<Chrysanthemums start blooming>
In ancient Japan, people used 72 micro season calendar (72 Ko) which was made by dividing 12 seasons into 24 sub-seasons, and then splitting into three to give a total of 72 Ko, each lasting for about five days.
The calendar here marks the seasonal cycle of the natural world by allocating a series of evocative names to the different stages of the year, to illustrate the ever-changing beautiful landscape in Japan
Today’s 72Ko is the 52nd Ko “Chrysanthemums start blooming.”
In the old days in Japan, people believed that Chrysanthemums are effective for longevity, and had the custom to drink chrysanthemum sake, a rice wine infused with chrysanthemum.
To cherish each moment in the changing seasons, Mokumeganeya will introduce you the beautiful flowers and events in each season. Please enjoy the change of season with us.
“Kozuka” is a small sword that is attached to the Japanese sword.
The design is depicting the peaceful scene under the sea, by inlaying the metals that are shaped into sea animals, to the center of the Kozuka.
The beautiful pattern of Mokume Gane placed on both sides of the center, makes you remind the wavy water surface that is flashed with sun reflection.
Since we believe that it is very important to convey Japanese traditional culture to the world, Mokumeganeya will introduce you the Japanese antiques and artworks made with Mokume Gane.
<Handle of Small Sword with Marine Life>
In this work, sea creatures are inlaid in the background of the wood grain pattern that looks like a water flow.
It is a refreshing work to look at, which feels the summer.
It is a fairy tale-like design that warms our hearts.
<Sword Guard of Mokumegane>
Mokumegane technique was born in the Edo period as a technique for making sword guards.
“The traditional skill that leads to the present age.”
“Two rings that lead to the future.”
Our Tsunagaru-Katachi leads the history through Mokumegane.
This week’s Bonsai at our Omotesando store is “Murasakishikibu”.
The origin of this Bonsai’s name is Murasaki Shikibu, a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period (794-1185).
She was very smart, and best known as the author of The Tale of Genji.
Therefore, the language of Murasakishikibu became “Intelligence” and “Elegance”.
Murasaki means violet in Japanese, so this Bonsai bears adorable violet-colored fruits in the autumn season, which will definitely please your eye.
At our Omotesando store, there is a Bonsai which you can feel the change of the season, and it is switched every week.
Please take your time to watch the beautiful Bonsai when you visit our Omotesando store.
<A box with Mt. Fuji drawing>
This box has Mt. Fuji drawn with delicate wood inlays and contains “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”, the hundred poems by one hundred poets. Wood inlay is a traditional Hakone craft which is as popular as parquet. You can see this work at our Shizuoka store which is related to Mt. Fuji and Hakone.
<Sake cup with a bat drawing>
Since the Chinese characters of 蝙蝠 “Bats”, are similar to 福 “Fortune”, it is said that bats bring fortune in China. In addition, the bat pattern is considered auspicious because they give birth to many children and has been long used for dyeing, kimono, and family crests.
This week’s Bonsai at our Omotesando store is “Watamatsu”, a variant type of Japanese black pine.
The trunk part is very rough and tells you the strong energy of Wakamatsu.
At our Omotesando store, there is a Bonsai which you can feel the Japanese tradition, and it is switched every week. Please take your time to watch the beautiful Bonsai when you visit our Omotesando store.
<Mokumegane Lucky Mallet>
This is a lucky mallet decorated entirely with Mokumegane. It is a
legendary Japanese hammer said that swinging the mallet grants its holder wishes.
This lucky mallet has two mice on the top and the handle, and a crane and a turtle are drowned in the center. It is said that mice are messengers from Daikokuten, God of wealth, and cranes and turtles are symbols of long life.
It is a very auspicious work.
<Mokumegane Smoke Pipe>
This is a smoke pipe with Mokumegane. The monotone coloration brings a sharp impression. It is a modern and stylish design that even people today love.
Mokumegane, which had been a decorative technique for swords, was also used for daily necessities in the end of Edo period, and people enjoyed Mokumegane as decoration.