News Letter

News Letter

Thursday, July 20, 2006

No 129

Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.129.Last Sunday we transferred our contents to new server, and launched a new site 'Tour J Artisan'. We checked new server before the transfer, but unexpected troubles happened, and we are very sorry that our server was very slow for about six hours. But now our new server behaves very good performance as we expected. We are very happy that now you can look at any pages at any time rapidly. Have you already check our new site 'Tour J Artisan'? begin to introduce and sell today's Japanese handicraft at this new site. We selected Takae san for the first artisan, who makes fabulous bamboo bags in Oita prefecture. His works are not inexpensive, but if you check details of his elaborate and very skilled work, we are sure you could know his bamboo bag has best quality in the world. Two black ones are already sold, but we can ask him to make more. We promise his bags are the best bamboo bag in the world, and you have never seen supreme one as his.
We already went to a tsuzure weaving company in Moriyama and a craft potter in Bizen. I was a manager of Japanese table ware of a department store, and know about Bizen-Yaki, but I heard that people, especially people from foreign counties don't know about 'Yakishime' pottery like Bizen-Yaki. Bizen-yaki is the pottery, which is burn at higher than 1200 degrees C. Kiln is built on the slope of the mountain, which is called 'Nobori Gama'(climbing kiln). Bizen potter burns their works in climbing kilns for more than 10 days. During that period, pine tree firewoods are continued to be burned night and day. I hear that there is not similar pottery like Bizen Yaki in Western world. Please just wait a little while till you see the details of Bizen Yaki.
We sometimes offer tsume-tsuzure fukusa at our site. As you may already know, tsume-tsuzure is one of the most valuable textile in the world. Weavers use their nails to push and weave weft threads, and it takes incredibly long time to weave only a small fukusa. I showed our one vintage fukusa to the man from tsuzure weaving company, he said that if they wove this class tsume tsuzure fukusa now, it would take about three months, and cost 2 or 3 million yen! we wrote before, we are planning to introduce Kiyohara Orimono corp, tsume-tsuzure weavers. We have been discussing what items will be good for foreign customers - fukusa and obi are their main items, but both are not used in Western world. After the long discussion, we have reached one item - formal bag.Tsuzure ori silk is thick, and has very comfortable touch. And textile is very strong enough for bags, and if it is woven with black, silver and gold threads, it has exceptionally gorgeous atmosphere. Before we visited their company, they had never thought to sell and make products for foreign customers. But now we become to have a dream - our customers dress up, and have our tsume-tsuzure bags, and go to opera, Paris Collection or formal parties like Oscars ceremony! From olden times tsume-tsuzure textile had been very special textile which was used only very wealthy people. What an exciting thing, if people in foreign countries come to like the tsume-tsuzure work, and use them in formal occasion!
Details of tsume-tsuzure will be listed on our site soon. But now we are planning the design and details of bags, and have 2 prototypes, and some design samples. are discussing again and again, and try to make them good products for foreign customers. But we think if we could have advice from you about it directly, they would be a great help. Your help is very much appreciated.So we have made special pages for comments and popularity vote. We are very happy if you could check them and give advice about products, design and details. For comments Popularity Vote
Thank you very much for reading to the end. Today we will list karinui fabric, shibori haori, Haori Karinui, bolt( Kimono ), and tansu, mirror, copper crab, urushi tray, Kodou and others( Antiques ). We are very happy if you could check ore new arrivals.  
domo arigato gozaimasu, Thank you very much. Ichiro & Yuka WadaKimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
e-mail: info@ichiroya.comaddress: Asia-shoji Bldg.301 1841-1 Nishi 1 chome Wakamatsu cho Tondabayashi city Osaka 584-0025 JAPANTEL&FAX ****( international number ) - 81-721-23-5446


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