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Upon A Fold in Japan – Favourite Online Finds

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 2nd September 2010

- Even MORE excellent finds from Justine today…. this time, it’s a round-up of her favourite Japan-based online shops!  PERFECT!  I can’t quite afford a plane ticket to Tokyo at the moment… but… those Claska lightshades and ceramics seem like a good trade off in the meantime!?  Bookmark bookmark bookmark… – Lucy x

Eimeku – My kind of style from Eimeku – Oh my, I seriously need those shoes!

Billet -These are some of my favourite Billet finds – so simple, so sweet! – Clockwise from top left: Antique ‘Bonneru’ Tin, The Object of Kotri, 4th-market Milk Pan, Un Esprit En Prus – tin plates, Polar Bear Family, Burgon & Ball Wood Labels

If you love Japanese design but can’t make it over there, the next best way to discover new creations and their latest products is via Japanese shops that exist online. I browse them all the time and my bookmarked section of favourite sites is now full of beautiful shops that stock incredibly gorgeous goods. I visit them whenever I can, to do a spot of window shopping – it’s a really great way to see what’s new and out there and to be inspired too!

When the Upon A Fold shop launched around 7 months ago, I remember reading this sentence on a blog somewhere, “Justine travels the world with her husband Matt sourcing paper goods for their online shop” or something like that. I thought WOWWW, how awesome does that sound?? If only it were true! The truth is, up until my recent visit to Tokyo all the paper goods in the shop were found online. Nope, sorry no glamorous “travelling the world” story to share here. Just loads and loads of browsing, clicking and emailing. And although I’m mainly searching for paper goods, I’m forever being distracted and falling in love with objects made from other materials too.

So today I thought I would share some of my favourite finds with you. They come from many different Japanese online shops and all the links are listed below for you to bookmark too. Not all the products are from Japan – some of the antiques have been sourced from Europe. But each and every object is just so beautiful and if I were to add a sneaky ‘paper-free’ section in my shop, these are all the things I would include!

Happy Browsing and see you tomorrow for my last guest post.

Justine x


Chigo – Old school toys to die for! – Clockwise from top left: Chigo Playthings – Tops, Chigo Playthings – Cup and Ball, Chigo Playthings – Tumbling Doll Drop

Claska – Everything in this shop is amazing! And their store in Tokyo is incredible too. If you’d like to see images of it, I blogged about it here. – Clockwise from top : 800 For Eats – Tea Gift Set, Aluminium Shade – Spinning, Bearble Ceramic Dot

gg – I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this Umbrella Coloured Ring

gg – So cool! Rocca Block Cards


gg – It’s time to bring back the wire hanger!! Apple Hanger


gg –  Red Fuji Chawan. Turn it over and you’ll have yourself a perfect little rice bowl!


Five From The Ground & Good Morrow – Clockwise from top left: Desktop Crane, Antique Mini Stand Lamp, Antique Mini Dictionary , Name Knob Set, Red Tea Pot, Memo Stand


Five From The Ground & Good Morrow Church


36 Sublo – Clockwise from top left: The Original Thread Trimming Scissors with leather case, The Original 2010 Calendars , Mini Bat Pencils


36 Sublo - Original Brand – A5 Writing Pad


36 Sublo - Antique Folding Ruler with Leather case

36 Sublo - Handmade Brass Key Pen

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 2nd September 2010

6 comments

  • Lucy 4 years ago

    JUSTINE how is it that no one has commented on this post!!? It is such GOLD!

    ….The coat hanger! The key-pen! The Claska teddy bears and light! The red fuji bowl! I am making a shopping list as we speak… STUNNING round-up! Thankyou! xx

  • Justine 4 years ago

    Lucy you’re such a sweetie! Thanks for your comment!! I love all those things too. I’m looking forward to my last post tomorrow. Hopefully a few others are too ; ) xx

  • Jason 4 years ago

    Some of those shops are really cool! Have to know some Japanese though..

  • Kickcan & Conkers 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m so enjoying these guest posts Justine. What a wonderful eye and good taste you have!

  • jonahliza 4 years ago

    i’m in love with everything here… especially, the ring! wow.

  • Arrghh! I love all of this stuff! My favee of all, BILLET, have some seriously cool things. Now just to learn Japanese so I can shop online…

    Alana From Fancy!

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