Monday, April 21, 2014

AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS crochet potholders & cushions

From the "via Tokyo" collection where we curate items that are carefully handcrafted by our favourite artists from outside Japan, the new lot of the lovely At Swim-Two-Birds crochet potholders and cushions/seat pads have been added to UGUISU online store. All very carefully handcrafted by a Belgian textile artist Renilde de Peuter.
These always go quite quickly so please make sure to order while you can!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


New and adorable set "Congrats-Sea Bream" has just been added to our Japanese Paper Balloon Collection at UGUiSU.
"Congrats-Sea Bream" which is "Omede-tai" in Japanese is a common expression for wishing happiness and good fortune in Japan so this can be a perfect gift for sending someone for their birthday, wedding or anything to congratulate them for! 
Each set includes one red sea bream fish balloon with a string and one smaller traditional style balloon. A tag saying "Omede-tai" either in Engilsh or Japanese is attached to the string. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


So happy to introduce Fumi Koike, a Japanese illustrator from Fukuoka now residing in Saitama whose work includes illustrations for advertising, magazines and books. 
DOG AND MORNING is a zine-style print publication compiling Fumi's illustrations shown at her exhibition of the same title held at Do Design in Madrid last year. Fumi illustrates everyday scenes from interior spaces, objects, people and food in a sweet and simple way with a touch of quirkiness. It is about what Fumi enjoys in the everyday life, dogs and mornings and what surrounds them all beautifully illustrated and appreciated. A truly lovely compilation.