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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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Understanding the Japanese Writing System

Understanding the Japanese Writing System

Japan is well known for its unique language and Japanese letters, and is one of the most recognisable writing systems in the world. For non-native speakers, especially Westerners, the Japanese language can seem interesting and exotic as it bears no resemblance to their own language, particularly in written format. However, the Japanese writing system is, …

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What is Japanese Calligraphy?

Japanese Calligraphy has been a fine art form for centuries. Known as ‘Shodo’, the history of this calligraphy has Chinese roots that were introduced into Japan at around 600 AD. At the start of calligraphy in China, it was used for inscribing bones with pictographs as a religious practice. This then evolved into a standardised …

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Japanese letter openers - katana

New Japanese Letter Openers Now in Stock

About Our Katana Letter Openers We now have two Japanese letter openers in our online shop, both beautifully crafted to resemble katana (Japanese swords). Our katana letter openers feature stunning decorative handles, scabbards and keyring attachments – the perfect gift for martial arts enthusiasts and keen letter writers. From left to right: Katana Letter Opener, …

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New Cards Added to our Collection Today

We have just added two new Japanese cards to our collection today. The Whirling Snow card design is based on a woodblock print by Japanese artist, Kamisaka Sekka, whilst the Senju Waterfall card is based on another similar type of print by well-known Japanese artist, Kawase Hasui. Our greeting cards are blank inside, however, for …

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