Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tea & Tigers: Winter Sale!

Had enough of Black Friday? Cyber Monday? How about a Green (tea) Friday & Saturday?

This Friday & Saturday, December 11th & 12th, Charaku Fine Japanese Tea / WaSabiDou Antiques & Folk Crafts will hold its annual Open House Sale. Everything in the showroom and on-line will be 10% off starting Dec 11th and continuing through the end of the month.

For those ordering on-line, you may want to e-mail or call for availability of certain items. Most of our craft items are one-of kind. The website will be updated daily for sold items.

WHEN: Fri/Sat. Dec 11-12, 2009 10:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE: 127 N.W. 136th Street Seattle, WA 98177-4041

need directions? please call me at 206-660-4189


Our line of Japanese teas will be available for tasting. Please stop by to pick up the gift of health and culture for a loved one or yourself. Or, just drop in to have a cup of tea and take a break from the rest of your holiday shopping. For those wanting a more formal class, I'll be doing a tea tasting at East West Bookshopon Sun, Dec 13. Advance registration required, contact East West for more info: http://www.eastwestbookshop.com/ , 206-523-3726.


In addition to fine tea, we also have a large assortment of tea and sake cups starting from $15, and a bunch of new & vintage folk toys starting at $20;great gifts that are hand-made! For the collector, we also have plenty of antique furniture, woodblock prints, textiles, and ceramics; and as always, lots of contemporaryceramics from local and Japanese potters.


One more thing, those interested in obtaining the Miharu Hariko Tiger (see photo above) representing next year's Asian Zodiac animal, please give me a shout. The dynamic "koshi-daka" (high-hipped) tiger made by the 14th generation of the Hashimoto Family in Fukushima Prefecture is sure to be in short supply this season. I'll be placing an additional order before month's end to see what's available. The tiger stands 6.5" high and is 5" long. The price will be $75.00. The Hashimoto family has been making these paper-mache dolls for over 300 years. The current family head, Hashimoto Hashime, was invited to show his craft at the Smithsonian. Only the coming year's animal is made each year, and in a limited quantity; and they do not export. If you'd like one, I'll add your name to the list and put in a request. No guarantees as to availability, but I hope there will be enough for everyonewho wants one.

My family and I wish you and yours all the best this holiday season. Hope to see you in the showroom or on-line this weekend!


Tatsuo Tomeoka

Charaku Fine Japanese Tea http://www.charaku-tea.com/

WaSabiDou Antiques & Folk Crafts http://www.mingei-wasabidou.com/

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