Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hand Fan, Folding Fan, Sensu, Ogi

This is simple yet elegant! It is a "mai ogi" or dance fan. The color goes from cream to orange to a reddish orange.  The wood is bamboo.

It is about 29 cm long and when opened about 51.5 cm wide. 

 This is in good condition but it is vintage and therefore not perfect

Samurai Print

We were lucky enough to come across a collection of papers, prints, magazine cut outs, newspaper clippings and more. This was someone's life long hobby and wow.....there are some very cool items!

It is a print. It is called "Shigemori in the Heiji War " by Eikyu Matsuoka. 

Taira no Shigemori (1138 – September 2, 1179) was the eldest son of the Taira clan patriarch, Taira no Kiyomori. He took part in the Hōgen and Heiji rebellions. He died of illness in 1179

The Heiji Rebellion (Heiji no ran?, January 19—February 5, 1160) was a short civil war fought in order to resolve a dispute about political power. The Heiji no ran encompassed clashes between rival subjects of the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan in 1159. It was preceded by the Hōgen Rebellion in 1156. This struggle is seen as a direct outcome of that earlier armed dispute; but unlike Hōgen no ran, this is not a dispute between members of the same clan. Rather, it became a struggle for power between two rival clans; and it is also seen as a precursor of a broader civil war.

It measures about 35.5 x 21.7 cm.

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Beautiful Japanese Jewelry Ring

This is really pretty! The paper is Japanese chiyogami paper. 

It is a shiny silver adjustable band that will fit most ring sizes. It measures about 2.5 cm wide.

Even though the paper is protected, I wouldn't get this ring wet.

I make these products with attention to detail, creativity and long lasting dependability.

Please convo me for suggestions if your purchase does happen to come apart.

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Cute Bento Box

This is a cute snack sized bento box. It is perfect for fruit, salads, snacks etc. Cute animals - Panda, Tiger, Giraffe, Monkey and Rabbit.

It holds 315 ml and is 12 x 10 x 5 cm.

I would wash by hand. 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hand Fan, Folding Fan, Sensu, Ogi in Japan

This is simple yet elegant! It is a "mai ogi" or dance fan.

It is about 29 cm long and when opened about 51.5 cm wide. 

Please look at the last picture to see the imperfections. This is in good condition but it is vintage and therefore not perfect

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Burger 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!!

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Japanese Doll Head Hina Matsuri Japanese Doll Festival Woman Head

Here is a very cute doll head meant for Hina Matsuri. She is made from clay.

About Hina Matsuri
Platforms with a red hi-mōsen are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形, hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits.

She measures about 27 cm long (including hair), 9.5 cm long to the end of the stick and about 17 cm around.

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Japanese traditional handbags and zori sandals

Japanese traditional handbags and zori sandals 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ukiyo-e Bijinga Geisha Woman Print By Kitagawa Utamaro

This is a vintage Japanese print of Ukiyoe, Bijinga painted woman geisha by Kitagawa Utamaro.

In this print Geisha woman in beautiful kimono dress is holding a hand fan with seashore picture . Beautiful print!!

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 – 31 October 1806) was a Japanese artist. He is one of the most highly regarded practitioners of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints, especially for his portraits of female beauties, or bijin-ga. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

It is in excellent condition but it is vintage so there are some imperfections.

This would be beautiful framed and displayed but it could also be used in mixed media art.

It measures 24cm x 21.5 cm.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Japanese stencils bamboo chrysanthemum pine katagami set 9 almost A4 size flowers

Katagami Stencils
This stencil is called "型紙" or "katagami". This stencil is a thin sheet of paper with flower designs cut from it, used to produce the design on an underlying surface by applying pigment through the cut-out holes in the material. This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" (for more information on "kashigata please see below). This was an amazing find. Vintage Japanese stencil chrysanthemum. They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at about 25-30 years old . 

4 stencils as a set. Size - 20cm x 25cm almost A4 size (normal printing paper size) each.

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.

More information on "kashigata" (the sweets made from the molds that were made using the stencils).

In the past, when a person died, it was expensive to give flowers or fresh food so, people made sweets (these are made from soy flour, rice flour and sugar) in the form of flowers, fish etc. These items were then placed on the "butsudan" (family shrine found in the house) for the dead person.

The sweets was also used for holiday celebrations, tea ceremony etc. These are for decoration only-they are never eaten.

To see more stencils please click here

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Branding Iron

This is a vintage branding iron called a "yakiin". These were/are used on wood, you want to brand. Please see the last picture to see an example of how it can be used.

I think they would look fabulous if used in pottery as a stamp. Also...I think they could be used with ink but as it is metal, the image wouldn't be as smooth and clear as a rubber stamp -please keep that in mind if that is how you want to use it.

ABC Food Cutters

This is a cute set of ABC food cutters! The set contains the alphabet so you can put a message made from ham or cheese in your child's lunch!

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