Category Archives: Japan


AogoromoLove the bold patterns created for the Japanese brand, Aogoromo. The parent company from Kyoto, Willbe Corporation, has successfully combined traditional indigo dyeing technique with modern sensibility. The company created eleven patterns using traditional icons such as Mt. Fuji, colored carp and cherry blossoms and used them on a
variety of consumer products.

Images: Courtesy of Aogoromo and Willbe Corporation.

Birds’ Words

Bird'sWords2Revisiting one of our favorite Japanese ceramic brand, Birds’ Words, created by potter, Ito Toshie. They’ve added more amazing ceramic pieces, of course, but we’re really loving the graphics on their handkerchiefs, prints and stationery.

Images: Courtesy of Birds’ Words.

Makoto Oozu

ThePorcelainsLove the graphics on these ceramic items from Japanese brand, The Porcelains. They are the creations of Makoto Oozu, an independent cross stitch and pixel designer. He created simple cross stitch patterns of retro game icons and embellished these ceramic pieces as well as a variety of consumer items with these images. He has also produced 6 cross stitch pattern books some of which can be purchased in his Etsy store, The Mint House.

Images: Courtesy of Makoto Oozu.