Summer Pop-up – Sukui on Bowen Island

Summer Pop-up – Sukui on Bowen Island

Summer Pop-up – Sukui on Bowen Island

Itsumo summer pop-up at Miki Tanaka Jewelry - Sukui on Bowen Island

すくい Sukui on Bowen Island

Summer Pop Up at MIKI TANAKA jewelry
585 Prometheus Place, Bowen Island, BC
(Lower Artisan Square)

2021 August 12th Thursday – 22nd Sunday
Open everyday 10am – 4pm

Sukui (to scoop)

Following up on their 2019 “Meguri – the miracle of chance encounters” pop-up collaboration, Miki Tanaka Jewelry and ITSUMO will come together once more for a pop-up event on Bowen Island. This year’s theme is Sukui すくい , a Japanese expression which means “to scoop”.

Humans have used the action of scooping since ancient times in order to transfer just the right amount of substance from one vessel to another. Often, your own two hands can serve as the perfect tool, functioning as a natural measuring device for the ideal amount of whatever it is you might desire. This idea of scooping up and carrying with you just enough of what you need drives the theme behind this year’s pop-up collaboration. Take only what you require, and let the excess drop away.

Featuring a curated selection of products from both ITSUMO and Miki Tanaka, the pop-up shop will be held at Miki Tanaka’s Artisan Square atelier on Bowen Island, from August 12th to 22nd. There will be handcrafted home products, including one-of-a-kind antiques from Japan, along with a line of handmade objects by Miki Tanaka, produced exclusively for this event. Many of these unique pieces will only be available for purchase during the Sukui pop-up.

We hope to see you there.

About Miki Tanaka

Originally from Izu Peninsula, Japan, Miki Tanaka made the journey to North America at the age of 20 to study painting and metal smithing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Soon after, she moved to New York city and completed her studies at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design. It was in New York in 2001, she started Miki Tanaka Jewelry and began selling it in emerging stores in NYC and across the world. In 2017, Miki and her husband Bob opened the studio/gallery on Bowen Island, BC, where she continues to develop her unique organic precision style as a jewelry designer and metalsmith. She enjoys finding the perfect visual balance and loves to discover patterns while she creates these unique jewelry forms. To ensure that each piece meets highest quality standards, she considers the longevity of her products and carefully selects her pure materials while making each piece by hand.


Take pleasure in an unhurried lifestyle and reconnect with useful objects made and meant for daily enjoyment.

Based in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, ITSUMO carries a selection of Japanese goods and crafts that celebrate the quiet joy of everyday life. Focusing on three core elements – 衣食住 Dress, Eat, Dwell – ITSUMO seeks out beautiful, yet essential tools for living, made by hand and crafted from natural elements, often using centuries-old traditional Japanese techniques. “Itsumo”

is the Japanese word for always, everyday, continuously and forever; and each product carries with it, both the history of its craft and the potential for a lifetime of use.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st, 2021)

On this During National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st, 2021), during National Indigenous Peoples Month (June), and at all times throughout the year, ITSUMO recognizes our shared responsibility to not only reflect on the incredible cultures, histories & traditions of the many resilient peoples, nations & communities that have endured and persevered through centuries of colonial hegemony, apartheid & spiritual decimation; but also to embrace an ongoing opportunity to continue our own introspective reckoning of the many ways that we are each personally complicit with the systems & institutions that continue to marginalize and oppress indigenous communities around the globe today.

We recognize that we are guests on unceded land, known in our local region as the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.

At ITSUMO, what started as a pure enthusiasm and deep respect for indigenous arts and craftsmanship has resulted in an evolving awakening of learning and unlearning; a burgeoning awareness of the continuing oppression and devastation of indigenous communities whose people & cultures have been stifled & suppressed by our systemic institutions of post colonial power.

As we continue to discover connections between the textiles and crafts of global indigenous artists and those of ancient Japanese communities and craftspeople, we recognize the tremendous value we place on the connection ITSUMO shares with indigenous cultures, and also with the natural world and all of its precious resources.

In an effort to try to contribute to positive change in our local communities, ITSUMO continues to support indigenous-led organizations whose mandate it is to help promote education, healing and reconciliation.⁠ A few of these groups are listed below. Each of these, and many more, can be supported through the Canadahelps charitable organization website.

Inuit Art Foundation⁠
Indian Residential School Survivors Society⁠
Legacy of Hope Foundation⁠
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto⁠
Yukon Arts Centre Corporation⁠
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada⁠


Art: Pitaloosie Saila (Cape Dorset), Tattooed Sun, 1988, Stonecut.

Temporary Shipping Notice

Temporary Shipping Notice

Temporary Shipping Notice

Updated May 13th, 2021


All online orders that have been placed after Friday May 14th will be shipped out once a week every Friday (instead of every day) effective May 21st until July.

⁠We apologize for any inconveniences to our wonderful customers and appreciate your patience!⁠

If you have any concerns regarding your order or shipping schedule, please email us at anytime, or feel free to phone 604-423-3679 during our operating hours.

Thank you.

Online Spring Special

Online Spring Special

Online Spring Special

For a limited time, we will be offering an exclusive ITSUMO incense sachet for our online orders over $100. 

Packaged in a beautifully hand sewn linen bag that is washable and reusable, inside each of these sachets holds “Mushiyoke-koh” (虫よけ香), an aromatic incense powder, containing natural insecticide properties to keep bugs out while storing your belongings with a fresh scent. Store one in your closet, drawer, or box of old books, etc.

The linen cover is also designed to fit Kungyokudo’s Lavender-based Garment Incense Sachets. Just in time for the seasonal change of clothes!

Offer available until quantities last.

Free Shipping + ITSUMO Incense Sachet

Free shipping will still be offered for orders over $200 including a ITSUMO incense sachet.


An aromatic incense in a simple linen bag, this Mushiyoke-koh is an incense sachet that contains natural insecticide properties. Using sandalwood as the base, it is blended beautifully with plant-based ingredients such as clove, and borneol, that are highly effective against insect damages.  


The Mushiyoke-koh is made by Kungyokudo, one of the oldest incense manufacturers in Kyoto that has created incense for temples and Buddhist establishments for more than 420 year in Japan. Kungyokudo continues its unique manufacturing traditions to this day, offering a wide range of incense available to our lifestyles. 


It is recommended not only for storing clothes, but also to protect kimonos, antique books, textiles, etc. Mushiyoke-koh can also be simply enjoyed as a scent in your bag or car. 


Care instructions:

  • Please keep the incense sachet in the linen bag. The incense should not directly touch fabric.

  • Store the incense carefully, avoid putting in the mouth.

  • Take extra care to keep it away from the reach of children.

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to store a Mushiyoke-koh incense sachet with your fabrics, during a seasonal change of clothing while reorganizing your closet.

Use your mushiyoke-koh linen bag to store other aromatics like Kungyokudo Garment Incense, that fits perfectly in its pouch.

2020 Holiday Shipping Guide

2020 Holiday Shipping Guide

2020 Holiday Shipping Guide

ITSUMO_Slide_2020-12_Holiday shipping

2020 Holiday Shipping Guide

If you’re looking to send a gift this holiday, please check our guide (deadlines) to help you plan when to order your holiday gifts to ensure it arrives before Sunday, December 25, 2020.

At Itsumo we strive to process your order as quickly and carefully as possible. Of course, sending gifts early is the best way to avoid any issues but we cannot guarantee the delivery date. Therefore we advise all customers are responsible for ensuring orders are placed in time for your parcels arrival. If we are experiencing higher than normal volume we will reach out to let you know. 

Please find this link below to Canada Post Delivery Standard to help you take additional precautions when ordering.

[Shipping Deadlines]

Canadian Order

  • Canadian orders except British Columbia are recommended to be placed by Sunday December 6th

  • B.C orders must be placed by Sunday December 13th


U.S. Orders

  • All U.S orders must be placed by Sunday December 13th


International Orders

  • International orders must be placed by Sunday November 15th to make it for Christmas Day (Sunday, Dec 25, 2020)

Gift Wrap

We also offer complimentary gift wrapping so if you would like your item wrapped, please leave a note during checkout.

Thank you!

One Year

One Year

Just a couple of days ago, I was looking at the calendar on the wall as usual, with my eyes following our small notes, highlights, arrows… that we scribbled daily behind the desk.

At November 2nd stopped my eyes.

This day marks a special one for us as we celebrate ITSUMO’s 1st birthday at 279 E6th Ave.

One. year.

Feeling extremely fortunate to be able to share our love & passion for what we do everyday, we continue to hope provide stillness in the eye of the storm that is 2020.

As we reminisce about our pop-up shop days in the past, we cannot express enough how grateful we deeply feel in our heart every single day to our community, customers, friends & family for the amazing support.

Without every and all your support we could not have been able to make the huge leap to open up a permanent location in the city we love, Vancouver.


We would like to say thank you to everyone’s continuous support for ITSUMO. We are looking forward to sharing many exciting years to come.

The images from our photo album show a small part of our visual memories from the days we spent behind the closed doors approaching to the opening day.

Cannot explain well but this is simply why we do what we do.


Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

We are happy to announce that the ITSUMO Vancouver store has reopened.


With our community’s Covid guidance in mind, we have protocols in place to protect both our staff & our customers. Hand sanitizer & masks (if desired) are available upon entry and exit. 


Over the past several weeks we have taken time to listen, learn and reflect upon the institutionalized racism and unrelenting systems of oppression that persist globally, and more specifically the unacceptable circumstance here in Canada.

We acknowledge the critical & urgent importance of taking a fresh stance against all forms of police brutality, and stand ready to march in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and all marginalized lives of People of Colour.

Our team at ITSUMO would like to observe this historic moment as an opportunity to restart & rebuild with a state of mind focused on more fully educating ourselves and evolving our operation. With optimism, we support the revolution taking place, and commit to making all efforts to continue to wake up to the dire situation that has always persisted for marginalized communities.

Moving forward, we continue the challenging work towards the collective goal of creating a Safe & Just community for all People of Colour.

As we progress, we hope to continue to share more information with our community as we undertake this unlimited process of growth.


Thank you for your loyal and continued support. 

We look foward to seeing you soon.


New Hours of Operation

Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 6PM

Sun & Mon: 12 – 5PM

Tuesday & Wednesday: By Appointment

Online ordering is always available with In-Store Pick Up or Free Local Delivery*. 

(Please read more about our Local Delivery option here.)

Please contact us for booking a private appointment;

Phone: 604-423-3679


Follow: @itsumolife


Oval Boxes – Masashi Ifuji

Oval Boxes – Masashi Ifuji

Oval Boxes – Masashi Ifuji

With a spiritual inspiration, and made by hand using time-honoured methods of 18th century colonial American Shaker communities, the deep rooted form meets function philosophy of these Ifuji Oval Boxes results in an essential object for everyday positive living.


The Shakers originally used the oval boxes to store sewing supplies & dried goods. Nowadays, the beautiful curved shape offers an ideal vessel for display in home or office, allowing you to store treasured essential items in plain sight.


Japanese craftsman & designer Masashi Ifuji specializes in creating simple but functional wooden objects, utilizing traditional techniques and minimal forms. Based out of Matsumoto, Nagano, Ifuji is best known for his clean and precise design approach allowing users to appreciate the moments of stillness found in daily life; offering a small piece of calm retreat amid our busy day to day.


Dishes – Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain

Dishes – Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain

Dishes – Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain

Casually named “Dishes”, this series of porcelain products by Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain suggests the joy of everyday tableware.

The atmosphere of your table can be subtly altered depending on the combination of shape, colour, size & detail, especially when using a minimal form.

These Dishes’ deeper rim are ideal for pasta, curry, salad, and other saucy entrees, in addition to your favourite desserts at tea time. 

Shipping for Mother’s Day Gift

Shipping for Mother’s Day Gift

Shipping for Mother’s Day Gift

With Mother’s Day coming up May 10th, we wanted to send out a quick note regarding shipping options to help make certain your gift arrives on time.


Canada Post is currently experiencing high volume and has warned of possible delivery delays. 

Our Standard Shipping option (free with $100 order) usually estimates 3-5 business days, but we are seeing delivery times expand to 8+ days, esp. for Eastern Canada orders.

US deliveries are currently taking 3-6 business days.


If you prefer to guarantee delivery before the big day, we do offer US/Canada expedited shipping options at Checkout, but we are encouraging anyone hoping to send a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day to try to get their order in as soon as possible. 

Orders completed after Wednesday April 29 run the risk of arriving late. 

We are also offering our ITSUMO Gift Wrapping option complimentary for Mother’s Day orders.


If you would like your ITSUMO order gift wrapped, please make a note at Checkout with the request and a short note for the gift card. 


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there from us at ITSUMO. We love you. Please stay healthy & safe! 

Join Our Waitlist We will notify you when the product is back in stock. Please enter your email address below.