Monmaya – Sendai Tansu

Written by Miho Ota A well-established business starting from the 5th year of the Meiji era (1872), Monmaya has been Sendai’s (Miyagi prefecture) one and only manufacturer of traditional Sendai Tansu (a chest of drawers) for 140 years. Even while other traditional makers shifted from Japanese to Western-style furniture after the Second World War, Monmaya […]

Kokeshi Doll – Togatta

By Saneyuki Owada. Beautiful Kokeshi dolls have been around for hundreds of years, originally they were made for children to play with but now they have become an adored collector’s item. They first started making dolls in the north of Japan in the seventeenth century; in places like Miyagi prefecture there are beautiful mountains with […]

Sendai Tansu – Traditional and Cultural Furniture

By Mike Sullivan It is, quite frankly, a piece of furniture which you might never see, in terms of luxury it is of a particularly high standard and requires a lot of saving to be able to afford one. The Sendai tansu are prized as antiques for collectors, but are also available for sale by […]

Kokeshi Dolls – Naruko Style

By Mike Sullivan Beautiful Kokeshi dolls have been around for hundreds of years, originally they were made for children to play with but now they have become an adored collector’s item. They first started making dolls in the north of Japan in the seventeenth century; in places like Miyagi prefecture there are beautiful mountains with […]