<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.
It’s been getting cooler and more pleasant since we entered September.
At our Ginza store this week, we were displaying an adorable maple tree.
In Japan, the maple tree has a language of “Beautiful transformation”, due to the change of the color of leaves which starts from green to red.
To cherish each moment in the changing seasons, Mokumeganeya will introduce beautiful flowers and events in each season. Please enjoy the change of seasons with us.
This tsuba was made by Masataka Ito in the late Edo period.
The slightly vertical patterns of the Mokumegane look like the water shaken by the wind, and it is very mysterious.
The shape is called “Inome” used a wild boar’s eye as its motif and has been traditionally used for a long time. Doesn’t it look very similar to heart-shape? The shape has the meaning of amulet and blessing and is considered as auspicious.
<Display at the Sendai store>
This is an old material displayed at the Sendai store. This is called “Oniita” displayed on the edge of the eaves to pray for the peace of the building.
“Oniita” is a wooden decoration that is attached to both ends of the roof as a substitute for the gargoyle.
The beautiful lotus pattern expresses prayers to God.
We believe that it is very important to convey Japanese traditional culture to the world.
Please take a look at the interiors when you visit the store.
<Handle of the Small Sword>
This is a handle of the small sword made in the late Edo period.
The decoration is called “family crest scattering.” A family crest was inlaid with a gold wire on the Mokumegane ground.
The monograms in an overseas brand are actually originated from the family crest scattering in Japan.
It is a design loved in the world now and in the past.
The three circles on this family crest indicates three stars. In Japan in the Edo period, Chinese constellations were used, and family crests were made based on the constellations.
<Tsuba with Rabbits>
Japanese pampas grass and two adorable rabbits are inlaid to the Tsuba made out with Mokume Gane.
One of the rabbits is looking upon the sky, as if it’s looking for their friends who living at the moon.
In Japan, people believe that the pattern of the moon resembles to a shape of rabbit that pounds steamed rice to make rice cake.
This is because “the rabbit and rice” symbolizes the harvest festival in Japan.
The design of the artwork is very peaceful, and it conveys the theme of harvest festival in autumn.
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.