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500 Wonders of Japan

The Wonder 500 exhibition in New York city. Until Feb 9

The Wonder 500 exhibition in New York city. Until Feb 9

We just visited a great exhibition of Japanese crafts, The Wonder 500 in New York. The selection includes some of our own artisans, Horiguchi Kiriko, Atsushi Ogata, and coming soon, Kamata Kiriko.

They are unique, fun and useful items we encourage you to check out before the show ends on February 9th. The Wonder 500 is a project designed to promote and discover local Japanese products that are not well-known outside of Japan

We tried delicious yokan chilled in a bubble.

We tried delicious yokan chilled in a bubble.

Tea store from 1 or 8 in Brooklyn is serving amazing tea from Kyushu.

Tea store from 1 or 8 in Brooklyn is serving amazing tea from Kyushu.

 

A total of 500 products from all 47 Japanese prefectures were selected by 30 expert producers and public voting.

The selections were evaluated in the three categories of Tourism, Craftsmanship, and Food, based on the following criterion: Innovative items created with a certain concept or passion, combined with traditional values supporting unique Japanese craftsmanship and good service.

Each and every one of these 500 items express the values nurtured in the Japanese since ancient times (impermanence and permanence, respect for nature and one’s ancestors, craftsmanship, concept, excellent design, wisdom, etc.).

Through the 500 items, we hope to communicate warmth and wonder, and if it inspires even one person to visit Japan, to buy a Japanese product, or eat some Japanese food, we will have accomplished our goal. 

Yokan is packaged in a balloon that we pierce open to enjoy! Oishii!

Yokan is packaged in a balloon that we pierce open to enjoy! Oishii!

Beautiful Guinomi from our friend Kamata Kiriko 

Beautiful Guinomi from our friend Kamata Kiriko 

from Horiguchi Kiriko

from Horiguchi Kiriko