Friday, July 29, 2016

Vintage Japanese Stencil - Traditional Japanese Stencil - Family Crest - Flower

Vintage Japanese Stencil - Traditional Japanese Stencil - Family Crest - Flower



Vintage Japanese Stencil - Traditional Japanese Stencil - Family Crest - Flower



This was an amazing find. They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at about 25-30 years old . This is called "型紙" or "katagami". This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" (for more information on "kashigata please see below).

This is really gorgeous! The shape is that of a "kamon" which means a family crest (which crest we don't know). There are no set rules in the design of a kamon. It most commonly consists of a roundel encircling a figure of plant, animal, man-made, natural or celestial objects, all abstracted to various degrees. Religious symbols, geometric shapes and kanji were commonly used as well. These symbols are often found in logos of stores (which help to identify what they sell), sushi restaurants, and on packages of food to lend an air of elegance. Senbei (Japanese crackers) and other traditional Japanese sweets may also use one.


The stencil measures about 7.8 x 6.5 cm.

More information on "kashigata" (the sweets made from the molds that were made using the stencils).

In the past, when a person died, it was expensive to give flowers or fresh food so, people made sweets (these are made from soy flour, rice flour and sugar) in the form of flowers, fish etc. These items were then placed on the "butsudan" (family shrine found in the house) for the dead person.

The sweets was also used for holiday celebrations, tea ceremony etc. These are for decoration only-they are never eaten.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Hand Fan Ogi Sensu Hand Painted Small Size F77 Crane Turtle Pine Tree Japanese Lucky Symbols

Hand Fan Ogi Sensu Hand Painted Small Size F77 Crane Turtle Pine Tree Japanese Lucky Symbols



Hand Fan Ogi Sensu Hand Painted Small Size F77 Crane Turtle Pine Tree Japanese Lucky Symbols



This hand fan is called "Ogi" or "Sensu". There is image of Japanese lucky symbols (crane, turtle, pine tree, bamboo leaf and plum blossoms). The colors of hand fan are light blue, green, orange, black, white and cream. The wood is bamboo.

On the back, 5 pieces of silver leaf is pasted. There are 3 cute humans, green grasses, traditional building, green and orange leaves. 

Crane and Turtle - symbols of long life.

Pine, Bamboo and Plum Blossom - Together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. 

It is hand painted and so beautiful!!. 


This hand fan is simple yet elegant! This is vintage and while it is in great condition it isn't perfect.

It is about 20 cm long and when opened is about 34.5 cm wide.

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Mount Fuji Stickers - Japanese Stickers - Mountain Stickers (S191)





Mount Fuji Stickers - Japanese Stickers - Mountain Stickers (S191)




These are really cute stickers! There are many Mount Fujis...some with suns and some with clouds.

Vintage Kashigata - Japanese Cake Mold - Wood Mold - Wood Cake Mold - Vintage Mold - Kamon - Family Crest - bamboo leaf - caltrap

Vintage Kashigata - Japanese Cake Mold - Wood Mold - Wood Cake Mold - Vintage Mold - Kamon - Family Crest - bamboo leaf - caltrap



Vintage Kashigata - Japanese Cake Mold - Wood Mold - Wood Cake Mold - Vintage Mold - Kamon - Family Crest - bamboo leaf - caltrap



This is a vintage mold called "kashigata". 


Often made of sakura (cherry wood) and seasoned for about 3 years before carving, kashigata were used to make dried confectionery made of rice flour and sugar called rakugan. Earliest records show that this practice dates back to the mid-17th century. These confections were used as offerings and snacks for celebratory occasions and even unfortunate events. For example when a person died, it was expensive to give flowers or fresh food so, people made these sweets in the form of flowers, fish etc. These items were then placed on the "butsudan" (family shrine found in the house) for the dead person.


Kashigata were also used in the making of wagashi (nama-gashi or freshly made cake and hi-gashi or dried confectionery) for tea ceremonies.


Common kashigata motifs in the Edo era - chrysanthemums, plum blossoms
Meiji Era - spread of western technology - balloons, planes
World War II - national pride heightened - cherry blossoms, battleships - used as gifts for departing troops, ceremonies and commemorative occasions


With the advent of refrigeration, fresh fish replaced rakugan motifs like the sea bream. Sadly today, making offerings for fortunate and unfortunate events is no longer a common practice. This in turn has lessened rakugan demand although they are still found in tea ceremonies and homes. The decrease in kashigata artisans today has made kashigata carving a dying craft making kashigata itself a sought-after collectible.

The shape is that of a "kamon" which means a family crest (which crest we don't know). There are no set rules in the design of a kamon. It most commonly consists of a roundel encircling a figure of plant, animal, man-made, natural or celestial objects, all abstracted to various degrees. Religious symbols, geometric shapes and kanji were commonly used as well. These symbols are often found in logos of stores (which help to identify what they sell), sushi restaurants, and on packages of food to lend an air of elegance. Senbei (Japanese crackers) and other traditional Japanese sweets may also use one.


*You can use this mold as food mold to cook. Please clean thoroughly before using.

It measures about 15.3 cm long x 7.6 cm wide x 2.4 cm tall. Inside it measures 5 cm x 5 cm .



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Baran - Japanese Bento Box Lunch Dividers - 5 Different Sets - Animals Grass #2

Baran-Japanese-Bento-Box-Lunch-Dividers-5-Different-Sets-Animals-Grass-2



Baran - Japanese Bento Box Lunch Dividers - 5 Different Sets - Animals Grass #2



This is a set of 5 different baran sets. There are 2 sets of animal baran, 1 set of flower baran, 1 set of cute food baran and 1 set of green grass.

Japanese Fabric - Cotton Fabric - Half Yard - Festival Happi Coat - Brown Blue Red - 110 cm x 50 cm (F92)

Japanese Fabric - Cotton Fabric -  Half Yard - Festival Happi Coat  - Brown Blue Red - 110 cm x 50 cm (F92)



Japanese Fabric - Cotton Fabric - Half Yard - Festival Happi Coat - Brown Blue Red - 110 cm x 50 cm (F92)



This is very cool fabric! These are "happi coats" and the Kanji (Chinese characters) says "matsuri" (festival).

The colors are blue, white, brown and red.

It measures about 110 x 50cm or half yard.

The edges are unfinished. It is 100% cotton.

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Vintage Branding Iron - Japanese Branding Iron - Town

Vintage Branding Iron - Japanese Branding Iron - Yakin - Yakiin - Kanji Stamp - Metal Stamp - Chinese Character Stamp  Town S56



Vintage Branding Iron - Japanese Branding Iron - Yakin - Yakiin - Kanji Stamp - Metal Stamp - Chinese Character Stamp Town S56



This is a vintage branding iron called a "yakiin". These were/are used on wood, leather...food...anything you want to brand. Please see the last picture to see an example of how it can be used.

I think they would look fabulous if used in pottery as a stamp. Also...I think they could be used with ink but as it is metal, the image wouldn't be as smooth and clear as a rubber stamp -please keep that in mind if that is how you want to use it.


This is "machi" (in Kanji character) which means "town".

They are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are at least 30 years old.


This is made of iron. Please look at the pictures carefully 

It measures 22 cm long x 2.5 cm (the stamp) wide. 

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