Miya ceramics make great gifts for your cat-loving friends

Even without opposable thumbs, these cats can brew and serve tea. images (20)

The Cat Mask Tea Mug Set is made of fine porcelain, with every cat mask painted in delightful detail.

Another whimsical design from our friends at Jewel Japan! They truly bring fun to life.

These mugs come with a fitted matching lid and a tea strainer that fits snugly in the mug, and can be removed.
Brew some tea, grab the cat for a pat and enjoy some down time with this little cutie. Or keep your beverage hot by keeping the lid on until you find time to drink it, or When ready,  turn the lid over to hold your tea bag or cookie. Perfect for all cat lovers or mod lovers.
Microwave/Dishwasher Safe. Made in Japan.

Click here for the Cat Mask Tea Mug Set

Dimensions:7.6 x 7.6 x 9.7 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Width Mug: 4.25″ / Lid: 3.25″
Depth Mug: 3″ / Lid: 3.25″

Height Mug: 3.5″ / Lid: 0.4″

Toys made from love and wood.

For some time now we have been on the hunt for a Japanese toy range that is skillfully made, thoughtfully designed, gorgeous to look at and has both a playful and educational function.

Mastro Geppetto wooden toys ticked all these boxes, and we are excited to now have them in stock!

The coccolo rattles remind us of a macaroon in a heart!

In the summer of 2009 in Minami-Aizu, a team of woodcraft people, a wooden furniture company, sawmill workers and a toy maker/designer Shuhei Tominaga got together and created the Mastro Geppetto toy company.

Designer Shuhei Tominaga

The resulting toys truly represent the local designers and craftspeople of Minami-Aizu. Mastro Geppetto has attracted much interest in design and media circles, including Monacle and CoolHunting.

Fava rattle…the beans stay snug in their pods

‘Noe’, inspired by “Noah’s Ark”, contains twelve superb individually – crafted cedar pieces and is presented in a beautiful cedar box designed for display, gift giving and presentation – a special gift that will last many lifetimes and be played with many generationally linked fingers.     

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zoouprightnoe box   ‘Noe’ animal set

Made from a special yellow cedar, Noe is resistant to water so it can be played with in the bath. Under a little pressure, the animals will stick for a while to the bath and tiles! The cedar scent is relaxing and delicate, making playing and bathing even more enjoyable.

Wood has such a comforting, honest feel, and these toys make you realize just how wonderfully simple the concept of “toy” can be. You and your child will stop and slow down to balance, arrange then rearrange, and imagine playful adventure stories and animal conversations together for many years.

We know they’ll make you smile!

*all photos courtesy of Mastro Geppetto

Steinbeck’s best friend: the iconic Blackwing lead pencils in store now!

Check out our new Palomino range and the iconic Blackwing lead pencils in store now!

You’ll find yourself in the best of company, with John Steinbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Jones all having used and cherished their own Blackwing pencils.
Any artist or writer will attest to the importance of smooth, easy – gliding pencils that instantly respond to light or heavy pressure. Just like a musician’s instrument,  a pencil needs to be an extension of your hand.
Long, sleek and with an unmistakable, elegant and striking ferrule and eraser design, Blackwing pencils offer both aesthetic and functional superiority and an incredibly smooth, velvety and dark black writing line.
The world’s most famous pencil is made in Japan from genuine incense cedar and is available in two iconic models – the Palomino Blackwing (for artists) and the Palomino Blackwing 602 (for writers).
The special graphite formulation of the Blackwing feels like you are drawing with butter. An amazing pencil for sketching, the line is very black and the lead very soft, wearing away to a soft point.
The Blackwing 602 is made for writing and is firm and smooth. It has a dark grey lead, good point retention and writes true to its motto: Half The Pressure. Twice The Speed! So you can write pages and pages of script or notes in record time, without your hand tiring, or the lead becoming dull too quickly.
Palomino pencils are also available in beautiful coloured box sets and luxury limited edition gift box sets which make handsome gifts for any occasion.
High quality palomino sharpeners and replaccement erasers complement the Palomino pencil range.
A superb manufacturing quality not often witnessed in a world where volume has overtaken craftsmanship, these pencils are testament to Japan’s capacity to produce superior products across a wide range of goods.
We wholeheartedly recommend and approve!!
Shape: Hexagonal.
Finish: Thick lacquer.
End cap: Matching cap with a gold band perpendicular to the pencil core.
Core: HB graphite.
Markings: Gold Foil. PALOMINO
Origin: Premium qality Incense Cedar; manufactured in Japan by a highly-respected pencil maker.