This big boy is a special order from a customer living in Thailand. He is 48 cm tall and weight about 5.5 kg!
We will take special care of him.
Just to remind you that we can provide special products which are not in our shop. That can be lucky cats like this one or other products that may be difficult to find.
So if you are looking for something special drop us a line and we will do our best to find something for you
Last Saturday we went to participate to a little local event called Mochi Nage in which six men throw dozens of rice cakes to people. This might sound a little bit strange to you but it perfectly makes sense to Japanese people as it is a custom.
It is believed that men’s disaster years are when they are 25, 42 and 61 year old.
So why these men throw tons of rice cakes ? It’s because they want to keep evil away by throwing these rice cakes which represents bad spirits.
Traditionally this event takes a place in temples or shrines or when a new house is built. A few men stand on the roof and throw rice cakes while other people wait on the ground to catch them.
It’s quite a lot of work to catch them as everyone want to get some.
We wish you a Happy New Year and hope 2013 will bring the best to you and your relatives!
New Year is a big event in Japan however Japanese people prepare and celebrate it in a very different way.
They traditionally want to start a new year with a fresh and clean mind and to symbolically get rid of all the bad things from the previous year by doing a big cleaning of their house and car just a few days before the end of December.
Despite internet it is also still very popular to send a lot of cards for the event before December 24th so it can be delivered exactly on the 1st of January. Note that if someone died during the previous year the members of his/her family should not send any New Year card.
Usually a variety of food is prepared for the next few days so there is no need to prepare anything for this resting time. At midnight it’s common to prepare soba to welcome the new year.
Unlike in many countries New Year Eve is not an especially an exciting event in Japan as most of people gather with family to eat and watch a TV music show on NHK called Kohaku which is broadcast every 31st of December since 1953!
If you have time and patience you can also grow the queue in one of the numerous shrine for a couple of hours in order to be able make a wish.
In our sides we still have many ideas and projects for Tokyo Smart including more pictures, more Facebook and even some videos!
See you soon for more news
They arrived a bit later than the other ones, here are the last models of cup and bowl we have added to the shop.
The tea cup Kaiun Daruma represents many kind of daruma dolls and the bowl Maneki Neko is decorated with maneki-nekos.
These are the last products we add for this year!
Five new products have been added to the shop.
Here are four teacups including a very original one with a Daruma shape, two other that you can find in sushi restaurants here in Japan and a last one which is more classic and has a ‘sakura’ design.
Finally we also added a small rice ceramic bowl rather fun representing globe fishes called ‘fugu’.
Two new models of Maneki-Neko have just been added to the shop.
The tabby one is called Maneki Neko Tora and the white one Neko Onegai.
These two models are ceramic piggy banks made in Japan.
Both bring some originality to this category where most models come from the same manufacturer.
We also plan to add a green model following several requests but that will be a bit later.
I got some inpiration recently so I decided to modify a little bit the design of this website. The idea was to have something classier and more ‘Japanese’ while keeping the same basic structure.
Hope you will like this little evolution
So here we are back in Japan.
We only spent 12 days in France as transportation took a bit of time. It went extremely fast especially considering I haven’t been outside Japan for 6 years! I would have loved to have more time to enjoy the terraces, landscape and more especially cheeses and desserts. However we enjoyed them a lot and as a prove there are our 7kg (total for both of us) added on the scale!
So anyway we are back and we are starting right now by wrapping the orders tonight.
We want to ship them as kick as possible so the postman will come tomorrow morning at 9. Well gambarimashou ^^’