Online Special Gift

Online Special Gift

Online Special Gift

Free Kinchaku Bag 

For a limited time, ITSUMO will be gifting our online customers a charming kinchaku pouch for orders over $100. 

Commonly named as “kinchaku” in Japanese, these drawstring pouches are locally handsewn with Japanese fabrics, some with lovely sashiko details making each one unique and one of a kind. Use them to carry small items like accessories, face masks, cosmetics, snacks, or even lucky charms! They vary in different sizes and colours and will be chosen at random. Available until quantities last.


Free shipping

Free shipping will be offered for orders over $200 including an ITSUMO Kinchaku Bag.


(Offer valid until supplies last.)

About Kinchaku Bag (巾着袋)


Kinchaku is a traditional Japanese purse or handbag, typically with a drawstring. ‘Kin’ means fabric and ‘Chaku’ means to put on. Kinchaku was created to carry personal belongings or sometimes Lunch box and utensils.

Ways to use…

These pouches are a great way to organize drawers, bags, or closets to put away small items such as headphones, keys, jewelry, toys, and even a face mask! Or use them as a reusable gift wrap and make it extra special.

One of a kind…

Carefully hand sewn locally in Vancouver, these charming pouches are made of cotton or linen fabric gathered together with a linen drawstring, some finished with sashiko stitching detail to create a simple and elegant pouch to accessorize your home and hold small possessions.

Thankful for the New Year

Thankful for the New Year

Thankful for the New Year

IKE by Joji Fukushima Exhibition at ITSUMO 2020

Jet-lagged. Though I didn’t travel at all this year, it’s the word that may be the closest description for how I’m feeling personally as we each attempt to fly through the psychological and social turbulence of our moment in history.

A strange journey, 2020, the pandemic has caused significant shifts in our world, resulting in the many ordinary things of our daily lives being put into deeper perspective. Here in our part of the world, we feel blessed to be a part of a community that has made consistent effort and sacrifice to confront these new challenges we face, individually & collectively. Our thoughts remain with all of the families whose struggles this past year became too difficult to bear.

The invisible ink spilt all over made many vital issues and injustices visible. With the flow of polarization around us, our ways of thinking are constantly moving, becoming increasingly divided, far & close. We stand at a turning point.

Right and left, light and shadow, up and down. I think of two opposing powers like electromagnetic forces. If a new balance can be born out of these energies in opposition, a new way of thinking that challenges upwards instead of downwards, perhaps even bringing us closer as one, is this the eternal nature of our growth & evolution?

Despite all the uncertainty, there is something that I felt was definite. 2020 has forced many of us to take time to slow down, reflect and to always be thankful.


Speaking of slowing down…

We recognize this refound change in pace as an opportunity to see our business practices with a fresh frame of mind, and to find the many ways we can begin to make a more positive impact on the community around us.

2021 is a year of Ox. It is said that the year of Ox will be a year of endurance. As the Ox has long been a symbiotic animal helping humans in agriculture, we’d like to believe that working hard on what is in front of us without rushing ahead will one day lead to future prosperity.

We aspire to make 2021 a year more full of hope, to aid our community in overcoming the challenges of the time, and to wish for productive innovation and new ways of understanding to be born out of it.


Looking back on the past year, mostly, we remain tremendously grateful for all of the kind support you, our customers, our families, and our broader community have offered us. We realize our determination to think carefully about the products and services we wish to offer to you is an even deeper responsibility now more than ever.

We see your warm encouragement as a shining light to follow passionately in a straight line toward our ever evolving mission. 


Once again, thank you so much.

We wish you & all your loved ones a bright, safe & healthy start to a new year.

IKE | いけ  Joji Fukushima Exhibition

IKE | いけ Joji Fukushima Exhibition

IKE | いけ Joji Fukushima Exhibition

IKE by Joji Fukushima Exhibition at ITSUMO 2020

An exploration of the connection between ponds and vessels.

ITSUMO is pleased to invite Vancouver based artist Joji Fukushima for an exclusive event featuring his handcrafted wooden products.

Comprised of over one hundred wooden bowls, cups and plates, Ike exhibition explores the connections between two familiar objects: ponds and vessels. In combination, the unique pieces gathered on the presentation platform evoke a landscape, inspired by the essence of a pond. Within this moment of organization, Fukushima invites viewers to explore a juxtaposition of two previously unrelated entities. 

Each vessel is numbered and etched with the Japanese word “ike” (pond); a reminder of Fukushima’s ongoing exploration of the hidden connections found between similar yet divergent forms; parallels, often experienced in life, which Fukushima finds useful as a means of understanding  that help guide a sensible evolution of culture.

IKE | いけ Joji Fukushima Exhibition

Thursday October 22 – December 2020

279 East 6th Ave. Vancouver, BC

Wed – Sat: 12:00 – 18:00
Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Mon & Tue: By Appointment


◉ All exhibiting items available for sale.


Joji Fukushima

Born in Japan, Joji Fukushima came to Canada as a teenager and now operates a/i studio, a multi disciplinary workshop providing design and fabrication services.


His wooden furniture designs are a combination of simplicity and thoughtful functionality, and are often born out of everyday necessity and the idea of adapting objects to suit individual needs.
His connection to the materials is evident, regularly using offcuts of wood to minimize waste and change the way we view and interact with seemingly basic items.  a/i studio is currently located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 
a/i studio

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Art by Juanasialuk Irqumia, 1964


June 21st, 2020

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we at ITSUMO wanted to take a moment to recognize the inspiration we find daily from the cultural contribution made by First Nations artists; members of communities consistently experiencing broad forms of marginalization and limited access to justice in all regions of Canada.

Within these creative works we often perceive a spiritual connection to Japanese craft and visual art. A relationship not only of technique but also of form & line, colour & craft. We value the unfailing awareness of the sustaining grace of our natural environment and a community’s relationship to it.


Upon recent reflection we began to support community based organizations whose mandate is to help break apart intractable socioeconomic infrastructure in order to increase opportunity for Indigenous communities and build sustaining platforms for First Nations voices sharing creative work & ideas:

“Providing programs in health, welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of aboriginal people of all age groups.”

“Our hope is that all Nunavut children and youth obtain standards of living and services similar to the rest of Canada in terms of education, opportunities, health and well-being.”


“A resource for Northern artists and to reflect and support the artistic ambition and aesthetic of local and regional community organizations.”


“To empower and support Inuit artists’ self-expression and self determination, while increasing the public’s access to and awareness of artists’ work.”


“An Indigenous-led charitable organization catalyzing meaningful relationships through values-based dialogue, leadership and action.”


More info for these organizations & others can be found through the website.

If there are other similarly focused, community based programs you feel need support, please send info to help guide us in our commitment to promote positive change in our communities.







Saturday June 6th, 2020


279 East 6th Ave, Vancouver BC



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  • Masks are always welcome, but not mandatory at ITSUMO.

  • We encourage the use of Tap payment.

  • We kindly request customers who are experiencing or have recently experienced Covid symptoms to not visit the shop.


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