box with no apparent way to open it, yet if you know the secret
– you can. One box might take 4 steps, another 54. Now imagine a
store with not a couple, a few, or even a dozen – but nearly
of these amazing Japanese
carved wooden jaguar head decorated with over 50,000 beads, each
individually placed, forming intricate patterns. An art form
perfected by the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
tiny basket, so tightly woven that they say it can hold water.
Such are the baskets of the Wounaan Indians of Panama.
sculpture that is half giraffe, half gazelle and just so happens
to be purple and orange. This is the whimsical work known as Alebrijes to the people of Oaxaca, Mexico.
... a gold
lacquer vase that took a master craftsman over a month to
complete. Or a jade sculpture that took 3 months. Or a tiny bottle
with a portrait painted on the inside
these items and thousands more, each with a story, waiting to be
JAPANESE BENTO BOXES
View our Bento
Boxes - Just as you can order take-out in
the United States, in Japan, you can take out food for lunch or dinner called
Bento. The bento is stored and sold
in boxes, thus the name, Bento Box. This
take away style is very popular and can be found just about anywhere – in
train stations, convenience stores, theaters, shopping areas, vending machines,
and so on. For instance, if you
were to buy a ticket to take a bullet train, you can either buy Bento boxes to
take with you on the train or relax and wait for a vendor to come to you.
FIMO CLAY SCULPTURES
Shop our Fimo
Sculpture - These beautiful and
artistic animals are created with fimo clay. Many different colors of fimo clay
are used in each design. Colored canes of clay are used to create an
illustration. The central design is repeatedly stretched and cut as other
designs are added. Just as in nature simplicity is replicated over and over
until the finished organism becomes quite complex. The composite image is
finally reduced by stretching to the size of a small coin and then cut and
applied much like mosaic tiles to the animals form. Each and every stage of the
process is done by hand. Because each piece is hand made no two pieces are
exactly a like.
TEA SETS & TEA POTS
Shop our Tea
Sets - from Japan, China, and Vietnam that match our
other Japanese Tableware perfectly. Dozens of varieties of Tea
are also available.
Shop our Tribal
Masks - The islands of Indonesia are home
to hundreds of ancient tribes that style practice their traditions and arts. Our
masks are handcrafted by the natives from the islands of Bali and Lombok.
GOLDEN POND COLLECTION
See our Golden
Pond Collection - Adorable reptile
figures from the Golden Pond Collection by Green Tree. These products originated
in Dehua ... one of the finest ceramic capitals of Asia with over 3000 years of
ceramic history and culture. A process of 8 working procedures all fired at
different temperatures is how the hand painted finish is achieved on these
wonderful collectible pieces. Our assortment includes Frogs, Lizards, and