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Looking for unique gift ideas for the hard to shop for? Here we hope to offer a variety of items, Japanese art and calligraphy tools, at very special prices. And we are constantly updating these specials so be sure to check back. And almost all of these items are one of a kind and once sold, will not be offered again.

We try to thoroughly document each item but if we have missed something or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

All of the art is personally created by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase. And the calligraphy tools and accessories are all from Master Takase's personal collection.

Every Day is a Good Day
(gray tanzaku holder)

nichinichi kore koujitsu

4 1/4" W x 19" H

Every Day is a Good Day
nichinichi kore koujitsu

Nichinichi kore koujitsu is a Zen expression often used in context of the Tea Ceremony. It encourages us to understand that every day can be made a good day and that it is up to us to make each day good.

The phrase is composed of the words nichinichi meaning "every day" or "each day". And koujitsu meaning good day (it is literally composed of the kanji for "good" and "day").

The artwork is on a Japanese tanzaku which is white with a gold border and measures 2 1/2" W x 14 1/4" H. This comes in a simple light gray tanzaku holder with a brown border. The tanzaku holder measures 4 1/4" W x 19" H.

The artwork arrives ready to display.

4 1/4" W x 19" H


True Victory is Victory Over Oneself


True Victory is Victory Over Oneself
Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido

This beautiful work is on hand-made Japanese paper and one can see the four deckled edges - it is a complete uncut sheet hand-made in Kochi Japan.

The frame is a beautiful Japanese black lacquer.

This one of a kind work of art comes ready to hang and is the perfect gift for the martial artist on your shopping list.

18" in diameter


Japanese Calligraphy Set


Japanese Calligraphy Set

This beautiful calligraphy set is from Master Takase's personal collection and is in excellent condition. The brushes are new the set itself is slightly used.

This is a perfect set for fine calligraphy and for sumi-e.

NOTE: The white and dark patterns on the lid are cloud reflections from the sky and an effect of the photographing process. The actual box is a beautiful lacquer finish.

Japanese Lacquer Calligraphy Box - 8 1/4" long by 5" W.
Ink Stone - 3 1/4" long by 1 1/4" W
Two Brushes
Ink Stick
Water Holder



Japanese Calligraphy Set - Large


Japanese Calligraphy Set - Large

This beautiful calligraphy set is from Master Takase's personal collection and is in excellent condition. The ink stick and red horse hair brush are new.

This is a great opportunity to own an excellent large calligraphy set for a very reasonable price. The large ink stone (5" x 8") alone is worth the price!

If you have a calligrapher on your list that wants to get started doing larger works, this is the perfect set.

The ink stone box is 5 3/4" W x 9" H and the ink stone itself is about 5" W x 8" H

Ink Stone (suzuri) - shin-tankeiken
Brush (fude) - Red Horse Hair (rokugo gyokusui)
Ink Stick (boku undo/Nara) in kiri box
Tea Pot Shaped Water Holder (mizusashi)


Japanese Calligraphy Set - Small




Japanese Calligraphy Set - Small

This beautiful calligraphy set is from Master Takase's personal collection and is in excellent condition. The ink stick and brush are new.

While this set is small the materials and workmanship are of very high quality. This is sure to be treasured for years.

The ink stone is natural stone called tankeiken. The head of the stone has a beautifully carved dragon design (perfect for a Year of the Dragon gift) and is about 3 1/2" W x 5" H

The ink stone is an antique and in excellent condition though it has been used. The markings one sees are of the natural stone. The ink stick and brush are new with the price stickers still on. The brush is 1200 yen and the ink 3000 yen making this is a really good deal.

Ink Stone (suzuri) - tankeiken w/ eye
Brush (kofude)
Ink Stick (sumi) in a kiri box - pure shoenboku - pure pine - this is rare and has hints of blue (the ink itself is around $40)
Water Holder (suiteki) - showing a beautiful country landscape


Antique Chinese Ink Stone



Antique Chinese Ink Stone

This is a beautiful stone that I have had in my collection for years. It is an antique Chinese stone called reigenzan and comes with a beautiful form fitting box.

The stone itself measures 4 3/4" W x 7 3/4" H.

The water and ink preparation area are separated making this an unusual design. And it is a heavy stone at almost five pounds.

I have not used the stone as I purchased it for it's character and, instead, had it on display in my studio for many years.

I hope you will enjoy this treasure as much as I have.



Action Before Words



The Japanese phrase fugenjikkou translates as "Action Before Words", "Actions speak louder than words" and also "No Talk, All Deeds".

The phrase is a combination of the words fugen meaning "Silent" and jikkou meaning "Action".

This is an original scroll hand-lettered by Master Takase and has Master Takase's seal and signature on the lower left of the scroll.

These are special scrolls imported from Japan. And Master Takase, thanks to her long relationship to the scroll-maker, is the only one in the US importing and using these high quality scrolls. With beautiful silk borders these Japanese scrolls are designed to last generations and arrive ready for immediate display.

This phrase is perfect for the business person, martial artist and all student of things Japanese.

The scroll measures 12 3/4" W x 43" H.



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