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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  1. I have been watching your blog waiting with anticipation for the next update on your trip and when you post something I am so excited! I am so inspired by your images and words – I am planning to use what you have shared to plan my first Japanese trip. Any more suggestions/hints/tips are very much welcome!


    10 Mar 11 at 6:42 pm

  2. Am sorry you are home; loved your reports from Japan. A view I had never seen!


    10 Mar 11 at 7:54 pm

  3. I am loving all that wood!!!! Completely drool-worthy stuff.


    11 Mar 11 at 1:39 am

  4. Very fortunate that you have returned home! I’m glad that you’re both safe and sound … Terrible news for Japan at the moment …


    11 Mar 11 at 3:49 am

  5. I hope the wonderful people in Hokkaido you have written about are all right with the Tsumani going on. I have a friend who is Japanese, she is -rightfully- anxious about the wellbeing of her family there.


    11 Mar 11 at 5:37 am

  6. I never wanted to go to Japan until I saw your posts. Friends and family that went usually stayed on the beaten path and regaled me with stories of “excitement” “crowding” and “fast”, all adjectives I stay away from when planning our next adventure. Thank you for showing us a different side of Japan, one that I will be sure to explore one day.

    I simply love that fox! In one of your pictures, you also showed a little weasel (or was it a mouse?) in a box, peering up with its eyes. I believe it was the one that Juli was fond of. Could you get that into your store? Also, I was measuring out my freshly ground coffee just yesterday, wishing I had something nicer than my ugly plastic measuring scoop to use. Whaddya’ know, there is my wooden spoon (the one you said would be good for tea leaves), just waiting for you to order it and me to buy it. :) Please let me know if you get it in your shop (and the little mouse guy, too).


    11 Mar 11 at 7:10 am

  7. That little fox is the most beautiful thing! Well the spoons of course are gorgeous too…loved reading and seeing beautiful Japan. I’m envious :)


    11 Mar 11 at 8:07 am

  8. Haha I love all the spoons.


    11 Mar 11 at 8:54 am

  9. as beauty reports as sad news today, right? best thoughts for japan people


    11 Mar 11 at 9:14 am

  10. With the sad news about Japan hitting the news this morning, I’m glad you are back home safe and sound.


    11 Mar 11 at 9:35 am

  11. The fox! Be still, my heart.


    11 Mar 11 at 10:32 am

  12. I have enjoyed so much reading about your most recent trip. I am praying that all of your friends and contacts were safe from all of the damage and that they are with their families.

    wendy d

    11 Mar 11 at 4:25 pm

  13. Your photography is always spot on and you have a very define photographic style. I was wondering if you travel with much equipment or if you just shoot in daylight and do something special in postprod (such as filters) so everything has always has the same style/hue/feeling.
    It’s lovely anyway.


    11 Mar 11 at 10:07 pm

  14. Hey Amelie, Thanks for your compliments! We tend to travel light with just our SLR and its accompanying lens, when we take photos of products we use natural light and try to set the exposure rate before we take photos to eliminate as much post production as possible. Even then we usually only crop and adjust brightness, we don’t use any filters.

    John & Juli

    11 Mar 11 at 10:26 pm

  15. I hope all your Japanese friends and colleagues are safe.


    14 Mar 11 at 7:34 am

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