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Simple Steps to Save Your Mage Wappa from Mold.

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Simple Steps to Save Your Mage Wappa from Mold.

Hello! こんにちは!Thank you for visiting our online store!  We just restocked beautiful cedar bentwood bento boxes.Take advantage of the the antibacterial effects of cedar to prevent food poisoning in upcoming summer!  Did you know that a few simple steps when washing bentwood bento box will save them from mold contamination?Simple but very important! 【1】Please wash with hot water using sponge, and rinse it well again with hot water. You can use thin detergent to remove greasy materials. 【2】Again, soak bento box in hot water. This helps moisture evaporate faster. ←IMPORTANT 【3】Wipe well, especially the corners. Molds tend to grow from...

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New and Restocked items in March

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In Hiroshima, now is the best season to view ume blossoms. Daytime temperature here in Hiroshima is around 50°F and the air is definitely getting warmer. In Japan,  Spring Equinox Day is on March 20th and many Japanese visit the family graves and honor their ancestors on this day. We usually say, 寒さ暑さも彼岸まで[samusa atsusa mo higan made]. This means, heat and cold will only last until the equinox. Yes, spring is just around the corner!  I just love having lunch outside especially during this season and we have some useful items that we want to introduce to you for your spring picnic!...

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Added New Tenugui and More!

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Wrap, Spread, Decorate, and Wear…Tenugui Tenugui is one of our popular products in mono-koto store. Back in the old days, samurai wrapped their heads with tenugui under their heavy helmets to keep them clean. Now, beautifully dyed tenugui are used not only for wiping hands and faces but for many other purposes. You can wrap bento boxes (lunch boxes) or wine bottles when carrying outside. Also it can be used as bandanna or scarf. You can even decorate your walls and tables with them! As you can see, there are various ways to enjoy them, and this is the reason why...

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Happy New Year! 2017

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Happy new year! Akemashite omedetou from Hiroshima Japan! Thank you very much for all your support in 2016. We look forward to providing you more exciting and interesting Japanese products this year.  In Japan, we have many joyful events in January. We visit shrines and temples to pray for safe and healthy year. And for children, the most exciting part will be Otoshidama. During the New Year holidays, many Children receive money in small envelopes(Pochi-bukuro) from their family. We also have Coming of Age Day at January 9th. This celebrations is held annually on the second Monday of January to...

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SHIWASU 師走 ; A Busy Month in Japan! 【New/Restocked Items in December】

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It’s been a while since we posted the last blog! How are you?  In Hiroshima city Japan where Monokoto store is located, the red leaves are starting to fall and a cold winter breeze is telling us that the winter is here!  We call December "Shiwasu" 師走. 師【shi】 means monk or teacher and 走【wasu】 means run in Japanese. Usually masters are calm, but December is a busy month that even masters have to run around. From Shiwasu師走 Japan, we have many new items that we want to show you!   Starting off with extremely soft gauze kitchen towel. They are...

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