January 1st is the most important holiday on the Japanese calendar. New Year's Day in Japan is spent with family celebrating traditions, many of which are centuries old and deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Ritual items like New Year's sake sets and ju-bako boxes for lucky foods have been passed down in families for generations...
My mother's Japanese family has always prided themselves on being very modern. She grew up in Yokohama, the second largest city outside of Tokyo. Yokohama is a huge port city, and I grew up hearing stories about how her father would always bring home treats from merchants all over the world. In many ways, she was very fortunate that her father was such a modern man. Her family set her free to do, be, and go wherever she wanted, as long as she was happy.
On the other hand, my mother took very few cultural traditions and heirlooms with her from Japan to the US when she moved here almost 40 years ago. In the last few years, my husband and I have been building our first home together. If you think beautiful, quality Judaica is hard to find here, wait till you try to find Japanese ritual items! For years, it's pretty much been impossible.
Thanks to a renewed interest in all things Japanese, especially food, design, and craftsmanship, that's slowly changing. Whether you're a fellow Japanese American like me, or a lover of Japanese design and culture, I hope you find something beautiful for your home here.
Note that most items on this list are not "traditional". Many are modern interpretations of traditional items. That's what Nourish is all about: Redefining cultural traditions in ways that are relevant and meaningful (and beautiful!)