January 21, 2020

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Written by Kumiko Toya

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Japanese Creations is home to three Japanese arts and crafts every one of which is rich in culture and matured by history.
We wanted to let you know how wonderful they are, but to fully express the beauty of them we would need thousands of words. That is why we are showing the sneak peek videos because a video is worth a million words!

1. Etegami

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Etegami is an intuitive, colorful folk art consisting of simple Sumi ink drawings paired with a few thoughtful words and watercolor.Sneak Peek Etegami


2. Chirimen

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Chirimen was a noble ladies’ pastime in the old days. Adorable ornaments and practical accessories are hand sewn from scraps of beautiful kimono fabrics.

Sneak Peek Chirimen


3. Chigiri-e

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Chigiri-e is a Japanese-style paper collage. Enjoy this elegant art only made possible by the Washi papers of authentic, highest quality.

Sneak Peek Chigiri-e


20 Funny Craft Quotes Only Crafters Will Truly Understand

March 2, 2021

March of every year is National Craft Month! In celebration, we have put together 20 hilarious quotes that only crafters will understand - because life as a crafter can create some funny situations that we all know and experience.


Bring on The Bloom with These Spring Chigiri-e Motifs

February 23, 2021

Spring is in the air! After the long cold days of winter, celebrate the return of warm weather and flowers with Chigiri-e motifs covered in bright, colorful Washi papers that would be perfect to enter spring vibes into your home. 


Embracing Social Distancing with Etegami: Sachiko Hanashiro’s Etegami Gallery Part IV

February 17, 2021

As we near the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic, Etegami artist Sachiko Hanashiro shares how she embraces the life of social distancing. 


DOUBLE THE FUN with TWO CHIGIRI-E KITS! Camellia and Balloon Flowers

February 12, 2021

Japan has a long history of gardening, but the unique gardening culture blossomed during the political stability of the Edo Period (1603-1868). While many large strolling gardens with ponds, islands and artificial hills were built by nobles, tsubo-niwa (mini gardens) became popular among the urban population. Tsubo-niwa consisted of a few carefully arranged items such as stones, water basins, and plants. They have taken root in the townhouse gardens today. 


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