Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Geisha Pillow available at Etsy.com

This is a very unique set of pillows called "takamakura" which means "tall pillow". These were used by Geisha/Maiko to keep their elaborate hair styles perfect even while sleeping but it wasn't easy to sleep on them so to reinforce the importance of having perfect hair, rice was poured around the base of the support. If the geisha's head rolled off the support while she slept, rice would stick in her hair. The girl would thus have to repeat this process until her head no longer rolled from its support. Typically, without this happening, a geisha would have her hair styled about every week. 

The base of the 2 two pillows is "urushi" or Japanese wood lacquer. Please look carefully at the pictures. 

Each pillow measures about 23cmlong x17 cm tall x 9 cm wide. This is heavy-about 3 kgs (close to 6.6 lbs)

It is in excellent condition. It will be packed carefully and shipped via EMS express post which includes tracking and insurance. 


PLEASE NOTE: If you are in Africa or a South American country that isn't listed please contact me before buying as I will need to calculate the shipping for your country. I will cancel the order if you don't contact me first because the shipping you pay under "everywhere else" won't be enough to ship to your country. Thanks for understanding.

Our Etsy Stores:

Supplies- FromJapanWithLove.etsy.com
Handmade- SouZouCreations.etsy.com
Vintage- VintageFromJapan.etsy.com
We will combine shipping if you buy from any of our stores.

Hamburger Making Kit

Hamburger Making Kit

This is very cool! This kit is a hamburger making kit meaning you can make cute mini hamburgers, cola and french fries. The flavors for this kit are like real one. Everything is included except water and microwave (tooth picks for making flags) to make the burgers, french fries and cola.

It comes with 6 different colored powders, 1 tray mold, a knife, an spoon , a cup for cola.

What you see on the package is what you will make.

How to make hamburger, french fries and burger.

Take a look at the back of the box. It shows a diagram of the tray...and it shows to cut the upper left corner of the tray off-this makes a cup that you will need to make the burger, french fries and cola. This cup holds the amount of water you need to add to make the burger, french fries and cola.

This is an excellent way to spend time with your kids!

We found video for making this burger kit on YouTube.

Happy Kitchen Hamburger - Whatcha Eating?


1 - French Fries

Into the tray attached with mini triangle cup, Add "Potato Sauce" (yellow package) and 2 mini triangle cups of water and Mix them well. After Mixing well, You push by a finger to make it flat.

You put it into the microwave to heat it up. (500W about 40 seconds / 600w about 30 seconds). After it is cool down well, turn it upside down and cut it in pieces as lines.

2 - Into the bigger tray, add "hamburger sauce" (brown package) and 1 mini triangle cups of water and mix them up well with mini blue spoon. Roll it up and put it into middle of 3 circle tray. And push it by a finger to make it flat.

Next into the same tray, add "bun sauce" (orange package) and 2 mini triangle tray of water. And Mix them well. After mixing them up well, put them into 2 circles on 3 circle tray. add them until the lines in trays. The, heat them up with tray into microwave. (500w 40 seconds / 600w 30 seconds). And Cool them down well.

3 Cheese Use the tray you made potatoes. Add "cheese sauce" (blue package) with one mini triangle cup of water. And mix them well. After kneading, make the paste thinner and cut it into 2 pieces of cheese for burgers.

4 Ketchup Use the tray you made potatoes. add "ketchup sauce" (pink package) with 2 mini triangle tray of water. Mix them well.

5 Finish

Push up 3 circle tray from the bottom to take 1 hambuger patty and 2 hamburger buns out of the tray. Then, Cut hamburger buns into 2 pieces each and make 2 hamburgers with 2 cheese and ketchup.

Add "cola sauce" (red package) with a mini triangle tray of water into cup for cola until about 1cm height.

Well Done!!

22 grams of sauce of burger, french fries and cola are included. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cinderella 2 Tier Onigiri Bento Box

This is a very cute bento box!  It is has 2 tiers. The one tier holds the rice balls and the other can hold a small amount of something like pickled vegetables, meat, salad etc.

One tier holds 280 ml and the other 340 ml.

I would wash by hand and I wouldn't use in the microwave.
Temperature ranges from -20 ~ 80 degrees Celsius.

Family Crest Kamon Stencil Katagami

This was an amazing find. They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at about 25-30 years old . This is called "型紙" or "katagami". This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" . plum blossoms flowers as family crest.

Easy Onigiri Rice Ball Making Mold for Bento Box Lunch

This is very cool and handy for those who want cylindrical tawara rice balls! It clearly shows how to use it on the front and back of the package. It says that the rice won't stick to it.

It also says not to use in the dishwasher. 

Easy Onigiri Rice Ball Making Mold for Bento Box Lunch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Katagami Stencil From Japan

This was an amazing find. They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at about 25-30 years old . This is called "型紙" or "katagami". This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" (for more information on "kashigata please see below).

This is really gorgeous! The shape is that of a "kamon" which means a family crest (which crest we don't know). There are no set rules in the design of a kamon. It most commonly consists of a roundel encircling a figure of plant, animal, man-made, natural or celestial objects, all abstracted to various degrees. Religious symbols, geometric shapes and kanji were commonly used as well. These symbols are often found in logos of stores (which help to identify what they sell), sushi restaurants, and on packages of food to lend an air of elegance. Senbei (Japanese crackers) and other traditional Japanese sweets may also use one.

For more of our vintage stencils please click here


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