Small, Handy, and Auspicious: Akomeya Tokyo’s Kissho Mon’yo Series
Lifestyle store Akomeya Tokyo is known for its choice selection of premium rice, food products, tableware, and gifts. 2018 marks its fifth anniversary, and the store is releasing a range of new products to celebrate, all themed around ofukuwake, or “sharing good fortune.”
We were especially taken with the “Akomeya Kissho Mon’yo” series. Kissho mon’yo is a blanket term for traditional auspicious motifs, and Akomeya Tokyo is incorporating them into everything from kitchen cloths and furoshiki to tiny dishes (mamezara), magnets, and stationery. Around 40 items in total are now released.
Kissho mon’yo themselves come in many varieties, but usually represent animals, plants, or other items associated with good fortune. For example, Mount Fuji is sometimes linked with a homophonous phrase meaning “no other like it,” as well as yet another meaning “immortal,” making it an excellent auspicious motif. Daruma dolls symbolize desires rewarded and goals attained. Inu-hariko, literally “papier-mâché dogs,” are given to expectant mothers to convey wishes for easy delivery. These associations date back to the everyday life of the common people in Edo times (1603–1868), and are still widely known in Japan today.
Akomeya Tokyo’s first batch of products feature original designs based on six of these kissho mon’yo. The kitchen cloths are made of seven layers of kaya-kiji (literally “mosquito net cloth”) woven in Nara, while the furoshiki, another traditional kind of Japanese cloth, are a collaboration with Musubi, a long-established furoshiki brand from Kyoto.
Whether you’re looking for a special touch for your home or a thoughtful gift, Akomeya Tokyo’s Kissho Mon’yo series is just the thing. The more you have, the better your fortune might be!
Akomeya Tokyo Kissho Mon’yo Series
Akomeya Tokyo Ginza Store
Address: 2-2-6 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 (0)3-6758-0270
Ginza store: http://www.akomeya.jp/shop/ginza/ (in Japanese)
* The Kissho Mon’yo series will also be available at Akomeya’s NEWoMan Shinjuku and Lumine Omiya stores.