Monday, August 18, 2014

About Our New And Improved Store!

I spent the last month busting my tush trying to build and stock our new and improved store www.from-japan-with-love.com . We opened this store about 6 years ago and for the first 4 years or so we were pretty happy with it. But then I was getting frustrated because there were features I really wanted but the company we were with didn't have them.

I kept looking for a new host for our site. I would even go on to the Etsy forums as I know people would ask other Etsy sellers for their advice about websites. Still nothing...until about a month ago.

Finally I found what I was looking for! We went with www.create.net . They offered a 1 month free trial (no credit card needed) so I signed up. I loved it so  much that after only 2 days I joined. I spent a lot of timing building it, getting used to it and stocking it. We took  a lot of new pictures of our products and then we opened!

So...what do I love about it?


1. We can have more than 1 picture!! This is so thrilling...no more cramming 2-4 pictures into one!



2. If a product is sold out...a little sign will tell you! No more adding an item to the cart only to find out it is sold out!



3. When you click on an item to read more about it...the number available is shown. No more adding it to the cart to figure out how many are in stock.




4. When trying to figure out the shipping costs you used to have to fill in your entire address. Now, just choose your country and it will show you the shipping cost.




5. On the front page you can clearly see what is in your cart and what the sub total is.



Those are just some of the features we love!  There are so many more!

Anyway, we are thrilled and are planning to really build this store up big. We will be adding not just more bento goods but Japanese vintage, supplies like traditional stickers and rubber stamps and much much more! So stay tuned.

The one downside to changing hosts is that for those of you who made an account on our old store, that account won't work now so you will have to make another one. Sorry! We know it is inconvenient so to not only say sorry for that but to also celebrate our new and improved store we are offering 10% off to anyone who shops with us from today until September 18th, 2014. Just add the discount code fromjapanwithlove10 into the discount code area and you will get 10% off your items! No minimum amount required!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mini Santa is coming to Japan / Christmas Cards in Japan





The series of Christmas Card is filled with Mini Santa and beautiful scenes in Japan like Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, Temple in Kyoto, Castle in Kumamoto, Shrine Gate in HIroshima etc



This is really beautiful and unique! On the front of the card it says " Season's greetings" and on the inside it says "The season's best wishes and a happy new year.".



Not only does the card sparkle with gold but it is embossed-the pictures don't do it justice!



This is really beautiful and unique!



http://stores.ebay.com/Sakura-And-Sushi/Japanese-Christmas-Cards-/_i.html?_fsub=5008901011

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kashigata Sugar Cake Molds, Cookie Molds in Japan



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.

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