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A Brief History of The Japanese Shop

Hiromi Jez-Willard

The Japanese Shop, originally called ‘Doko Toko’, was established in 1998 to supply the rapidly growing interest in, and knowledge of, Japan and Japanese lifestyle.  Having been inspired by their experience of living in Japan, the founders, Jez and Hiromi Willard, developed a vision for their new business;

“Our vision is to offer you;”the most exciting range of Japanese gifts,
the most attractive presentation
and the very best level of service
.”Jez and Hiromi Willard
Founders and Directors of The Japanese Shop

The Company went on to open shops in Harrogate, York and Chester as well as a Head Office distribution facility in Harrogate to service www.thejapaneseshop.co.uk which was launched in 2003.  The Company also introduced new corporate and wholesale divisions and has won several business awards, including;

2003Winner, ‘Best Shop of the Year’, sponsored by York Tourism Bureau
Finalist, ‘Retailer of the Year’, sponsored by York Evening Press
2004Winner, ‘Retailer of the Year’, sponsored by York Evening Press
Winner, ‘Small Business of the Year’, sponsored by York Evening Press
Winner, ‘Overall Business of the Year’, sponsored by York Evening Press
Runner Up, ‘Best Shop of the Year’, sponsored by York Tourism Bureau
Runner Up, ‘Best Website of the Year’, sponsored by York Tourism Bureau
2005Runner Up, ‘Retailer of the Year’, sponsored by York Evening Press
Runner Up, ‘Best Shop of the Year’, sponsored by York Tourism Bureau
Runner Up, ‘Retailer of the Year’, in the Cheshire Business Awards

The Japanese Shop Product Range

Our stylish range of Japanese products includes contemporary and traditional Japanese tableware,Kokeshi dolls, Japanese wall art, prints and pictures, Japanese Kimono, Bio Ion jewellery and ornaments which have a universal appeal due to their vibrant colours and designs.

Other more specialist interests are also catered for with beautiful Japanese Origami paper, Japanese lacquerware, Japanese Mizuhiki and organic Japanese incense and oils. Consistent with what you might expect in Japan, a FREE gift-wrapping service is available on all orders received through the online shop.

3 comments

  1. Hi
    Lovely website with beautiful things
    I’m very taken with kintsugi
    Cld you recommend where I could buy in time for Christmas?
    Thanks!
    Charlie

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for making such a beautiful website. I was reading your blog posting from 2014 on lucky cats and there was a picture of a white lucky cat with a bell around its neck. My daughter has a lucky cat with the same Kanji characters on its chest. Would you be able to translate the meaning of those characters into English? My daughter is eight, adores cats, and is very interested in knowing what is written on her cat. Thank you!

    1. Hi Steven, thank you, please send me an image of the Japanese characters and I’ll see what my Japanese team can do for you! Jez, The Japanese Shop Ltd, UK

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