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Golda by Studio Cue LA
You might not be as familiar with hiba as you are with Japan's more well-known native offering, the hinoki cypress, but its unique benefits are aplenty. The essential oil extracted from rare hiba wood, which can take 300 years to mature, is said...
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LIMITED_EDITION
Vintage Patched Boro Kimono
Sri Threads is one of NYC's hidden gems: a boutique collection of rare Japanese and Indian textiles inside an apartment building in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood. This boro kimono dates back to the mid to late 19th century, woven in a pattern...
CULTURE
Crystal: Rendez-Vous
Japanese synth-loving trio Crystal has created the most fitting soundtrack for the videogame that's become our internet-centered lives. The perfect blend of artificial nostalgia, quirky sound effects and a good squeeze of Jean-Michel Jarre meets Donkey...
BOOKS_MUSIC_FILM
Jutaku: Japanese Houses
With 400+ houses featured across its 500+ pages, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is pretty big—considering its physical size is quite compact. Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese residential architecture with full-color...
STYLE
Amsterdam-based, Japanese-inspired Kiyoko
With their debut product being a quality, 100% natural lip balm ("that softens your lips on a sunny morning after a swim in the lake," the minimalist packaging reads), many (incorrectly) considered the mysterious brand Kiyoko to be a new skincare...
TECH
Learn Japanese with LexiCandy
There are many tactics for learning a second (or third) language. Most can be rather daunting, and employ a very traditional form of memorization—with a couple tricks thrown in. New webapp LexiCandy is different. It utilizes an array of media...
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GAMES_TOYS
HANDMADE
Home Bank
Tokyo-based Ryo Kashiwazaki's label Hender Scheme has become known for its thoughtfully designed shoes—many of which are crafted from natural, un-dyed leather. Kashiwazaki gives the same attention to this Home Bank made from raw cow leather. It's a...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
JAXA Reversible Climbing Jacket
Boasting a spectacular image taken by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) land-observing satellite "DAICHI," this climbing jacket from Minotaur is reversible and comes in three colorways: blue, green or black. The photo is of the rainforest...
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25_AND_UNDER
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Kyoto Cherry Blossoms Incense
Japanese cherry blossom trees are admired the world over for their staggeringly beautiful but fleeting nature, which is poetically symbolic of the cycle of life. Lend the spirit of rejuvenation to your home with Shoyeido's incense sticks, a stimulating...
GROOMING_HEALTH
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HANDMADE
Matcha Starter Kit
Ippodo has been producing high-quality tea for almost three centuries in the heart of Kyoto, and Matcha is one of their specialties. You can learn the nuances of making it yourself with their beautiful Matcha Starter Kit, an all-in-one set that includes...
KITCHEN_FOOD_SPIRITS
25_AND_UNDER
WEDDINGS
Mezzaluna Chopping Knife
If you love a chopped salad, this is the kitchen tool for you. The knife's curved, stainless steel blade lets you chop up a bounty of herbs and vegetables at once, creating a cohesive medley that ensures you get a mouthful of each ingredient in every...
GROOMING_HEALTH
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Japanese Teapot Set with Kaboku Sencha
Ippodo has been producing high-quality tea for almost three centuries in the heart of Kyoto. All of their teas come from Japan's famous Uji region, and their sweetly flowery Kaboku Sencha tea is Ippodo’s highest quality varietal. Paired with the expertly...
HANDMADE
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HOME_OFFICE
Japanese Ceramic Coffee Bowl
Coffee plays an important role in many lives, and it deserves the proper vessel. The Japanese Ceramic Coffee Bowl sold by A Detacher offers a satisfyingly rotund mug for your brew with the ultimate balance of beauty, simplicity and function.
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ELECTRONICS
Beats + Hello Kitty Headphones
These super cute special edition Beats + Hello Kitty Solo² lightweight high fidelity headphones come with a custom case to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary. They feature a blue and white headband design with Hello Kitty’s iconic red bow and...
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25_AND_UNDER
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GREEN
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BAGS_TRAVEL_GEAR
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CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
Q&Q Solar Watches
Cute, well-made and with no battery change necessary—ever—these solar powered watches perfectly pair function with fashion. A clean, simple design is bolstered by an array of color options that pack plenty of personality. This is a no-maintenance timepiece...
ELECTRONICS
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TRAVEL
HOME_OFFICE
BAGS_TRAVEL_GEAR
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FURNITURE_DECOR
Danboard Mini Power Plus
Say hello to the Cheero charger, a little block of iPhone juice to keep your device alive. Beneath the smiling face of a Japanese character called Danboard is enough power to charge your phone 2.5 times before needing a reboot, and its two jacks allow...
BRICK_AND_MORTAR
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FURNITURE_DECOR
Set of Three Shotoku Glasses
Founded in 1922, Tokyo-based Shotoku Glass Company originally manufactured extremely thin glass for use in light bulbs. In 1958 they began utilizing their distinct skills to create drinking vessels, which are highly treasured for the same reason—super...
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ART
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Jug
Japanese ceramicist and RCA grad Ikuko Iwamoto takes a Buddhist approach to her medium, and her flexible thinking leads to pieces that are both sculptural and functional. These meticulously hand-dotted, slip-cast porcelain jugs—designed for “a bizarre...
CULTURE
Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum...
STYLE
Black Weirdos Meets Twin Peaks for A/W 14
For their A/W 2014 collection, Japanese label Black Weirdos has gone deep into Ghostwood Forest. The delightfully odd menswear brand has created a line that is inspired by all things Twin Peaks—no doubt scaring and thrilling fans of the show. There...
DESIGN
London Design Festival 2014: Fresh Staples
Our previous look at this year's London Design Festival highlighted a few select newcomers for 2014, but equally exciting are the shops, satellite fairs and institutions you come to count on during any city's annual design week. Below are some of...
CULTURE
Anime-Inspired Art by Mayi Bashou Wang
As early as in the 1920s, China saw the first experiments in the world of manga and animation thanks to the introduction of lithographic printing derived from the West. The later years of political turmoil prevented the new industry from growing...
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EQ Bike Chain Cover
Japanese utility bag producer, Master-piece have entered the cycling arena with this EQ bike chain cover made of heavy duty nylon that's designed to keep your chain from scratching your frame.
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