KONNICHIWA AND WELCOME TO UGUiSU
WE ARE AN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS STARTED IN TOKYO IN 2009,
FROM 2020 WE ARE DISPATCHING PIECES OF JAPAN TO THE WORLD FROM A SMALL CRAFT TOWN MASHIKO
In 2009 we began selling a carefully curated selection of Japanese products to the world through our online store.
Our aim is to source unusual pieces from artisans and small makers. We look for works with cultural or traditional significance, special items that tell a story, hard to find objects and every day items with beauty.
UGUiSU’s range features a collection of paper items, linens and textiles, tableware, accessories, jewellery and books. Even though our range is diverse, each item has one thing in common - no piece is mass produced and all are made with care.
Forging long term relationships with makers, artists and our customers is what we love most about our job here.
Most of our items are designed and produced in Japan, many are hard to find in Tokyo and some items are only available for international sales through our store. Some items we have made just for us, and all orders are wrapped in our specially designed wrapping paper.
Thank-you so much for visiting our online store. We hope you find something special here, something that makes you or a loved one smile.
Please know, your item will be packed with care, and arrive all the way from Japan.
We feel so proud to introduce our favourite makers to the world.
Hikaru Komura (aka Hiki)
WHAT DOES UGUISU MEAN?
UGUISU is pronounced [ oo・goo・ee・sue ] - It’s the name of a Japanese bird that has a very distinctive enchanting singing voice which is seen as a sign of the arrival of spring in Japan.
WHERE WE ARE BASED
We closed our physical store at the end of 2019 after some wonderful seven years in the beautiful and historical building in Azabu/Roppongi district, left our hometown Tokyo to move to a small country town Mashiko 100km north of Tokyo at the beginning of 2020.
We currently have no shopfront but operating as Online Store only working even more closely with individual artists and small makers trying to introduce pieces of Japan to the world from this beautiful small craft town surrownded with nature and creative people.