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Japanese Craft Makers Market/Japan Village

Japanese Handmade markers market at Japan Village

We’re excited to return to Japan Village with talented Japanese handmade artists on June 16th!

Location:934 3rd Ave, Brooklyn(Japan Village 1F Hallway)

Schedule :June 16th 12PM-6PM

Meet Our Talented Japanese Handmade Artists!

handmade embroidered earrings

445.Brooklyn

handmade embroidered earrings.

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rose handmade jewelry

satokomatsu

Satokomatsu is the jewelry world where language becomes wearable art, with a concept: ‘Jewelry can connect people.’ From Arabic to Hiragana and English alphabets, our collection embraces the richness of cultures and languages, bridging connections and sparking conversations. Each piece is handcrafted in the Bronx.

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JOGI NO YUME

JOGI NO YUME

 “JOGI NO YUME “ is all about our dream . . .” Our story began in Hong Kong, where straight Asian parenting and school disciplines existed. Jewelry was once something unreachable for two ordinary 90s girls like us. The rebellion finally took place after college graduation. Healing from ear piercing did not take long, our obsession of earrings grew like wide fire. We shopped from local to premium brands, went on earrings hunting in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand etc. Turned out finding a pair of compatible earrings is just like finding the glass slippers for Cinderella. Big brand products do not always bring the greatest level of comfort. Local brand products do not mean any sacrifices on cuteness and quality. The two girls moved to New York City in 2019. To us, New York City is a melting pot of cultures and arts, filled with possibilities and dreams. We are amazed by world-class jewelry brands here. However, we also find affordable and cute dainty pieces of jewelry not so accessible compared to where we grew up. We questioned ourselves – Shall we do something to make the jewelry we love all the time more accessible here in the U.S.? JOGI NO YUME is our dream, our dream to bring affordable, high quality, cuteness overloaded jewelry to people who fond of them as much as we do!
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crystal handmade jewelry

Kikimama healing

I mainly make earrings and necklaces using crystals.

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Japanese Pop-Up baby socks

Nappel

POP UP SOX are made by Japanese craftsmen using special knitting machines that create the 3-D animal ears and hands that pop out– babies love them and so do grown-ups!

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Hooks and Luxe

Hooks and Luxe

Creating by hand using eco-friendly materials, Hooks & Luxe’s jewelry is unique because of the perfect blend of elegance and sustainability. Every item is handcrafted with such care and attention to detail, using recycled metals and eco-friendly resin. Ryoko, the owner of the brand, creates all pieces in Queens, NY. After studying at an art school in NY, she discovered that accessories design was the perfect outlet for her creativity and design skills. Originally from Japan, her experience in both Japanese and American cultures has given her a broader perspective, and now she puts her unique sensibilities into handmade creations.

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Japanese Pottery Hirokoco

Hirokoco8

Handmade ceramics. For home decorating and table wear and Hiroko’s mini creatures are your friends.

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handmade silver jewelry

Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Handmade starling silver/brass jewelry. Made with special tool that creates organic and abstract shape. Enjoy a unique jewelry and hidden massages. ~chihiro takeshita~
 I put my idea that comes from my experiences, feelings and favorite things into my design. 
Each shapes and designes are slightly different each other as you are. Same meanings, but from different aspect.
I want people to feel the energy through the jewelry.

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Japanese fabric handmade hat

Kazaria3

handmade hat and kimono and tote bags with japanese fabric. Each one is unique.

Winny's Crafts

Winny's Crafts

At Winny’s Crafts, we carefully select colorful fabrics from Asia to create our signature lightweight one-of-a-kind fabric button earrings. You can also find stunning handmade accessories made with a variety of crystals.

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SumiYuri Studio

SumiYuri Studio

 SumiYuri Studio, founded and run by artist and designer Yayoi Filipski, is based in New York’s Lower East Side, where she creates original, 100% hand made rugs, textile art and wall mural inspired by Japanese traditional designs and the creative, innovative energy of downtown New York City

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Pottery Workshop(Plate & Matcha Bowl) By Ayumi Nojiri

togei pottery workshop

Make Your Own Tableware: Join Our Exclusive Pottery Workshop!

About Work Shop

Make your own tableware!
Beginner-friendly class!
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Book The Class Now!

Date and Location

Location : Resobox 91 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

Date: June 15th (Sat)

Time :

  1. 10:30AM-12:00PM
  2. 12:30PM-1:30PM
  3. 2:00PM-3:30PM(Sold Out)

Book The Class

About Class

Knowledge required : Beginner-friendly

What to bring : We recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty or bringing along an apron for protection. For your comfort and safety during the session, we recommend trimming your nails and removing any jewelry from your hands and wrists.

How to receive your finishing work :After crafting your masterpiece, please remember to pick up your finished work at our Manhattan studio approximately one month following the class.

About Instructor
Ayumi Nojiri I make and teach ceramics in New York. I love making ceramics because working with clay helps me relax and focus, allowing me to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Additionally, I am passionate about sharing the joy of ceramics with others and am excited to host this workshop.

Learn more about Ayumi Nojiri

Check out the online shop

 

Ayumi Nojiri
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Togei-Japanese Pottery Pop-Up Event feat Hashi橋

Japanese pottery togei

We're thrilled to announce our special Japanese pottery event, happening on June 15th!

In an exciting collaboration with Hashi 橋 from Massachusetts and Resobox, we’re set to make this event a memorable celebration of creativity and craftsmanship.

Discover a stunning collection of pottery crafted by skilled Japanese artists, ideal for enhancing your home and dining decor.

We will have pottery workshops on the day of the event! Please check the details from here

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Attention restaurant professionals: Explore our collection of bespoke tableware designed to elevate your culinary presentations.

 

Find the perfect pieces to delight your customers! Plus, don’t miss the chance to join our pottery workshop with Ayumi, who will guide you through the joy of pottery-making. More details about workshop will be in below.

____What is Hashi? ____

“Hashi” means bridge in Japanese. I would like my store to be a bridge that conveys the values that go into the crafting and use of everyday home wares in Japan.

 

In Japan, the shokunin (artisan) is more than a master of craft techniques. The shokunin also embodies spiritual attitudes of respect for materials, full mindfulness in the crafting process, and selfless service to those who will use their wares.

 

I believe the shokunin skill and attitude are transferred to the wares they create. When I use one of these cups I not only appreciate its beauty, but also the natural materials and the loving effort that brought it to me.

 

In this way, the object deepens my attention to each moment and enhances my enjoyment of everything I do. I hope to share this special feeling with you.

 

Date and Location​

📍Location

Resobox 91 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

 

📅⏰ Date & Hour

 

Date: June 15th (Sat)

 

Time : 11AM~4:30PM

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We will have Japanese Sweets And Snacks!

Japanese Melon pan & Michi filled cookies By Tomochi bakery NYC

Mochi cookie
Japanese Melon Bread

Meet our talented Japanese potters!

Hirokoco

I’d like to share my handmade ceramics for a small happiness and heeling of your life.

Which is some unique or useful table wear or object.

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Hirokoco

Gokigen Pottery

Bio: Crafted at home, fitting snugly in your hands, bringing tranquility to your soul.

Creating pieces that seamlessly blend into everyday moments, embracing and comforting.

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Namiko Kato Pottery

Handmade pottery

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Mikikony

 When making pottery, the warmth of the soil promotes the healing effect. Keep the shape as simple as possible and leave the rest to the flames.

 

A collaboration of glaze and flame, a work of nature. You can hold it with both hands, put it on your palm, roll it, or just pick it up and you will feel the warmth.

 

And someday your heart will calm down. Even if I think I made it the same way, depending on the season and how I feel about it, the baking will look different. I focus on healing pottery.

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AWartworks

Handmade ceramic with organic shapes and colors

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Namipot NYC

Colorful Ceramic Handmade in Brooklyn One & Only! They make you happy 😉

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Japanese Pottery Namipot NYC
Japanese Pottery Namipot NYC
Japanese Pottery Namipot NYC

About workshop

Join us for a creative journey in our pottery workshop on the same day!

Join us for a creative journey in our pottery workshop on the same day!

Make your own tableware and anjoy your daily meal at home.

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This workshop is perfect for individuals of all skill levels.

You can make your own matcha bowl (one bowl) or plate from scratch using just your hands, and the instructor can assist you in creating a beautiful piece.

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Class Schedule

Things to prepare

Knowledge required : Beginner-friendly

What to bring : We recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty or bringing along an apron for protection. For your comfort and safety during the session, we recommend trimming your nails and removing any jewelry from your hands and wrists.

How to receive your finishing work :After crafting your masterpiece, please remember to pick up your finished work at our Manhattan studio approximately one month following the class.

About Instructor
Ayumi Nojiri I make and teach ceramics in New York. I love making ceramics because working with clay helps me relax and focus, allowing me to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Additionally, I am passionate about sharing the joy of ceramics with others and am excited to host this workshop.

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HUGFest/Collaboration Art Event With HUG

HUGFest collaboration event

About HUGFest

Join Us!

Date : April 2, 2024

Time : 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Address : 185 Greenwich St LL3110, New York, NY(Canvas 3.0 Gallery)

Special thanks to HUG for the incredible opportunity to collaborate with you and other amazing artists!

 

Taking place at the Canvas 3.0 Gallery located within the iconic Oculus World Trade Center, HUGFest invites artists, curators, creatives, and industry leaders to connect with one another while exploring the intersection of art and technology:

  • Shop our pop-up Artist Market featuring artists, crafters, and makers from in and out of New York City
  • Explore an art exhibition of curated work from our global community
  • Get interactive and learn through live art demonstrations

Our talented Japanese artists will be joining us!

SumiYuri Studio

Sumi Yuri Studio, founded and run by artist and designer Yayoi Filipski, is based in New York’s Lower East Side, where she creates original, 100% hand made rugs and textile art inspired by Japanese traditional designs and the creative, innovative energy of downtown New York City

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Japanese handmade rug artist SumiYuri Studio
Japanese handmade rug artist SumiYuri Studio

Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Handmade starling silver/brass jewelry. Made with special tool that creates organic and abstract shape. Enjoy a unique jewelry and hidden massages. ~chihiro takeshita~
 I put my idea that comes from my experiences, feelings and favorite things into my design. 
Each shapes and designes are slightly different each other as you are. Same meanings, but from different aspect.
I want people to feel the energy through the jewelry.

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Interview article of pucci ropa jewelry

Silver Jewelry Pucci Ropa Jewelry
Silver Jewelry Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Shop Online!

If you’re unable to join us in person for our special event, we’d love for you to still be a part of the excitement! Explore our exclusive online shop at the link below.

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Japanese Sakura Craft Fair

Sakura Japanese Handmade Craft Fair

Let's celebrate spring with our talented Japanese handmade artists !🌸🌸

Join us as we showcase talented handmade artists at the event! Discover beautiful and unique jewelry, apparel, home goods, and more available for purchase. Plus, don’t miss out on our special Sakura (Cherry Blossom) themed giveaway goodies for customers who make purchases. 

Date and Location

📍Location

91 E 3rd St, New York *Indoor and free administration 

📅⏰ Date & Hour

Date: April 7th (Sunday)
Time : 2 PM – 6 PM
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special collaboration

Special Collaboration with Japanese fruits sandwich shop "Elly's Pastry!"

Japanese Fruits sandwich Elly's Pastry

Elly’s Pastry, which opened in 2022, will be featuring their signature menu item, the Japanese Fruit Sandwich, at our event! 

This delicious treat features fresh, ripe fruit with cream between slices of soft, fluffy bread for a sweet and colorful experience.

Please do not miss this opportunity!

 

They have a store in NYC!

Location : 11 E 32nd Street, New York

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Sakura Green Tea tasting with Sugimoto Tea

Sugimoto Sakura Green Tea Tasting

Free Give Away

Sakura Handmade Soap Giveaway

Don’t miss out on our special Sakura (Cherry Blossom) themed giveaway goodies for customers who make purchases.
See you there!

Meet our talented artists and designers!

kazaria3

handmade reversible hat with Japanese fabric and kimono.

Kazaria 3
Kazaria3 handmade bucket hat

Sari Not Sorry

One-of-a-kind knitwear by freehand knitting

IMG_3884 - Sari Mercedes Molina
Sari Mercedes Molina

SumiYuri Studio

Sumi Yuri Studio, founded and run by artist and designer Yayoi Filipski, is based in New York’s Lower East Side, where she creates original, 100% hand made rugs and textile art inspired by Japanese traditional designs and the creative, innovative energy of downtown New York City

Japanese handmade rug artist SumiYuri Studio
Japanese handmade rug artist SumiYuri Studio

Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Handmade starling silver/brass jewelry. Made with special tool that creates organic and abstract shape. Enjoy a unique jewelry and hidden massages. ~chihiro takeshita~
 I put my idea that comes from my experiences, feelings and favorite things into my design. 
Each shapes and designes are slightly different each other as you are. Same meanings, but from different aspect.
I want people to feel the energy through the jewelry.

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Interview article of pucci ropa jewelry

Japanese silver jewelry designer Pucci Ropa Jewelry
Japanese silver jewelry designer Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Hirokoco

Handmade ceramics for Tableware , Home decoration . These are the one of kind for you.

Japanese handmade pottery Hirokoco
Japanese handmade pottery Hirokoco

JOGI NO YUME

The two girls moved to New York City from Hong Kong in 2019. To us, New York City is a melting pot of cultures and arts, filled with possibilities and dreams. We are amazed by world-class jewelry brands here. However, we also find affordable and cute dainty pieces of jewelry not so accessible compared to where we grew up. We questioned ourselves – Shall we do something to make the jewelry we love all the time more accessible here in the U.S.? JOGI NO YUME is our dream, our dream to bring affordable, high quality, cuteness overloaded jewelry to people who fond of them as much as we do!

JOGI NO YUME
JOGI NO YUME

Winny's Crafts

My products are handmade button earrings with unique Japanese style fabric from Japan and Taiwan.

Winny's Crafts
Winny's Crafts

satokomatsu

Cherry blossom (sakura) in Japanese word earrings. Designed with beautiful curvy letters in Japanese letter “Hiragana”. This is designed with “さくら[sa-ku-ra]” which means “cherry blossom” in Japanese. From the bottom, clockwise, さ, く and ら.

 

Please check her interview article from here!

Check out our exclusive 10% discount on Sakura-themed jewelry by satokomatsu! Don’t miss out, click the link below!

Please note that this offer is exclusively available for customers attending the event and picking up their purchase from satokomatsu’s booth on the same day of the event.

Shop Sakura Hiragana Earring Now! 10% OFF

sakura hiragana necklace
handmade sakura earrings

Kikimama healing

Kikimama healing

Pompkins Baby by Nappel

Pop Up Sox are made by Japanese craftsmen using special knitting machines that create the 3-D animal ears and hands that pop out– babies love them and so do grown-ups!

They are ideal baby shower gifts. Pompkins Baby organic cotton products have a natural and gentle feel. They are made from cotton that is grown in soil not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers for more than three years– ladybugs are used instead of pesticides, and is harvested after the frost has ended when leaves fall off naturally.

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baby socks Nappel
baby socks Nappel

Fragrant Olive

Handmade soaps with Japanese koi fish and makeup bags using Japanese fabrics.

handmade soap Fragrant Olive
Handmade bag Fragrant Olive

Riverside Wrapping Co.

Riverside Wrapping Co. offers high quality custom gift wrapping service and Mizuhiki (Japanese paper cords) accesories by certified Gift Wrapping Coordinator Emi, based in Upper West Side, NY.

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Valentine’s Day Japanese Craft Fair/ Katagiri 59th

Katagiri Valentine's day Japanese craft fair

We are having our first craft fair at Japanese grocery store 'Katagiri 59th store'

We will have a Japanese handmade booth at the Japanese grocery store in Manhattan, ‘Katagiri.’ We will be featuring dried flowers, handmade accessories, and kimono bags. Don’t miss this opportunity; it will be a two-day event!

Please check their instagram.

 

📍 Location: 

224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022(free administration )


📅 Date&⏰Time:

Feb 10th (Sat) 12PM-5PM

Feb 11th(Sun) 12PM-4PM

 

Meet our handmade artists!

fancy pop

Handmade jewelry for the everyday girl

Handmade cute jewelry and accessories including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair pins and more!
🎨 Resin & air dry clay

 
Sushi Earrings

Bead Factory Ever Green/ビーズ工房 Ever Green

Origami accessories (earrings & hair ornaments) you can use for both casual and formal occasions. One of a kind earrings, necklaces, rings with beads, pearls, and gemstones carefully crafted with love. She is a certified professor of “Jewelry Crochet” technique.

Origami earrings evergreen

水引装飾Twilight

“Mizuhiki” is a traditional Japanese paper string used for celebrations. It is used as a prayer decoration to wish for happiness.
Everyday, with the strength of a Japanese heart.
These Mizuhiki are made of light material so that it is easy to wear as an accessory.

mizuhiki twilight

ryuroru

Ryuroru creates accessories for all ages and all genders. The accessories are made with 925 silver.
The main concepts behind the brand are sea, space, and simple.
ryuroru

MEINFINITY

The fabrics have unique designs of such quality that you feel as if you are wearing Japanese artwork. These bags are for anyone who would like to have unique designs based on Japanese culture. By owning your own Japanese bag, you can always have a piece of Japanese culture with you.

Interview Article 

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Online Store

MEINFINITY Kimono Bag

Heartfish

Heartfish Press is a creative studio located in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in letterpress printing and floral design. The studio offers a variety of letterpress prints, cards, and custom design services that involve creating floral designs using dried flowers.

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Dried flower arrangement

If you missed the event, don’t worry! 

We have an online store where you can find Japanese special handmade items

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Japanese Food & Craft Fair/Tangram in Flushing

Japanese food and craft fair

Event details

Discover Japanese-Inspired food and craft show!

We’re thrilled to share that our collaboration with Resobox will showcase a delightful array of Japanese culinary treasures.

Explore a stunning collection of earrings, necklaces, and more, all with a touch of Japanese inspiration. Calling all Japanese artists and creators influenced by Japan to showcase their unique works! Join us to experience a showcase of diverse artistic talents.

Event Details:

📍 Location : Tangram

      133-33 39th Ave, Queens

📅 Date: Jan 20th(Sat)&21st (Sun)
⏰ Time: 12 PM – 7PM

Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in creativity and culture.

Tangram Mall Japanese craft and food fair

Meet our handmade artists!

JOGI NO YUME

JOGI NO YUME we take pride in curating handcrafted products, each imbued with the essence of Japan. Our dedication to quality and the use of authentic Japanese supplies ensure that every piece tells a unique story. We made every piece from our heart and hoping to bring along joy to all the New Yorker.

JOGI NO YUME
JOGI NO YUME

Riverside Wrapping Co.

Riverside Wrapping Co. offers high quality custom gift wrapping service and Mizuhiki (Japanese paper cords) accesories by certified Gift Wrapping Coordinator Emi, based in Upper West Side, NY.

Japanese Mizuhiki Earrings
mizuhiki artist

satokomatsu

Satoko founder of satokomatsu, a native of Osaka, was nurtured by a blend of influences including her parents, an English teacher, and a Japanese calligraphy instructor. Throughout her university years, where she delved into Italian language and culture, Arabic, and Hebrew studies, she embarked on a journey to Florence to explore the realm of jewelry design.

After accumulating eight years of experience as a jewelry designer in Japan, Satoko relocated to New York in 2013 to further refine her design prowess. It was in 2015 that she took the bold step of establishing her personal jewelry line, marking a significant milestone in her creative journey.

Dragon necklace designed with Arabic word. Not only is this necklace a beautiful jewelry, but it’s also a great tool to help you learn Arabic, and a conversation starter. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, It’s the perfect gift for someone was born in this year.

 

Please check her interview article from here!

Dragon necklace designed with Arabic
satokomatsu

Kazaria3

Handmade hat and kimono used Japanese fabric

 

Kazaria3
Japanese Handmade Hat designer

Hiroko Yokotagawa

Potter in NYC
I’ll die with clay 🖤 土の中で眠りたい…love nature and explore 💚

 

Hiroko Yokotagawa
Hiroko Yokotagawa

We will have delightful Japanese treats like fresh fruit and grilled sweet potato

Ikigai Fruits

Behind every fruit, there’s a farmer with an Ikigai.

Ikigai Fruits

If you missed the event, don’t worry! 

We have an online store where you can find Japanese special handmade items

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Chelsea Market Pop-Up Shop Collaboration with 1 Common

Chelsea Market popup shop

About collaboration event

Exciting Collaboration Alert: Join us for our latest event with 1COMMON! Since 2012, 1COMMON, originally a pop-up shop in Chelsea Market, has been showcasing a thoughtfully curated array of fashion, culture, and lifestyle brands. Our collaboration aims to support brands in establishing their identity and creatively promoting their products.

1 common Chelsea market

Date and Location

📍 Location: : Chelsea Market

75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th & 16th St.) New York,

📅 Date : Dec 16th(Sat)-24th(Sun) 

⏰ Time:11AM-7PM

*Only 1/13(Sat) is 11AM-8PM

 

Chelsea market collaboration event with 1 Common

Featured Brands at the Event

niji Japanese handmade marketplace

Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Handmade starling silver/brass jewelry. Made with special tool that creates organic and abstract shape. Enjoy a unique jewelry and hidden massages.

Instagram

Interview article of pucci ropa jewelry

Pucci Ropa Jewelry
Japanese Jewelry designer

Lunaris

Hand crafted from start to finish. Lunaris Jewelry by NYC based Japanese designer Airi Nishiguchi captures the purity and effervescence of the moment you see a rainbow or a full moon. With dozens of designs available in Sterling Silver, Brass and 14k gold as well as comissioned pieces, you can bring a bit of charm and delight to your look.

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Lunaris Japanese jewelry designer
Lunaris Japanese jewelry designer

MEINFINITY

The fabrics have unique designs of such quality that you feel as if you are wearing Japanese artwork. These bags are for anyone who would like to have unique designs based on Japanese culture. By owning your own Japanese bag, you can always have a piece of Japanese culture with you.

Interview Article 

Instagram

Online Store

Japanese kimono bag designer
Japanese kimono bag designer

Pompkins Baby by Nappel

Pop Up Sox are made by Japanese craftsmen using special knitting machines that create the 3-D animal ears and hands that pop out– babies love them and so do grown-ups!

They are ideal baby shower gifts. Pompkins Baby organic cotton products have a natural and gentle feel. They are made from cotton that is grown in soil not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers for more than three years– ladybugs are used instead of pesticides, and is harvested after the frost has ended when leaves fall off naturally.

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baby socks brand Nappel
baby socks Nappel

kazaria3

Handmade reversible bucket hat with Javanese fabric.

Instagram

Online Store

Japanese Handmade Hat designer
Kazaria 3

ryuroru

ryuroru creates accessories for all ages and all genders. The accessories are made with 925 silver.
The main concepts behind the brand are sea, space, and simple.
 
Ryuroru

Q:Lastly, could you share your outlook for the future?

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Valentine’s Day Japanese Crafts and Artisan Market / Feb 4th 2024

Valentine’s Day Japanese Crafts and Artisan Market
UPBEET!Tokyo
Japanese handmade makers market
Scrap Artisan
kazaria3

Event details

Discover Japanese-Inspired Accessories and Art at Our Craft Show!

Explore a stunning collection of earrings, necklaces, and more, all with a touch of Japanese inspiration. Calling all Japanese artists and creators influenced by Japan to showcase their unique works! Join us to experience a showcase of diverse artistic talents.

Event Details:

📍 Location: 91 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003 *Indoor and free administration 
📅 Date: Feb 4th (Sunday)
⏰ Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in creativity and culture!

Eventbrite 

Japanese handmade makers market
Japanese makers market

We will have a special tasting event! Japanese vegan and gluten-free donut from Tokyo will join our event.

UPBEET!Tokyo

In 2018, we launched a vegan and gluten-free donut shop in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, our presence has expanded nationwide in Japan, garnering attention for our products. What sets our products apart is the incorporation of traditional Japanese fermented ingredients like amazake, enabling the effective intake of probiotics in our donuts. We also emphasize the use of clean ingredients. Additionally, we’ve introduced ‘Mochi’ textured donuts to our range. We invite you to indulge in our unique and nutritious donuts, exclusively crafted from Japan.

 

Japanese Vegan Donut

Meet our handmade artists!

We are excited to introduce our talented Japanese artists at the event.

You’ll have the chance to meet the handmade creators in person, hear their stories, and learn about the intricate details behind each item. Discover truly unique and creative works for yourself or find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Scrap Artisan

Scrap Artisan creates uniquely handcrafted items from recycled or reclaimed materials, such as teddy bears made from kimono fabric and bags made from obi sashes.

Yukiyo Nagata

Kazaria3

Handmade hat and kimono used Japanese fabric

 

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Kazaria 3

satokomatsu

Satoko founder of satokomatsu, a native of Osaka, was nurtured by a blend of influences including her parents, an English teacher, and a Japanese calligraphy instructor. Throughout her university years, where she delved into Italian language and culture, Arabic, and Hebrew studies, she embarked on a journey to Florence to explore the realm of jewelry design.

After accumulating eight years of experience as a jewelry designer in Japan, Satoko relocated to New York in 2013 to further refine her design prowess. It was in 2015 that she took the bold step of establishing her personal jewelry line, marking a significant milestone in her creative journey.

GRAPE pendant in Hiragana. Can you find the hidden ‘ぶどう’ in the cluster, a symbol of fertility and wealth? You can enjoy the beauty of language and culture with this ‘word picture’ style design. A thoughtful gift for wine lovers and Japanese enthusiasts.

Please check her interview article from here!

satokomatsu
Ume

Designed with beautiful curvy letters in Japanese うめ [oo-meh] means “plum blossom” in Japanese. Top part is including “う” and two petals at the bottom is designed with “め”. Using a word, design its shape so I call this style “word picture”. Very unique design concept. You can use this one as a conversation starter because the letters are well blended, nobody notices it’s letter until you explain. Then you can communicate with jewelry.

TeaLoveCrochet

TeaLoveCrochet expands on what we normally associate with knit and crochet. Creating cute accessories inspired by Asian food, Harajuku fashion, and their own Asian American culture.

 

TeaLoveCrochet
TeaLoveCrochet

Riverside Wrapping Co.

Riverside Wrapping Co. offers high quality custom gift wrapping service and Mizuhiki (Japanese paper cords) accesories by certified Gift Wrapping Coordinator Emi, based in Upper West Side, NY.

mizuhiki artist
Japanese Mizuhiki Earrings

JOGI NO YUME

JOGI NO YUME we take pride in curating handcrafted products, each imbued with the essence of Japan. Our dedication to quality and the use of authentic Japanese supplies ensure that every piece tells a unique story. We made every piece from our heart and hoping to bring along joy to all the New Yorker.

JOGI NO YUME
JOGI NO YUME

Pucci Ropa Jewelry

Handmade starling silver/brass jewelry. Made with special tool that creates organic and abstract shape. Enjoy a unique jewelry and hidden massages.

Instagram

Interview article of pucci ropa jewelry

Pucci Ropa Jewelry
Japanese silver jewelry designer

Pompkins Baby by Nappel

Pop Up Sox are made by Japanese craftsmen using special knitting machines that create the 3-D animal ears and hands that pop out– babies love them and so do grown-ups!

They are ideal baby shower gifts. Pompkins Baby organic cotton products have a natural and gentle feel. They are made from cotton that is grown in soil not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers for more than three years– ladybugs are used instead of pesticides, and is harvested after the frost has ended when leaves fall off naturally.

Instagram

baby socks Nappel
baby socks brand Nappel

MEINFINITY

The fabrics have unique designs of such quality that you feel as if you are wearing Japanese artwork. These bags are for anyone who would like to have unique designs based on Japanese culture. By owning your own Japanese bag, you can always have a piece of Japanese culture with you.

Interview Article 

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Discover MEINFINITY’s journey to create exquisite Japanese handbags made from vintage kimonos.

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This is an interview article with a handicraft artist who expresses the desire to expand handicraft creations from Japan to overseas. NiJi features many talented artists who are engaged in creative activities with such aspirations. On this page, we will delve deeper into the charm of the affiliated artists and their works. In this first interview, we speak with Akiko, the designer behind the brand 'MEINFINITY', which specializes in bags made from traditional Japanese materials such as kimono and obi.

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Q: The beautiful bags with traditional patterns are modern and quite impressive. What inspired you to make bags from kimono and obi fabrics?

In recent years, even as a Japanese person, direct interaction with kimono in daily life has become quite rare. I was one of those who thought, “I’d like to wear it, but it takes time and money, and it’s high-end, so it seems inaccessible. My turning point came when I happened to walk into a recycled kimono store. At that moment, I picked up a kimono and examined it for the first time. Although I had no knowledge about kimonos, I was captivated by the item in my hands and thought, “The pattern of these flowers is incredibly cute! Being ignorant, I didn’t approach it from a traditional perspective, but saw it as a unique design that immediately caught my eye. As I stood in front of the mirror holding an obi I particularly liked, I intuitively felt, “This could be a clutch bag,” and this newfound discovery brought me joy. Without hesitation, I bought obis and haoris and started making bags at home.

Q: Did you have any experience sewing or making small items before, or was this your first venture into such creative work?

I actually had zero skills. The desire to “give it a try” drove me to start from scratch by buying a home sewing machine. Both the sewing machine and kimonos were completely new to me, so I worked on my projects while visiting a kimono shop once a week. The women at the shop shared tips such as, “Since the fabric is thick, it’s better to use denim needles for the sewing machine,” and they provided various insights along with interesting anecdotes. By taking their advice, I was able to shape things little by little.

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Q: Your proactive approach is really impressive. It started as a hobby, right? Could you share the journey from that hobby to eventually selling your creations?

For the birthday of an American friend who lives in San Francisco, I decided to make a bag as a gift. It was the very first thing I posted on Instagram. At first, it was more of a record for myself, since I had just made it. Looking back, it was a simple creation without a pattern. But at the time, I thought it was quite well done, so I took it to the kimono shop I mentioned earlier. To my surprise, the elderly ladies who were customers there said things like, “Anyone who buys this must be pitiful,” and expressed various negative opinions. I was really upset and thought, “I’m going to prove them wrong

Q: It became one of the driving forces, didn't it? At this stage, were you creating them purely as a hobby, without any thoughts of selling?

Yes, I used to make them as a hobby. Later, I happened to participate in a garage sale and sold my creations for the first time. Art students from an art college happened to be there and were happy to buy them. It brought me great joy to see something I had made being sold and recognized.

 

After that, as I gradually created more and shared them on Instagram, I received positive reactions from foreigners. Thinking, “Maybe this could work,” I sent them to friends in France, New York, Canada, Thailand, and Korea and asked for their opinions. The responses were very different from those of Japanese people. While the Japanese tended to see the pieces as “kimono patterns,” the foreigners saw them purely as “designs. They appreciated the work without preconceived notions.

 

In addition, people of mixed Japanese ancestry expressed their happiness by saying that wearing my bags became “part of their identity” and “having something Japanese made them proud. Hearing this, I was convinced that my creations had value beyond just being bags.

Japanese kimono bag designer

Q: Did you realize the value of your creations from the different reactions in Japan and overseas?

Yes, from this experience, I started a brand to turn it into a business.

So I went to New York, where I had researched and found many foreigners selling kimonos.

I walked around New York every day with my most colorful homemade bag. I approached people who seemed to like Japan, sent DMs to various people, and even attended Japan festivals where Japan enthusiasts gathered.

Japanese kimono bag designer
Japanese kimono bag designer

Q: How did you find the differences between Japan and New York?

In Japan, although it may be different for the younger generation, there are generally strict rules regarding kimonos. The patterns vary with the seasons, and there are many times when they cannot be worn. Because of the deep-rooted traditions, many people don’t see them as “fashion.

However, I want to promote these patterns as “designs” and “fashion. That’s why I had to go to America. In New York, I was able to prove that they are accepted with a completely different sensibility than in Japan.

Japanese kimono bag designer
Japanese kimono bag designer

Q: There is a strength in Akiko. What could be the reason for her deep fascination with the charm of kimonos?

Wearing a kimono is like wearing a “Japanese painting”. If you cut out part of the pattern, it is truly art in itself. I am fascinated by kimonos in this way, and to make them more accessible as a fashion, I arrange them in a contemporary style and share them.

Many Japanese people often say, ‘I don’t know how to coordinate it. When I talk to people, many of them express interest in kimonos and want to own one, but the fear of being judged by others acts as a significant barrier; it basically boils down to the idea that it’s difficult to use because others don’t use it. However, foreigners tend to act on what they personally want rather than how others perceive them. It’s as simple as “I think it’s cute, so I’m going to use it.

Japanese kimono bag designer

Q: In this case, would the target audience be international customers?

When I share on social media, a significant number of interested people are foreigners, especially those from Western countries. For the past two years, as I have been shuttling between New York and Japan, I have been acutely aware of the differences in response.

I want to shine where there is demand. In Japan, I received a lot of negative comments. However, considering the drastic change when I moved to New York, I think the first focus should be on expanding internationally.

Q: You are well versed in foreign relations and have many friends living abroad. I am also impressed by your strong ability to take immediate action.

To make my debut overseas at the age of 8, my parents applied for a program organized by Shizuoka Prefecture. We sailed to Saipan and Guam during spring break. Then, in my first year of junior high school, I participated in a student exchange program to Nepal with our sister school. In my second year, I went on an educational trip to Hawaii. Through these experiences, I became aware of the differences between Japan and other countries at a young age.

As a result, I had many questions about unique Japanese rules, such as “Why can’t you dye your hair? “Why are piercings not allowed?” and “Is the discipline of seniors and juniors really necessary?”

Later, as a college student and professional, I continued to travel between Japan and overseas, making use of my experiences abroad. Whenever I go abroad, I always feel a sense of excitement. The more I do, the more acquaintances I make and the more connections I establish. When I am invited by locals, my response is an immediate “Yes!”-I act immediately.

Q: What do you think is the source of the power to take action without hesitation?

When you make decisions and take actions on your own, people around you naturally support you. The ability to act is made possible by the support of cooperative people. From the outside, it may look like I’m doing everything on my own, but it’s really the support of those who agree with me that makes my actions possible.

I also have a rebellious spirit. In response to people who bring negative opinions, I want to show results and prove them wrong.

Q:Lastly, could you share your outlook for the future?

I would like to delve deeper into the world of kimono and materials (fabrics, etc.). While refining my sewing skills with the help of my skilled aunt who is a dressmaker, I am eager to learn more.

In addition, I strive to emphasize the sense of uniqueness, such as the use of high-quality fabrics and threads, and the creation of precious items through special weaving techniques. In addition to focusing on design for international audiences, I plan to incorporate the cherished traditional culture of the Japanese and ensure that each pattern carries a meaningful story.

By showcasing aspects that may go unnoticed if confined to Japan, I hope to prove that they can shine when presented to a global audience. It would bring me great happiness to envision a future where the wonderful traditions and cultures I bring abroad contribute to a significant and widespread impact.

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