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Shibori Dyeing Techniques

As Shibori patterns grow more popular and more fashionable on the British high street, we thought we’d dig a little deeper into the history of the traditional Japanese tie-dyeing. Read on to discover the different types of Shibori dyeing techniques. What is Shibori? Shibori – meaning to wring or squeeze – is an old Japanese …

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10 Must-Buy Japanese Christmas Presents

Find the Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Japanophile in your Life With Christmas a matter of weeks away, the countdown is on to accumulate the perfect gifts for your loved ones. If you have a shinnichi in your life, or are just on the hunt for unique Japanese Christmas presents, we are here to make …

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A Brief Guide to Types of Japanese Noodles

It’s no secret that Japan is home to delicious food. If you’re visiting Japan for the first time you may be unsure when it comes to navigating the delicacies and table etiquette, especially if you’d describe yourself as a fussy eater! Thankfully, Japan is renowned for its noodles, which are a safe choice if you …

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Top 5 Christmas Japanese Gifts

Top 5 Japanese Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, we could all do with a little inspiration when it comes to getting those last few gifts. At The Japanese Shop, we have so many unique and authentic Japanese gift ideas that make a perfect and unforgettable present. This year has seen some new and exciting products added to …

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Why are Japanese Bowls Repaired with Gold?

The Story behind Japanese Bowls with Gold Cracks You may have seen Japanese bowls repaired with gold (if not, take a look at these). I think you’ll agree that they look rather beautiful. Given the nature of their production, each one is unique and consequently has its own special character. But have you ever wondered where the idea …

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Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Tableware

A Guide to Japanese Tableware Have you ever sat down at a traditional Japanese meal and not known what each bowl is for and where your cutlery was? The Japanese have a large array of tableware and if you haven’t done your research it can be hard to know what goes where and why you …

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5 Ways to Update Your Interior – Japanese Style

Bring a flavour of the Far East to your interior with these authentic Japanese home accessories From peaceful, Zen-inspired simplicity to the dazzling colours and patterns of kimono fabric, Japan is a country offering a whole world of interior design potential. Here we take a look at five of our favourite Japanese home accessories and …

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How to Decorate the Table Japanese Style

Japanese Table Decoration and the Philosophy of the Aesthetic Are you hosting a Japanese style dinner party? Or would you simply like to bring a touch of the elegant Japanese aesthetic to your dining table? This guide explains how to decorate the table Japanese style, and gives a brief insight into the philosophy behind Japanese …

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5 Minute Guide to Japanese Table Manners

How to Give the Right Impression When Dining in Japan Certain dining etiquette is universal. It’s generally a bad idea to discuss unappealing or tasteless topics, and you should never just leave the table without first excusing yourself and thanking your host. However, most countries also hold their own unique customs – and in the …

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