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Japanese Furniture

The striking presence of Japanese furniture. Japanese craftsmanship comes through with use

Clothing drawers for kimonos. Sitting room drawers for storing dishes and food. Wheeled drawers designed for easy movement. Karakuri drawers for hiding secrets. Medicine drawers. Drawers used on ships as safe boxes for storing valuables. Step chests designed for efficient use of space. The Japanese attention to detail has engendered various new forms of furniture.

The meticulous work of craftsmen found in every surface and corner

Japanese furniture of every type appears delicate but durable. Carvings on door surfaces, intricate patterns engraved on drawer handles, and the precision of drawer locks. These are a testament to the skillful hands and diligent care of the Japanese craftsmen. These furniture pieces are not only beautiful to look at, but also expertly designed for long-term use. Carefully assembled without metal nails, they rarely warp or lose their structure.

Strict selection of materials

As an island nation extending to the north and south, Japan lives through extreme seasonal differences. The wood used for furniture in the Japanese climate must be large enough to process, beautiful in appearance, and strong enough to withstand the changes in the seasons. Kuwa (mulberry), keyaki (zelkova), and nara (oak) are examples of wood varieties that meet these requirements. Yet kiri (paulownia) is the most prized, mainly for its light weight (the lightest wood available in Japan) and ability to protect stored items from changes in humidity. In history, a highly functional kiri chest was once an essential dowry for a Japanese bride.

Urushi Lacquer Ware

Lacquer ware born from layer upon layer of painstaking care

Urushi lacquer ware is a widely known specialty craft, produced by the art we call "Japanning" in English. The creation of a breathtakingly beautiful lacquered dish or box begins with the application of numerous coats of urushi on wood or paper. Gold, silver, seashells, and other materials are then used to draw delicate images on the lacquered wood or paper. The process of creating a single piece of lacquer ware is complex, involving 30 to 40 steps. Before completion, a single piece of lacquer ware passes through the hands of various experts, including a craftsman who forms the shape, a craftsman who applies the urushi layers onto the wood, a craftsman who paints the piece, and a craftsman who applies decorations such as powdered gold.

What you can get here

Swords, armor, and helmets. Enter the brave world of the samurai.

Screens showing the beautiful natural landscapes of Japan. Decorate your home with these painting-like pieces of art.

We have a large collection of unique antique goods found nowhere else.

Lamps made of ceramic, such as Kutani and Imari porcelain. Many are one-of-a-kind, limited stock items, so hurry!

We also have a large selection of antique kimonos and obi (sashes), including elaborate wedding kimonos, lovingly passed down through generations.

* You can see more images on our floor guide page.