Rain Chains: are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature. From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to. Provided by: Royal Phoenix.
Obis: Choose from a variety of colors and styles as a unique gift from your stay in Japan! Obis are the most decorative part of the Kimono and these Obis have been hand sewn into Obi wall hangings by a talented Okinawan seamstress. She learned from her mother and grandmother who owned a Kimono shop in Naha, and now she hand picks and hand sews these delightful items. Provided by: Obis by Chika
Temari Balls: Temaris represent a highly valued and cherished gift, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty, and wishing good luck. They are often given as gifts on auspicious occasions. Filled with both the craftsman's gentle spirit and skill, temaris are believed to bestow happiness. The brilliant color and threads used also are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant (happy) life. The profits go directly to helping handicapped people. Provided by: Sousei Network
Monkeypod: also know as Acacia, is a dense, naturally resinous hardwood which (by it's very nature) resists penetration by water and will not stain. It is not necessary to oil the wood but if for some reason it appears to be drying out, simply use a non-toxic mineral oil to restore the wood grain to it's original beauty. Avoid using olive or vegetable oil as it may get rancid over time.
Care is simple and easy, just hand wash with warm soapy water and wipe or air dry. If you need to oil it, rub the refined mineral oil into the wood and let it soak in for up to a half-hour. Then wipe off excess and buff for a brilliant patina. Monkeypod plate ware (just like any other natural wood product is not dishwasher safe. Take care of your lovely Acacia hardwood plate ware and it will last for years and years!
Kokeshi Dolls: The Kokeshi doll was first made in the northeastern provinces of Japan about 150 years ago. The Kokeshi was a simple wooden toy for the children who belonged to the farming households that predominated the area. It became much more than a toy as the countryside developed culturally. Sophisticated pieces are now produced by Kokeshi craftsmen. The Kokeshi is a charming, finely crafted representative of traditional folk arts of Japan. Our Kokeshi Dolls come from mainland Japan.
Thai Rice Seed Baskets: In hopes of a good crop, the annual 'Plowing Ceremony' marking the beginning of the rice-planting season is presided over by the King of Thailand. Reminiscent of a simple farmers seed rice basket, still in use today, our baskets are handmade in Chiang-Mai for decorative use within the home.
Fine Bone China: or English China is known for its exquisite and enduring qualities, and is the most expensive and sought after of all ceramics. Bone china is a kind of porcelain that was associated with wealth and royalty during the early days. Difficult to make, it has inherent qualities which are not found in regular porcelain such as its bright white color, translucent properties, remarkable strength and durability. Our bone china products are proudly made in the Philippines by the finest Filipino craftsmen.
Lotus Art: We receive our lotus art in our Thailand shipments. They are really special because they are real lotus leaves grown in a pond, then added to a canvas or other fun items, and decorated with brilliant colors! The perfect item to decorate the walls of your Okinawan home.
Terracota Pumpkins: are made of a clay-based unglazed ceramic used for pottery and tiles. This ceramic is used to make pumpkins of different colors, faces and sizes. Our pumpkins are made in Thailand and are only available once a year during our annual 'Pumpkin Shop Night'!