Inspiration from Japan…cups, bowls, fabric and a kimono flea market!

 

Karaku Pottery
Aaaah! Look at this! Shopping heaven! A shop called Kanzando in Kyoto. Image: www.savoryjapan.com
A country I have never been to but is high on my wish list is Japan. I heard so many good things about it and the aesthetics are amazing. I just love the absolute beauty of Japanese ceramics such as the ones pictured from Karaku Pottery in Tokyo. They also have a shop on etsy and ship internationally (yay!). 
And what about this delicate chop stick set from Wasabi World… not that I’d be using it daily, but isn’t it pretty?
Image: Wasabi World

I also adore vintage kimono fabrics, which I discovered are for sale on eBay for very reasonable prices. Perfect for cushion covers or other small projects – or to upholster an old chair with, like Anna Troupe did.
The best discovery I made however was the website of Ichiroya, or the Kimono Flea Market. A Japanese flea market!!?? Man, that sounds like serious heaven to me. I must go. I think our next holiday destination needs to be Japan. 
Do check out the Ichiroya website by the way, as it’s charming (as is their newsletter http://ichiroyanewsletter.blogspot.com/ ).
Upholstery in vintage kimono fabric by Anna Troupe
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Kimono fabric buttons! Image: puchimaiko.blogspot.com
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Image: Ichiroya

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