated atmosphere of Paris are merged.


    In this event, many top artists related to traditional arts who have some kind of connection with Kagurazaka will gather with the help of the citizens of Kagurazaka.


    Many events which you can experience traditional arts such as “Shinuchi Nagashi” where people play music while walking, mini lives of traditional artists are held at preppy restaurants, cafes and live houses and “ozashiki asobi” (games with geisha) will be held.


    The two-day event is a festival where you can experience Japanese traditional arts in Kagurazaka, a historical town where persons from different generations and foreigners who are not familiar with traditional arts can enjoy these arts.


    Why not have an awesome weekend at Kagurazaka, a town which has the atmosphere of the Edo Period and Paris?



    “Kagurazaka Machibutai / Oedo Meguri 2017”

    Date: Eve / 2017,11,11 (Sat.) 15:00 to 19:40

    Festival / 2017,11,12 (Sun.) 11:30 to 18:00

    ※The events might be canceled depending on weather conditions

    Venue: Kagurazaka area (Bishamonten Zenkoku Temple, Akagi Shrine, Tokyo Kagurazaka Cooperation / streets in Kagurazaka / historical spots in Kagurazaka

    Fee: free (some places require a fee or reservations)


    Official website:http://kaguramachi.jp/



  • Hiromi Asai Takes Her Kimono Textile Menswear Collection to Capsule Show in New York

    12.July.2017 | FASHION

    New York based fashion brand HIROMI ASAI is taking to the global market with their kimono textile menswear collection.


    Designer Hiromi Asai presented her 2018 summer/spring mens collection earlier this year on January 6th at Pitti Uomo in Florence, the world’s biggest event for menswear and male accessories, and drew much attention. She is now taking her collection to the Capsule Show at New York Men’s which is held at the Javits Center in New York. The show will run from July 17th to July 19th.

    Asai was able to take her kimono collection to New York in February 2016 thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, enabling her to showcase the first ever kimono runway show.

    HIROMI ASAI 2018春夏メンスコレクション - 真夏の夜の薔薇

    Hiromi Asai aims to “revive and revitalize” kimono by recreating not kimono themselves, but by using the textiles and materials used to make kimono to design a new kind of fashion. By using high quality kimono textiles and working together with master artisans, Asai created her men’s collection by fusing the traditional style with a modern style at Pitti Uomo back in January, displaying her New York style creativity. She was picked up by the media and the attention surrounding her grew even bigger.

    Her 2018 Spring/Summer Men’s Collection is themed around “Midsummer Night’s Roses”. The collection is a fusion of New York style influenced by Western vintage fashion and traditional kimono. This high class collection mostly consists of jackets but also includes suits, Y-shirts, and pants, all dyed and woven by artisans throughout Japan including Gosen and Ojiya in Niigata Prefecture, as well as in Ishikawa Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Amami Ōshima and more.

     HIROMI ASAI メンズコレクション

    The standout piece from the collection is the deep blue “rose” night jacket and a grey picnic jacket. The outside of the jacket is a deep blue rose colour while the inside is a black rose colour which represent the transparent roses of a midsummer night. Also in the line up of this traditional and modern fusion collection is a deep blue silk military jacket, a blue and blue marble print dyed pullover, a Nishijin silk sleeveless military jacket, and more.

    Hiromi Asai is paving her way in the West with her brand in hand. A necktie using kimono textiles is already available over on Amazon.

    The HIROMI ASAI brand continues to deliver traditional Japan to the world in a modern form and its presence in the global market is sure to grow ever more prominent.


    HIROMI ASAI 2018 Spring/Summer Men’s Collection

    “Midsummer Night’s Roses”

    all made by Kimono textiles

    Exhibition Name: Capsule Show – New York Men’s (SS18)

    Venue: Javits Center, New York

    Address: Hall 3A, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

    Booth Number: A6

    Running: July 17, 2017 to July 19, 2017

    Official Website: http://www.hiromiasainy.com 

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/hiromiasainy


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  • Featuring Japanese artisans × designers of the world, the shop, “WATONA” which introduces new sides of traditional crafts will open in Nihonbashi!

    09.June.2017 | SPOT

     “WATONA” has a collection of products from all over Japan which are the collaborative works of Japanese artisans and designers from all over the world.


     “WATONA” introduces traditional crafts made by artisans and shows how to use these crafts in modern daily life. This limited time offer shop will open at COREDO Muromachi 3 located in Nihonbashi from the 14th of June (Wed.) to the 24th of September (Sun.). Products which are the collaborative works of Japanese artisans and designers from all over the world will be sold.


    The following are some examples of the products.




    Isuke Shoten

    Price (tax included) 15,120 yen per product

    This vessel is made of gold and silver lacquer with a design depicting the image of the moon under the concept of “moon reflecting upside down on the vessel” which is one of the word origins of the word “盃” (vessel).



    Green’s Green

    Price (tax included) 3,996 yen per product

    A green interior item filled with traditional techniques and the beauty of Japan which gathers “Garden plants” produced in the Akiba District of Niigata Prefecture and “MASS” and “MOSS.



    風呂敷バッグ TSUNAGU

    In addition, products which were popular among buyers and journalists in Europe such as “Hana Kesshou” which has beautiful patterns that look like flowers produced by “Kumagai Shouten,” a manufacturing and commerce company which has been continuing for 82 years in Kyoto and “TSUNAGU,”a bag which is a collaborative work of leather handle and Furoshiki (Japanese cloth wrapper) made by “Maruwa Shougyou” which has been continuing for 60 years in Kyoto.


    The products are the collaborative works of traditional styles and modern designs. Why not find your favorite work of art.




    COREDO Muromachi 3 of Nihonbashi (〒103-0022  1-5-5, Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

    Official site:http://watona.co.jp/


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