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Beauty is in the details

While reviewing photos for the re-launch of our website, we came across a selection of close-up details, and wanted to share them with you. Here, we can pay close attention to texture, pattern, color, and intricacies of detail, whether by the artisan’s skilled hand, the force of fire and random flying ash, or a fortuitous combination of the two. It reminds us to appreciate the artisans around us (and in the past) and to slow down and pay close attention to beauty in everyday life.

We are almost finished with the task of re-cataloging our entire inventory, with includes taking additional photos, research, etc. We are nearing the end of the process, and will open next Tuesday, September 8. But even after we open our virtual doors, please note that we will be adding stock regularly.

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Mizuya relaunch

Mizuya, our online gallery, was founded in 2009. Since then, many things have changed, including the way we like to shop online. Therefore, we are currently working on updating our inventory and re-launching our website. We are not open for business at this time, but if you have any questions, please contact us at

Here is a preview of some of our new items.

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We had an event at the Linden Gallery in Door County, WI on July 20 & 21, 2013 called “Bringing Japan Home”.

Mugiwara bowls at Linden Gallery

Perhaps you also know the feeling: After taking a fabulous trip to Japan, blowing your budget on beautiful treasures and exceeding your baggage allowance, you get it all home and somehow it still isn’t enough. Because it isn’t just about material things; it’s about lifestyle. We at Mizuya believe that beautiful objects — be it a raku tea cup, oribe platter or shibori kimono — become alive when used. This exhibit features simple household items that can bring a little slice of Japan into your life.


Here are some items from the exhibit, which will still be on display in the coming months. Below is an awesome Edo era iga bowl in the shape of an abalone shell. The inside is smooth and glazed, while the outside is rough — perfect for the gritty texture of iga clay. We will add this piece to Mizuya soon.


Here is an overall shot of the gallery:


We also brought kimono and obi:


Another piece in the show, an Edo era black lacquer box with summer flowers:


Below is information from the 2011 show:

Special Exhibition

Mizuya founders Risa Sekiguchi and Kirk Vuillemot were present at the Linden Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin on July 30 and 31, 2011 for a small showing of select items from Mizuya. The show has now been extended until the end of September. Join Linden Gallery owners Brian and Jeanee Linden at their very special gallery.

The show included not only tableware, but vintage kimono and haori as well.