Bamboo Square Basket Bag

Colour of the handles:  
Dark Blue
$ 290.00 USD

Bamboo basket totes with leather handles are one of the most unique and elegant items we have found that are created by hand combining the traditional and modern techniques and ideas. Bamboo is one of the most characteristic plants of Japan and high quality Madake - a type of bamboo these bags are created with - are grown predominantly in Beppu City of Oita prefecture in Kyushu, where the bamboo craft artist Tamotsu Nishimoto is based. Bamboo is very strong (unlike rattan although they look similar) and and it ages beautifully, if treated well these bamboo totes that are created using techniques of the Beppu Bamboo Ware - a governmentally designated traditional craft of Oita- can be enjoyed for a life-time. 

The totes are big enough to carry A4 size notebooks (for the width) plus other everyday necessities in a square shape body. 

The basket is made with madake bamboo from Oita prefecture with natural finish without any coating or painting. The surface although left uncoated it has toughness that resembles that of enamel or glass and water or dirt can be easily wiped off. (If left wet for a while the colour of bamboo may get darker but it will be back to what it was before after it dries.)

Handles are made of natural leather. You can choose the colour of the handles from either dark blue (navy) or natural which will turn lovely brown colour as you use it. 

After 10 to 20 years bamboo will age beautifully and will be a lovely and shiny caramel brown colour so you can enjoy the changes over time. 


Tamotsu Nishimoto produces beautiful bamboo wares -bags and baskets for everyday use- in Beppu, Oita prefecture. Originally from Chiba a neighbor prefecture of Tokyo, after working for an electronic manufacturing company Tamotsu moved to Beppu to be trained for bamboo ware making and became a bamboo craft artist and started his own brand Tamotsu Seisakujo Bamboo Works in 2010. His signature items are the bamboo basket totes with leather handles, which are unique amongst many other bamboo baskets created all over Japan. People order his bags at his exhibitions and events all over Japan even though the wait can be 6 months or sometimes more.


Measurements (Approximately): 36cm (W) x 13cm (D) x 15cm (H) / 14"(W) x 5" (D) x 5.9" (H), Handle is 14mm/0.55" wide and 37cm/14.6" long.
Materials: Bamboo, cow leather, cork (used on the bottom in the inside).
Handcrafted in Oita, Japan



All orders are shipped from Japan using Japan Post mail services or Yamato Transport/UPS. You may select your preferred way of shipping - you will see the shipping options with cost and time estimate upon checkout or at shipping calculator which appears at the bottom of the cart page. (*Temporarily we are unable to ship to certain countries as international mail services are suspended due to COVID-19.)

See here for the full information on shipping.

Shipping cost is determined by weight of the package and destination and it depends on the shipping option you select.

Orders are typically shipped within 1-5 business days of your purchase.



*For items in KIYATA collection (only for this collection), shipping is $28 per item for all countries where EMS shipping is available or UPS Worldwide Expedited for USA and Australia (insurance included). 





Currently EMS and Airmail services with Japan Post are suspended since April due to COVID-19 so we are temporarily shipping with either of the following options:

Yamato Transport / UPS EXPEDITED*: 1-2 weeks / Starts from $28
International Parcel by Sea/Surface: About 2 months (it can take over 3 months to the US) / Starts from $19

*You may be collected custom fee upon arrival of package and this is responsible of the customer not Uguisu.
*There are certain items that can not be sent by Yamato Transport such as tea and aroma mist.



Registered Airmail: 5-15 Business Days / Starts from $7
EMS: 5-7 Business Days / Starts from $20


Registered Airmail: 5-15 Business Days / Starts from $7
EMS: 5-7 Business Days / Starts from $22

*You may be collected custom fee upon arrival of package and this is responsible of the customer not Uguisu.

Returns Policy

We will only provide a refund in the event of damaged or defective items that we cannot replace. If you wish to return or exchange an item you must first contact us within 7 days of arrival by email at hello [at]

Pre-ordered or Backordered items can not be returned.

We will not be able to accept return or exchange of items if contacted after 7 days of arrival, so please make sure to open the package and check the contents as soon as the package arrives.

All customers are responsible for shipping costs as well as duties on all returned items. We can not refund shipping if the package has already been shipped.

When the package for your order gets returned to us after no re-delivery is arranged when you needed to, we can resend you the package but you will need to pay for the postage again. If you choose to cancel the items, we can refund the amount for the purchased items but not the postage as it has already been shipped and is totally non-refundable.