CHOPSTICKS NY

Japanese Culture in New York - Chopsticks NY

Loading
HOMEFeatureFoodBeautyShopSchoolTravelJapanese Forum
Celebrity Talk
2015
2014
2013
2012
Aug
Jul
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Start 2015 Beautifully with Fuji-san Items

pp0115_main

Fuji-san, known outside Japan as Mt. Fuji or Fujiyama, is the highest mountain in Japan. It is a stratovolcano (a volcano composed of many layers) that stands 12,389 feet above sea level. Japanese people, whose spiritual culture is deeply rooted in nature, view Fuji-san as sacred and have worshipped this beautiful, cone-shaped mountain for centuries. In Japanese culture, it’s said that what you see in your hatsuyume, the first dream of the year, tells your fortune for the year, and the dream that brings you the most luck is one featuring Mt. Fuji.

Since it is a volcano, Fuji-san has a crater on its summit, with its top perpetually covered in snow. This elegant view has inspired many artists both inside and outside the country. Renowned ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, Hokusai Katsushika (well known for his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji) and Hiroshige Utagawa (famous for The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido) often used Fuji-san as a motif.

Fuji-san was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, and since then Japan has experienced a Fuji-san boom, attracting more and more visitors and releasing more Fuji-san-inspired items. Although it’s not easy for those of us living in the U.S. to visit Fuji-san, we can enjoy Fuji-san-related goods. Here,Chopsticks NY introduces some Fuji-san products available in America.

Umbrella

pp0115_sub1

This cleverly designed Fuji-san umbrella will brighten your mood, even on a rainy, gloomy day. Small triangles representing Fuji-san are geometrically arranged to create a huge Fuji-san when the umbrella is opened. The red, round tag attached to the handle symbolizes the Sun.

JapanTrendShop
www.japantrendshop.com

 

Beer Glass

pp0115_sub2

You can create your own Fuji-san while enjoying beer. The tapered shape of this glass echoes the elegant slope of Fuji-san, and it is carefully designed to create the perfect amount of foam. The result is a beautiful view of snow-capped, golden Fuji-san reflecting the sunlight. The glass holds 9.5 ounces of beer.

JapanTrendShop

 

Edo Kiriko Glassware

pp0115_sub3

These kiriko (Japanese cut glass) glasses have a Fuji-san pattern replicating Hokusai’s Red Fuji (seeing Fuji-san with a red hue is considered a good omen). The glassware is engraved by hand, and the cuts create a shimmering effect, making them perfect for drinking shochu on celebratory occasions. The glasses come in two colors, red and lapis lazuli.

JAPANSQUARE
www.japansquare.com

Fuji on the Rock Ice Maker

pp0115_sub4

Enjoy your own miniature Fuji-san in a glass! This mold creates a Fuji-san-shaped, clear ice cube with opaque, snow-like frosty air bubbles on top. Just fill the mold with water and freeze for 8 to 10 hours, and you’ll have a Fuji-san ice cube.

JapanTrendShop

 

Tin Sake Cup

pp0115_sub5

A sake cup has the ideal silhouette for replicating Fuji-san’s beautiful cone shape. This tin sake cup is created by Nousaku, a long-established metalwork company of master craftsmen in Toyama Prefecture, and it meticulously reproduces the form of Fuji-san. Flip the cup upside down, and you can appreciate Mt. Fuji.

CD Japan
www.cdjapan.co.jp

Grater

pp0115_sub6

Uniquely designed, this porcelain grater is not only practical but also cute. You can grate ginger or garlic on the snow-covered mountain top, and the final product naturally falls to the foot of the mountain. With its beautiful sky-blue color, it spices up your table as well.

UncommonGoods
www.uncommongoods.com

Tenugui
pp0115_sub7

The tenugui, a traditional Japanese towel, is a perfect canvas for Fuji-san and allows you to keep the mountain close to you at all times. wuhao new york, inc., an online tenugui shop, carries several designs featuring Fuji-san images by Hiroshige and Hokusai. Instead of using machine-based, modern printing techniques that precisely replicate patterns on fabric, these tenugui are made with the traditional chusen dyeing method. With its unique blurriness and overlapping edges of color, each tenugui is itself another work of art that reflects the inspiration and craftsmanship of Hiroshige and Hokusai.

wuhao new york, inc.
www.wuhaonyc.com

———————————————-

DIY Fuji-san Onigiri

pp0115_sub13

1. Cut a piece of nori* into a 3″ x 5″ rectangle and make the edges wavy or jagged on the shorter sides. (If you make a natural wavy edge, the final product will have a cute look, while a sharp, jagged edge will create a more realistic effect.)

pp0115_sub14

2.Make a triangular onigiri rice ball. The length of each side of the triangle should match the narrow width of the nori.

pp0115_sub15

3.Place the onigiri in the middle of the nori as indicated in the picture.

pp0115_sub16

4.Wrap the onigiri with the nori. Voilà, Fuji-san!

pp0115_sub17

*You can use soy paper instead of nori.

———————————————-

Furoshiki

pp0115_sub8

Japanese traditional wrapping cloth, Furoshiki, comes in various sizes and materials. This 100% cotton furoshiki’s design is a typical view of Fuji-san with clouds and waves in a modern style. You can use it in a conventional way as well as hang it on the wall.

wuhao new york, inc.
www.wuhaonyc.com

Handkerchief

pp0115_sub9

Fuji-san on this handkerchief has a cute tweak. Graphically designed, slightly different Fuji-san motifs appear recurrently. It’s practical yet fun to watch the “kawaii” mountains.

Kinokuniya Bookstore
www.kinokuniya.com/us

Notebook

pp0115_sub10

Cleverly designed in Japanese kamon (family crest) style by maromon (www.maromon.jp), this notebook represents the essence of Japanese traditions in graphics; chic, simple and impressive.

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Fuji-san Stamp

pp0115_sub11

Since Fuji-san is viewed as a good-luck charm in Japan, why not use this auspicious motif on a New Year’s card? This Fuji-san-patterned stamp helps you create your own cards easily. You can even paint, draw, and write on the stamped design.

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Sticky Note

pp0115_sub12

You will never forget anything if Fuji-san is sticking out of books and notebooks. Perfect marks for your to-do list.

Kinokuniya Bookstore