Hello Spring! Giveaway


A small collection of our handcrafted pots from ‘The Polkaros Parade’ exhibition are now available on our online store. To commemorate this event, we are having a giveaway!!

This lovely Country Boy high-fired stoneware pot is carefully hand thrown and hand painted with love in Tokyo. Perfect for bringing some Spring vibes into the home! To enter, simply head over to our Facebook page and like or leave a comment on the giveaway post!

Giveaway ends on May 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. JST.
The winner will be announced on May 8, 2014.

Good luck!!

TENUGUI by Polkaros

Tenugui by Polkaros

Introducing our first series of Tenugui, handprinted by local craftsmen in Gujo city, Gifu prefecture, Japan. This series is inspired by four of our favorite traditional Japanese patterns: Seigaiha (blue), Kikotsunagi (red), Uroko (green) and Mizuhiki(yellow).





Our Tenugui are now available at Takara Gallery in Gujo city. Here are so some pictures courtesy of Takara Galley.

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A picture of the silkscreens that were used to print our Tenugui.

For those living outside of Japan, you can also get them at our online store now.

Takara Gallery & Workroom


Takara Gallery & Workroom is a silkscreen studio located in Gugo city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. They aim to increase interest in traditional Japanese towel known as Tenugui through their hands-on Tenugui silkscreen classes and gallery shop that features Tenugui, Furoshiki and other Japanese textile related products by selected artists. We are honored to have our Tenugui produced by skilled craftsmen at Takara gallery and happy to see our products in their shop!

Gujo city is a popular holiday spot for many Janpanese and also recognised as the birthplace of silkscreening industry in Japan. According to Maho-chan, owner of Takara Gallery, the best time to visit is in Summer when they have the biggest dance festival called Gujo-Odori. If you are planning a trip to Japan, perhaps you can consider dropping by Takara Gallery in Gujo city for a hands-on experience on making your own Tenugui!

Here are some pictures of their workshops.



Here’s a very lovely video by Takara Gallery. Do take some time to watch it!

Sakura season


The sakura season is here again (and leaving oh so quickly!). Above is our pink Mt. Fuji pot out for a photo shoot during this lovely seaon. 9 years ago today I arrived in Tokyo and saw sakura bloom for the first time. To me, the sakura season marks the beginning of something good. I can’t believe that I am embarking on my 10th year in Japan now. Every year is a different experience as I grow older and evolve. Sharing with you some pictures of this year’s lovely sakura season. Have a great weekend everyone ♥







Hariko Workshop & Kyodo Gangu Event


Last Sunday I painted my first Hariko (Japanese papier-mâché) at Bibariko‘s workshop at Nishiogi-Itochi (Tea and Kokeshi) cafe! Above is what I came up with in the one-hour workshop. It’s really a test of your creativity to come up with a smart, cute, quick, hariko-like design when all you can see is just a blank white blob of paper mache.

We were given four different shapes to choose from. I chose the ‘dog with a ball on its head’ hariko. We were shown many variations made by previous workshop participants and they were all very creative. One even managed to convert the ball on top to a human head by painting a face on it.

I was inspired to make something different, and this was what I came up with. A clown like dog with a fancy hat on its head. Ha! Below is a picture of how everyone’s works turned out. Cute!!!


The fruits of our labor.


During this three-day Kyodo Gangu(郷土玩具) Japanese folk art event, the 2nd floor of the cafe showcased works by Yonagadou and Ohm-sha. It was such a pleasure meeting the amazing minds behind both companies. We had such lovely conversations and I learned so much about Japanese folk art from them. Below are some pictures of Yonagado’s space.






Ohm-sha showcased their private Japanese craft collection along with their original miniature wood figurines.





Ohm sha’s cute wooden figurines!

It must be one of the best exhibitions I’ve been too. My love for traditional Japanese folk art & craft just got more serious!


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