How the Kizara Project came about

Background Did you know that 40% of Japan’s forests are man-made? Planting these forests requires continuous management and manual labour,…

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What is Kintsugi?

Do you have a special item that’s broken, but you just cannot throw it away? Don’t worry! You can repair…

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Urushi: a natural plastic!

Urushi is a natural lacquer made from the sap of the Japanese lacquer (urushi) tree. The sap contains the resin…

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Introducing four traditional types of Japanese pottery

The history of pottery in Japan dates back over 10,000 years. There is an almost endless variety of forms and styles of…

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Mt Fuji for Japanese

In June 2013, Mount Fuji was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site.   Mt. Fuji’s registration was significant to…

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Introducing Tumi-isi

What is tumi-isi People who encounter this sophisticated product for the first time will be impressed by its beauty and…

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3 Simple ways to Grow Moss

Hidden benefits of moss Recent studies have shown that moss has 15 times more carbon dioxide adsorption capacity than trees!…

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Tsubame-sanjo

About Tsubame-Sanjo, is a city located in the centre of Niigata prefecture (North-West). It is famous for the production of…

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Creative Japanese Stationery

Japanese stationery is having its moment on the world stage. Known for excellent quality and thoughtful design, it often surprises…

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The tranquil effect of wind chimes

Since antiquity, people have devised ways to stay cool in scorching hot Japanese summers. One of these ingenious methods is…

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The scent healing relaxes you even in your busy life

The scent healing relaxes you even in your busy life. It’s perfect for those who are active every day at…

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Manekineko brings luck

Maneki Neko, which is said to carry good luck, has long been popular in Japan both as an interior item…

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Incense: New Option for Relaxation

Do you have a favourite relaxation method in your busy days? Incense that you can enjoy easily is attracting attention…

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3 Effective Ways to Use Hinoki Oil

What is Hinoki oil? Hinoki, or Japanese cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa), is native to Japan and Taiwan. Hinoki oil is the…

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Japanese paper fan: 3 interesting facts about uchiwa

Much more than just an item for cooling you down, Japanese paper fans have been playing unique roles in Japan’s…

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Ikebana 101

Maggie Nga-ki Chang Slanting form using cedar and magnolia, Ohara school of Ikebana   What is Ikebana Ikebana (生け花), literally…

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Why we love Matcha

Matcha is a high-quality powdered green tea that has been loved by Japanese since ancient times. In recent years, matcha…

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Bonsai Tree Care for Beginners with Hidehisa Scissors

The Japanese art form of bonsai uses special cultivation techniques to grow a miniature tree in a small pot. The…

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Design your own shibori patterns at home (For beginners!)

History of indigo dyeing Ai-zome (藍染) is a vibrant blue dye that is made from the leaves of Japanese indigo…

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4 Reasons Why You Should Cook with Cast Iron Cookware

What type of cookware do you use? Probably the more common teflon-coating, stainless steel or aluminium types. How about cast…

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How to look after Masumoss Sunagoke

MASUMOSS series is a low mainenance, new style of bonsai that combines functional “sunagoke” moss with Hinoki “masu” container for you to…

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Incense from the ancient capital of Kyoto

Scents have the power to calm you down, create a mood and even evoke memories. There’s more than one way…

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Sydney Craft Week 2019

Japan Craft Shop for Sydney Craft Week is successfully over for 2019! Thank you so much to all our partners…

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The lightest cast iron cookware

Cast iron pans don’t get any lighter than the beautiful pans created by Iwatetsu Tekki. Established in 1949, this innovative…

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Introducing Yamaguchi Kyujo

Simply Native are proud to have introduced Yamaguchi Kyujo products at Sydney Craft Week. Based in Takaoka – an area renowned…

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Introducing: Hinoki Lab

Simply Native are proud to stock Hinoki Lab products from Okayama, Japan. This innovative and sustainable Japanese company has 14 years of…

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Sydney Craft Week Workshops

In celebration of Sydney Craft Week 2019, Simply Native is proud to launch a special pop-up store at Cubby Space…

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TUMI-ISI PAINTING WORKSHOP@JAPAN FOUNDATION SYDNEY

In collaboration with Japan Foundation Sydney, we are pleased to host a tumi-isi (balancing object) painting workshop on Thursday, 10…

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AI-ZOME INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP@JAPAN FOUNDATION SYDNEY

In collaboration with Japan Foundation Sydney, we are pleased to host an Ai-zome (indigo dyeing) workshop on Saturday, 28 September…

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MANEKI-NEKO DECORATING WORKSHOP @JAPAN FOUNDATION SYDNEY

In collaboration with Japan Foundation Sydney, we are pleased to host a maneki-neko (welcoming cat) decorating workshop on Saturday, 17…

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Meet us at Life instyle 2019!

Introducing Japanese zen culture to Sydney Our green interior decorations are now debut! Simply Native will join Life instyle Sydney for…

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Meet us at The Big Design Market 2018!

  We are super excited to be a part of The Big Design Market 2018 in Sydeny!   Royal Hall…

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Thank you for coming to our first collaboration event!

  Thank you so much for coming to our first collaboration event! ”和 (WA)-WADAYAMA meets Sydney chefs-“ We were pleased…

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和 (WA) -WADAYAMA meets Sydney chefs-

In appreciation of craftsmanship, together in collaboration with Jazushi and 5 celebrated chefs, we will host an exclusive dinner event,…

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Thank you for coming to our exhibition!

  We would like to thank you all for taking time to visit our exhibition! It was a great opportunity…

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Meet us at Glebe Market on July 14!

We’re exited to join the Glebe Market for the first time. Lots of limited items are on sale! Come find…

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Dear customers

Thank you for choosing Simply Native. All our items are carefully selected for your utmost enjoyment. Our products get better…

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Modern Japanese “RAKU” in Canberra

A modern Japanese restaurant “RAKU” in Canberra features Japanese aesthetics through design and food. Enjoy their great Japanese cuisine with…

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Maeda Japanese restaurant is now open!

Our client’s new fancy restaurant <Maeda Japanese restaurant> is now open! Maeda Japanese restaurant proudly supports Kamedani Ceramics, a leading…

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Meet us at AGHA Sydney Gift Fair 2018!

  We are excited to come back to AGHA Sydney Gift Fair! Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park Booth No. 4E7…

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Gogyo Surry Hills is now open!

Our client’s new fancy restaurant <Gogyo Surry Hills> is now open! The Ippudo Australia, which is committed to creating Japanese…

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Indigo Dyeing at Matsuri Sydney!

Simply Native Japan is excited to bring the experience of traditional indigo dyeing. Don’t miss this chance!   Indigo dyeing  …

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Keiho Nakahara, a wood craftsman for life

“I’m tired of sitting down!” Keiho Nakahara says with a carefree smile. He has been sitting cross-legged while working from…

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Yusuke Kido, the volcanic ash magician

The brand’s founder Yusuke Kido studied design in Tokyo, before pursuing ceramics study in Arita at age 25. Afterwards, he…

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When the two established meets

The Koromo series was born by the collaboration of two long established urushi and kiyomizu-yaki manufacturers. with the aim of…

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The textile with 10 million dots graphical patterns

The Amami Oshima Tsumugi is said to be one of the three top textiles in the world, along with Persian…

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Meet us at Big Design Market Sydney!

Royal Hall of Industries, 24-26 Nov 2017 Join us for 3 days of Christmas shopping! We will showcase artistic items…

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The Raw Materials Used in Crafting Blades

As this is a specialist subject, it would be unfamiliar to us. However, let us take a look to understand…

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Dear friends of Simply Native

Hi, I am Yukino, the founder of Simply Native. It has been four years since my team and I launched…

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Japanese grip scissors, Tokyo-style and Kyoto-style

Japanese grip scissors are perfect for small tasks. Although the Japanese were first to develop ‘scissors’, they continue to be…

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The Fundamental Differences between Western and Japanese Cutlery

Japan and the West view cutlery completely different. We will explain these differences by broadly dividing them into two easy…

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The art of giving ‘Knives’ as a gift

Some may imagine that a knife may be a bad omen (e.g representing the cutting of ties, & relationships etc.)….

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Easy 2 steps to maintain your knife everyday

Don’t you think maintaining Japanese blades are hard? .. Not at all with the right knowledge! Here’s easy tips for…

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What are our recommended shears?

The size of shears should be about the same as the distance between the tip of your fingers to your…

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Easy way to remove rust on Japanese blades

Most of Japanese blades are made with high carbon steel, excepting particular material description. Like all carbon steel products, they…

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Japanese Blades to last long

Japanese Blades are designed and made to last for decades with proper maintenance. Enjoy spending a little of your time…

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Care instructions | Urushi (Japanese natural lacquerware)

Tableware Please refrain from using metal cutlery. It will damage the surface and the gold foil decoration (if they have)….

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Care instructions | Cast iron pan

Before you use When using it for the first time, please wash it with a mild detergent. There is no…

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Care instructions | Carbon steel scissors

General care Wipe with a soft cloth after you use and keep it dry. Got wood resin? If the blade…

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Care instructions | Ceramics & Porcelains

Black soot on the back There could be black soot on the bottom of the pottery. Many mass-produced items are…

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