The Home Office: Corresponding in Style

2019.02.07 Editor : D.S. TAG : Home Office

If you work from home, you understand how important it is to be organized and tidy in order to maximize efficiency. Getting rid of the clutter in your workspace can greatly save time, energy and stress.

“Tenugui (Hand Towel) Happy Box” by Art SOU Co., Ltd.

Tenugui are a type of traditional Japanese towel that have been used since the Nara Period (AD 710 to 794). Over time, the use of tenugui became less common with the spread of the conventional cotton towel, but they have seen a resurgence in popularity as a souvenir item or for everyday use thanks to their beautiful patterns and designs. This small box is covered with an original handcrafted tenugui fabric.

The original tenugui fabric is dyed by hand using a traditional Japanese dyeing technique, and the box itself is also made by craftsmen from a paperboard company. Available in a wide range of patterns, the compact rectangular shape is ideal for storing jewelry, pens or other small accessories. I have this box on my work desk where I store stationary items, and the beautiful patterns of the tenugui fabric keep my work environment looking stylish and organized.

Tenugui Happy Box

TokyoAzabujuban, Minato-ku.1-5-24

“Karakami Kit,” “Seasonal Karakami Stamp Set” and “Kara-Baco” by Maruni Co., Ltd.

In this modern era where it is possible to communicate with people on the other side of the globe with a single push of a button, the writing and sending of postcards has become a lost art. With the Karakami Kit,” you can customize your own postcards using the traditional Japanese woodblock printing technique.

Karakami refers to a decorative paper that was introduced to Japan by China during the Nara Period. The basic concept of karakami is using woodblocks featuring various designs and motifs as a printing template with washi paper made from the wood pulp of mulberry trees. The karakami designs incorporate simplified patterns of familiar natural landscapes. This beautiful art reached its peak popularity during the Heian Period, but like many things, it declined with the emergence of mass-produced paper.

This kit will enable you to create your very own customized postcards that will make the recipient feel special. The kit comes in an elegant wooden box, and inside you’ll find the necessary items to print your own postcard. The four printing blocks feature seasonal motifs, each representing different emotions. The designs are printed onto the paper using a mixture of hot water, a powdered paste formula and the desired woodblock, and the result is a beautiful and original postcard. I felt like a true craftsman as I attempted to make my first ever holiday postcards. All of the materials that are used are delicate and require precision, so it’s very important that you follow all the instructions and be very careful, especially when creating the paste formula. I received many compliments from my friends and family about the traditional Japanese-style postcards, and I’ll definitely continue to use the kit for special occasions.

Thekarakami stamp set” is carved using a machine and each wooden stamp mold features a different traditional seasonal motif including plum blossoms for spring, crashing waves for summer, rabbits for autumn and snowflakes for winter. The fifth stamp depicts an arabesque phoenix and butterfly, a popular motif that can be used during all seasons. The stamps are a great way to customize your letters, documents or any type of stationary.


TokyoAzabujuban, Minato-ku.1-5-24

KARAKAMI STAMP “Four season”

TokyoAzabujuban, Minato-ku.1-5-24

The “Kara-Baco” is an antique style seal box designed with karakami paper. The seal box has a smooth and silky texture, featuring the umenomaru (Japanese apricot circle) pattern which was originally created in the 1800s and represents graceful simplicity. When you open the top lid of the box you will find two smaller partition boxes to provide space to store small accessories or personal belongings. The two partition boxes can be lifted to reveal even more space at the bottom, enabling you to store a wide range of small items such as jewelry, makeup or keys. The color scheme of the smooth gray-colored karakami paper and the bright pink color of the inside of the box are interwoven beautifully. I’ve been using it as a decorative piece as well as for storing things inside it, and the grand design of the box makes for a very stylish piece of interior design.


TokyoAzabujuban, Minato-ku.1-5-24

“Natural Wood Ballpoint Pen,” by Nakano Mokko Co., Ltd.

This ballpoint pen and pen stand are handcrafted using naturally sourced wood from Akita Prefecture. Aside from the spring, ink chamber and tip, the pen is entirely made from natural wood by experienced craftsmen. Oil has been applied to the outer surface of the pen to provide a sleek finish.

When you hold the pen in your hand, the first thing you notice is its smooth natural texture which is extremely easy to grip. The ink flows from the pen with ease, and the feeling of the natural wood against your fingers is wonderful. As a recipient of The Japan Gift Awards 2016, the pen has been recognized by professionals as a truly one-of-a-kind and easy-to-write pen. Since starting to use this pen, the smooth texture against my fingers make me not want to stop writing!

Natural wood Ballpoint Pen

AkitaOn Yuzawa-shi Niida jihaba NO34-2

Editor Info


D.S. was born in America and has lived in Japan for 25 years. His interests include photography, video editing and traveling, and his favourite place in Japan is Kyoto.