Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Made in Japan.

Ever since I can remember I have had a fascination with anything related to Japanese culture. When I was a teen waaay back in the 80s my family went to Orlando. I could have spent the whole trip in the Mitsukoshi department store in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. Then one of my friends spent a year working in Tokyo after college. She introduced me to the Kinokuniya bookstore in NYC when she returned; I have been in love with the store ever since and visit as often as I can. So I was thrilled recently to discover uguisu, a wonderful web shop with a great selection of treats from Japan (or "Japanese Goodies" as Hiki, the owner, calls them):

paper goods

washi paper masking tapes

beautifully printed linen towels

hanko stamps

magazines & books including one of my favorites, ku:nel

Hiki lives in Tokyo but has very reasonable international shipping rates. I now have a very long wish list of "goodies" I want to order from this great site. Be sure to also visit Jollygoo, Hiki's fascinating blog. Oyasuminasai!


Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i love all of the little details...especially the paper goods!

hiki said...

Hello!! How so wonderful of you to post about my shop!!!! I am so so delighted!
I enjoyed reading about how you got introduced to the Japanese culture and all too.
Domo Arigato!!!!!!

*gemmifer* said...

Thanks so much, Hiki! I hope you'll visit again soon.

zoetropa said...

Thank you for the intro to the Uguisu shop online, I just took a glance at it and can already tell I'm in trouble of spending lots of dollars there. I looove Kinokuniya bookstore too. I only just found out about it two years ago, so now any chance I'm in NYC, that's on the top of the list of places to go.

Stickers and Stuff said...

Whaaaaa Heeee, I can't tell you how excited I am about this store, I share your love for all things Japanese and always visit Kinokunya everytime we go to NYC or San Francisco.
Thanks so much for sharing