Things we brought back home from Hokkaido

March 10th, 2011

It seems we’ve caught up on most of our work, so this morning I spent some time photographing some of the things we brought home from Japan. I didn’t include a few items which will be featured in another post, specifically the pieces we purchased from Sabita in Sapporo. I hope you enjoy this post, and please if there are things that you would like to see in the store, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

This first little fox we purchased from Brow Box in Asahikawa. We love that the artist left all of the little tool marks.

These two spoons are from the Yunosato Desk gift shop, they are nice and deep. The block of wood underneath is Hokkaido maple, it has an interesting grain and was a gift from our tour guide around Yunosato Desk.

Juli purchased a set of travel chopsticks from HOMES in Asahikawa, they are a beautiful blend of traditional Japanese lacquer, teak, and brass hardware. The ceramic bird chop stick rests were a wedding gift from the shop owner.

The wooden bracelet and cherry wood wine stopper were very thoughtful gifts from Maruichi-san the owner of the Maruichi wood processing facility (where the wrap-wraps are produced.) The wooden ruler was a gift from Masanori Oji, he designed this ruler to use a traditional method of Japanese measuring (as well as centimeters.) It’s a piece that Oji-san makes as gifts for his friends.

The set of three coffee spoons were purchased from Cholon is Sapporo, the artist lives in the Southern part of Hokkaido.

We also purchased a leaf coaster at Cholon, the cup on top is made from birch by Hokkaido designer Kouta Fukunaga. We nabbed the very last piece on display at HOMES.

Here is a detailed image of the leaf coaster which is made from a real leaf!

This tiny little cast iron spoon will be perfect for salt or spices.

The zelkova wood spoon on the left is currently my favorite wooden spoon, it feels so wonderful in your hand. The little wooden scoop on the right is perfect for tea leaves.

When we visited Kusaka Koushi, the leather studio in Sapporo I just wanted something. This beautiful black leather and brass coin container was just beautiful in person, and it really came in handy carrying change for the subway.

These wooden ornaments were a thoughtful gift from Naoto. It was designed to do a few things, one is a little charm that you tie to your tote bag, but they also can be used a hair tie, or Christmas ornaments.

This is a beautiful rice scoop designed by Makoto Koizumi. It has a layer of unfinished cedar which makes your kitchen smell like a sauna when it hits the steam. You can see in the background that our Japanese spoon collection is getting out of control.

A small bottle of unpasteurized igloo sake.

A gift of coffee beans from Takano Coffee.

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