Welcome to Old Japan. This is our third incarnation as a retail store, this time in the South End in Boston Massachusetts. Our address is 24 Union Park Street, between Washington Street and Shawmut Avenue, one of the most beautiful areas of old brownstone buildings in the city. Our phone number is 617-357-8800.
You will find our best-selling, favorite items as you search through our website, but if you visit our retail store in person you will find so much more; many one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, fabulous textiles, or truly unique gift items. Things we searched long and hard for, and fell in love with. Sometimes they include things that are not Japanese, but something new and original that we absolutely want to have in our store. This year we are proud to add a fabulous line of Kantha jackets and vests, created by my wonderful designer friend Mieko Mintz.
We have been in business since 1990, with our first store on Bleecker Street in New York City. We specialize in the beautiful and the unique, with an emphasis on small, affordable Japanese antiques, kimono, indigo textiles, and inexpensive gift items. We are proud to carry some of the finest incense in the world, made by two traditional companies, Shoyeido and Nippon Kodo.
We carry only what we love, the things that we would personally want to own, or look at, or use. Our pieces capture the refined beauty of traditional Japanese crafts, or the rustic sentiment of Mingei folk art. Whatever we carry in our store, we want it to reflect what we consider to be our “personal best”.
Within our consideration of “personal best” is the well-known Japanese phrase, “Ichigo Ichie”, which means “One Meeting, One Chance…”, and is represented in the Japanese calligraphy at the top of our home page. Ichigo Ichie tells us to make the most of every “chance” encounter that comes our way, with every new person, and every new experience, because it may provide an opportunity that may never come again; an opportunity to do some good, show some kindness, change our lives in some new way we can’t even imagine… When you walk into our store, or call us on the phone to place an order, this is the credo we choose to live by, as much as possible. For this reason, we have chosen not to do online sales, but rather encourage people to call us directly to place an order. A bit old-fashioned, yes, but our custom is to talk to people as if they really mattered. Because they do.
Welcome to Old Japan.