What's in Store Blog

August 26, 2020

A Light in the Woods

When the sun went down I attached the solar puff to the support bars of my tent and basked in the glory of the warm white light.

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Kasuri or ikat?

Whenever I see clothing made with kasuri fabrics, I find them hard to resist (no pun intended). And while we don’t carry a lot of clothing in our store, once in awhile I have to make these beautiful pieces available to remind people of these traditional textile arts.

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July 08, 2020

Calling All Vegans!

As the Store’s resident Vegan I was asked to test and review a new vegan cookbook called “Vegan Japaneasy,” By Tim Anderson.

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June 12, 2020

Paper Cranes

...sharing something special.

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May 29, 2020

Dogs vs Cats

The Inu Hariko is viewed as a symbol of protection, loyalty and family, it is often given as a gift to children and pregnant women. So the next time you think, “What a cute looking cat!” think twice because it may not be a cat but an Inu Hariko!

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May 19, 2020

Mask On, Mask Off—Staying Safe in Mr. Miyagi Style

Well, it’s looking like face coverings are going to be with us for awhile. And instead of the people who are monku-ing about it, I admire those individuals who are trying to make masking-up fun and even meaningful.

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May 07, 2020

Let us help you de-stress!

seed packet

The JANM store carries Japanese vegetable seeds from the Kitazawa seed Company founded in 1917. Kitazawa seed company is the oldest seed company in the US to sell Asian vegetable seeds in the US. We carry seeds for Japanese eggplant, kabocha, daikon, edamame, cucumber, and my personal favorite red (aka) shiso. In fact I am including a recipe for a refreshing iced red shiso drink at the end of this blog!

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