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Add to Cart: 15 Japanese Design Essentials Found on Amazon Prime

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Add to Cart: 15 Japanese Design Essentials Found on Amazon Prime

March 29, 2019

After we first posted our favorite kitchen items available via Amazon Prime, readers wrote in asking for more. If you’re like us and your design eye reaches far past the contents of the continental US, there are moments when Amazon is a really good thing—and moreover, it’s the individual sellers (who, yes, ship via Prime) on Amazon that are worth noting. When it comes to Japanese design, we look to smaller online shops for those special and rare finds, but the core classics (kettles, Hinoki, enamel) are, surprisingly, available on Amazon. Here are our 15 must-haves—all via Amazon Prime.

The Stackable Glass

A Remodelista favorite, the Toyo-Sasaki HS Stackable Glass Tumbler is dishwasher safe and saves space thanks to the stackable design; $40.84 for a 6-piece set on Amazon.
Above: A Remodelista favorite, the Toyo-Sasaki HS Stackable Glass Tumbler is dishwasher safe and saves space thanks to the stackable design; $40.84 for a 6-piece set on Amazon.

The Slim Pour-Over Pot

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Above: An enamel teapot we’re always spotting in the kitchens we photograph and feature, the Tsukiusagishirushi Slim Pot comes in six colors: black (shown), brown, yellow, red, white, and blue; $44.44 to $56 on Amazon. (Note: not all colors are available via Prime shipping, only the yellow and white at the moment.)

The Purifier

Pop a couple of these Binchotan Activated Charcoal Purifying Sticks into a clear glass pitcher of water for an instant Brita-effect. These are available through Morihata and made from Japanese Ubame oak; $ for a data-src=
Above: Pop a couple of these Binchotan Activated Charcoal Purifying Sticks into a clear glass pitcher of water for an instant Brita-effect. These are available through Morihata and made from Japanese Ubame oak; $19 for a 1/4 pound of charcoal on Amazon (1/4 pound lasts in water for up to three months). For more on binchotan see our post Japanese Charcoal Roundup.

The Expert Pruners

The Tobisho Steel Pruning Shears are hand-forged in the Yamagate Prefecture. (I actually have a pair that I bought almost 7 years ago, and I can attest: they are really, really good.) $9
Above: The Tobisho Steel Pruning Shears are hand-forged in the Yamagate Prefecture. (I actually have a pair that I bought almost 7 years ago, and I can attest: they are really, really good.) $92.97 on Amazon. These are one of the 10 included in our post 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Pruners on Gardenista.

The Enamel Milk Pan

A classic pan for warming milk or broth, the Kaico Enamelware Milk Pan designed by Makoto Koizumi has a maple wood handle; $68.7
Above: A classic pan for warming milk or broth, the Kaico Enamelware Milk Pan designed by Makoto Koizumi has a maple wood handle; $68.72 on Amazon. It’s not the only Kaico available on Amazon; there are pots and pans of all sizes too.

The Household Toolbox

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Above: The good ol’ Trusco Toolbox Y-350 SV 4600, shown in Silver, is just big enough for a selection of household tools—and good for keeping in a utility closet or under the sink; $36.31 on Amazon. The toolbox was one of the 10 included in our post 10 Easy Pieces: Metal Toolboxes on Gardenista.

The Everlasting Scrubber

Always good to have on hand, the Japanese Kamenoko Tawashi Vegetable Scrub Brush is made from natural materials but pretty robust (this one is &#8
Above: Always good to have on hand, the Japanese Kamenoko Tawashi Vegetable Scrub Brush is made from natural materials but pretty robust (this one is “Medium”) for cleaning grime off of cookware and dishes; $14.05 on Amazon.

The Iwachu Cast Iron Pan

Cast iron from Japanese brand Iwachu is some of the best. The Iwachu 4-566 Large Iron Omelette Pan has a specially formed handle that never gets too hot and the curvature of the pan is perfect for folding omelettes; $9.95 on Amazon. (We also like the Iwachu Iron Sukiyaki Pan; $80 via Amazon Prime.)
Above: Cast iron from Japanese brand Iwachu is some of the best. The Iwachu 410-566 Large Iron Omelette Pan has a specially formed handle that never gets too hot and the curvature of the pan is perfect for folding omelettes; $109.95 on Amazon. (We also like the Iwachu Iron Sukiyaki Pan; $80 via Amazon Prime.)

The Sori Yanagi Kettle

The Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Kettle in matte brushed steel is a longtime Remodelista favorite and it’s available for $78.80 on Amazon.
Above: The Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Kettle in matte brushed steel is a longtime Remodelista favorite and it’s available for $78.80 on Amazon.

The Catch-All Tray

The white enamel trays featured in our book The Organized Home are by Japanese company Noda Horo. We sourced them from Dover Street Market in New York City but you can also find them on Amazon, including the Noda Enamel Rectangle Deep Medium Tray for $3data-src=
Above: The white enamel trays featured in our book The Organized Home are by Japanese company Noda Horo. We sourced them from Dover Street Market in New York City but you can also find them on Amazon, including the Noda Enamel Rectangle Deep Medium Tray for $31.74. We also featured the tray in our post In Praise of Trays: 10 Trays in Fiberglass and Enamel on our site The Organized Home.

The Spa-Making Bath Stool

For an instant-spa look, a short Hinoki wood stool is a Japanese bathhouse essential. The Youbi Hinoki Large Bath Stool is $87. on Amazon.
Above: For an instant-spa look, a short Hinoki wood stool is a Japanese bathhouse essential. The Youbi Hinoki Large Bath Stool is $87.18 on Amazon.

The Antibac Bath Mat

Another bathroom essential is the Hinoki bath mat. The Japanese cypress wood is naturally antibacterial, dries quickly, and has the appealing Hinoki wood scent. The Ippinka Large Hinoki Wood Bath Mat is $68 on Amazon.
Above: Another bathroom essential is the Hinoki bath mat. The Japanese cypress wood is naturally antibacterial, dries quickly, and has the appealing Hinoki wood scent. The Ippinka Large Hinoki Wood Bath Mat is $68 on Amazon.

The Master Lampshade

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Above: Disclaimer: it’s the shade, not the full fixture, that is available on Amazon. If you already have Isamu Noguchi’s Akari 1A Table Lamp, you can find the Washi Paper Lamp Shade Replacement on Amazon Prime for $146.20. For more on Akari lights see our post Object Lessons: Noguchi’s Iconic Akari Lights.

The Tiny Thread Scissors

A shockingly useful pair of scissors for hand sewing, mending, or cutting things like rubber bands and ties in the kitchen, the Kanetsune Japanese Traditional Thread Cutting Scissors are $3data-src=
Above: A shockingly useful pair of scissors for hand sewing, mending, or cutting things like rubber bands and ties in the kitchen, the Kanetsune Japanese Traditional Thread Cutting Scissors are $31.50 on Amazon.

The Elegant Steamer Pot

We first found out about this great-looking steamer thanks to Heidi Swanson when she stocked it at Quitokeeto. Disclaimer: the JIA Inc. Ceramic Steamer Set is actually Chinese design, but it&#8
Above: We first found out about this great-looking steamer thanks to Heidi Swanson when she stocked it at Quitokeeto. Disclaimer: the JIA Inc. Ceramic Steamer Set is actually Chinese design, but it’s so great (and works so well for Japanese cooking) that we thought to include it. The set is a white ceramic pot that goes directly on the stove and comes with a cedar wood steamer basket (it can also be used without the basket); $126.95 on Amazon.

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