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Japanese Classics via New York

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 09, 2013 01:07 AM
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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Nov 08, 2013

Asako Ueno grew up just south of Tokyo in the coastal town of Chigasaki, where, for 15 years, she owned a shop specializing in imported goods for beach living. Later, she worked as a buying consultant for the late, great New York branch of department store Takashimaya where, she tells us, "I learned what to look out for and how to find well designed products and their passionate creators." Based in Brooklyn since 2009, Ueno now runs her own online enterprises: Southern Accents New York , which brings a well-edited look at overseas life to Japan, and  Anzu New York , which is devoted to introducing time-honored Japanese goods to an American audience. Here are some of her Japanese finds.  Above: A  Large Tea Pot Ash Gray , porcelain with a rattan handle and built-in tea strainer; $85.   Above: Handwoven Bamboo Sieve Baskets , 8.3-inches wide; $38 each — "simple, even basic, but everlasting," says  Asako, who points out that it in addition to rustic sieves, they make a good fruit containes.   Above: A set of four Chinese-style  Black Bamboo Spoons  made in Kyoto; $65. Above: From the orchard region Aomori, a light but strong  Bamboo Apple Basket ; $150. Asako recommends using it as a shopping basket. Above: Gray and black-glazed dinnerware by  Yumiko Iihoshi . The small Tori Dish , here filled with jam, is also used as a tea bag holder and sweets plate; $30. Above: The  Copper Tea Leaf Container  for matcha, hand-hammered from two sheets of copper with an intricate closure: $280.  Want to see some of these pieces firsthand? Anzu New York will be joining us at our first  Remodelista Market in New York . And for more online shopping, check out another great source for well-crafted Japanese goods: Analogue Life in Nagoya.         






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