About Us

To all our wonderful customers, please note that we CLOSED our retail store and now operate online only.

I fell in love with Japan and everything Japanese when I was 17, so I worked as a waitress, saved my money, and took myself there when I was 21, to study the language and the culture. I was fortunate enough to meet my husband while I was studying Japanese at the school he taught at, Nichibei Kaiwai Gakuin in Yotsuya, Tokyo. Nichibei is one of the best language schools in Japan, and I recommend its intensive courses to anyone who wants to become fluent in Japanese. Years later I also managed to graduate from Sophia University in Tokyo, their International Division, which I also highly recommend to students who want to live and study in Japan. The professors are some of the best in the world, the student body is relatively small (so you really get a lot of one-on-one attention), and it’s still relatively inexpensive compared to universities in the States. For 2015 the tuition for a fully matriculated year is about $10,000.

I fell in love with Japanese antiques after living in Japan for 12 years, and with my husband’s support and encouragement we decided to open a store, first in New York City in 1990, and years later in Boston. Its been a labor of love for both of us since then, and we can’t imagine doing anything else!

Please Note: We don’t use a “Cart” system because we actually like talking to people. We encourage you to email us or call us for more information about anything you see on our website!

Amie Belobrow and Shinroku Ohashi