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To make your own ikebana arrangement, Holly suggests starting with a walk around your neighborhood to collect items that speak to you. Ask yourself, “What response is this sparking? Curiosity? Interest? Joy? The feeling of wanting to touch it?” Let those emotions guide your choices. Besides flowers, you might also reach for a pretty leaf, a few blades of grass, a branch or a twig. Nothing is off limits. #KonMari #MarieKondo #Stories
The history of the paper crane as a symbol of peace began in 1955 when Sadako Sasaki, an atomic bomb victim, folded 1,000 of them shortly before her death of leukemia at age 12. Today, about 10 million paper cranes make their way to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park each year — they are hand-folded by people all over the world and sent with prayers of peace and hope.
Inside this kit, you’ll find the joy-sparking magic of ikebana. Ikebana is the centuries-old Japanese art of arranging flowers. The practice, which roughly translates to “making flowers come alive,” uses carefully selected blossoms, greenery and other flora to convey a specific feeling or emotion to an observer – just as a painting or sculpture might.
Ikebana is the centuries-old Japanese art of arranging flowers. The practice, which roughly translates to “making flowers come alive,” uses carefully selected blossoms, greenery and other flora to convey a specific feeling or emotion to an observer – just as a painting or sculpture might.
In Japan, furoshiki are used to carry joy any and everywhere. These square-shaped cloths can be tied and knotted in countless ways to create sacks to take lunch or snacks to work or school, sustainable gift wrap for a thoughtfully-selected hosting gift or a makeshift table cloth for a date in the park! Furoshiki are durable enough for years of reuse, making them one of the most sustainable carrying and storage solutions anywhere. Fill them with anything that sparks joy!
Using furoshiki requires only a few knots and twists. There are different wrapping techniques to accommodate goods of all types and sizes — even those oddly-shaped items that feel impossible to wrap! Here are three simple methods for hard-to-wrap shapes so that you can finish every gift with a tidy bow — or knot!
The most thoughtful gifts begin with setting an intention to spark joy. From selecting the perfect item to writing a special note in the accompanying card, every part of a gift is a chance to express love and gratitude. But it’s the final step, wrapping it with care, that adds an element of wonder.
If you too have fallen in love with Japan's signature blue, this Indigo Dye Kit will spark hours of joy. It contains everything you need to learn the shibori method, a traditional tie-dyeing technique known to produce beautiful patterns on natural fibers. Each kit includes two cotton bandanas and two traditional tea towels for dyeing, along with a handy set of instructions. Tidily packaged in a traditional komebukuro or rice bag, it makes a perfect gift for the dedicated crafter in your life.
What is it that makes holiday ornaments feel so festive? Whether made from glass, porcelain, sequins or even craft paper and glue, each one embodies the spirit of the season by rekindling memories and sparking a particular kind of joy. They remind us that a quiet evening at home, gathered together with those we love, is a gift in itself. Photo courtesy of @OrigamiBlooms
This classic steel toolbox can be put to use in countless ways in order to achieve a more organized life. Each one is produced from a single piece of steel, which makes the design uniquely durable, watertight and free of sharp edges. Use it to keep office or art supplies within easy reach, to organize beauty products or as storage for first aid supplies or sewing project odds and ends.
Marie often burns incense as part of her daily rituals. Each set includes everything needed to create traditional cone incense by hand. In celebration of Japanese tradition and craft, the incense comes in a bright yuzu scent that will lift the spirit and clear the air, making both home and mind feel tidy and serene.
Each element of this ceremonial grade matcha tea set has been chosen with care and made entirely by hand. That includes the bamboo whisk or chasen, and the hand-painted Omacchaya measuring spoon, but also the custom-designed washi paper gift box it arrives in. The set is designed by a family of artisans in Takayama, Japan who have been handing down the craft for 24 years. Open the box to find everything you need to get started exploring the complexities of matcha.