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 info@itsumo.ca 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

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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

E-mail: info@itsumo.ca

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! 

Ohayo – Yasujiro Ozu, 1959

Ohayo – Yasujiro Ozu, 1959

Ohayo – Yasujiro Ozu, 1959

On this quiet Sunday, April 12th, marked for spiritual reflection, we wanted to share with you one of our favourite Japanese films, Yasujiro Ozu’s 1959 colour masterpiece, Ohayo.

Seems an ideal fit for the moment we find ourselves in. 


The film humorously depicts the life of a typical mid century Japanese family whose two young boys, Minoru & Isamu, try to persuade their parents to purchase a television set for the home so they can be like their bohemian neighbours and watch the beloved Sumo matches. 


With the recent break of Spring, and warmer weather prevailing, we find inspiration in Minoru & Isamu who strike a line in the sand by protesting for their independence via silent strike and outdoor adventure. We look forward to a time when we all might be able to venture out again to enjoy a family picnic, sharing simple food like home cooked rice. 


We hope you are all finding ways of staying comfortable, safe & healthy while spending this fortuitous time with close family, or connecting with distant loved ones through the many means we have to be together and communicate. 

Free Local Delivery

Free Local Delivery

Free Local Delivery

ITSUMO Free Local Delivery Option Added to Online Shop

Dear Customers,

As ITSUMO is a small, locally owned & operated independent retailer, we continue to explore ways to provide assistance to our community & our customers. Any online order we receive in the coming weeks & months will help to keep our shop running over the longer term, with the hopes of reopening our doors just as soon as possible.

As we all adjust to the circumstance we now face together, we at ITSUMO recognize all of us have extremely difficult decisions to make, with unanticipated priorities to fulfill. In this regard we appreciate tremendously any support our local and online community is capable of offering ITSUMO under the current circumstances.

For our valued clients located in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and both North & West Vancouver, we have added an option to choose free local delivery for online orders of any amount. We hope to add more local municipalities moving forward.

If this delivery option works for you, please select it from the shipping options during checkout at ITSUMO shop online. Please provide us with a mobile telephone number to arrange, by text message, delivery right outside your residence.

All ITSUMO orders are being sanitized before and during the shipping process.

Our local delivery service will be operated independently by ITSUMO and will occur twice a week.

Please feel free to contact us (info@itsumo.ca) in advance if you have any questions or special requests.


We continue to offer Local Pickup, Canada Post shipping for all Canadian & International orders, and USPS delivery for our clients in the US.

As a benefit to our clients outside the local area, free standard shipping is available on orders valued over $100.


We hope all of the products we offer at our ITSUMO shop can help bring comfort and practicality to your home during this difficult period of isolation, and these troubling times still find you and your family safe & healthy.


All our love and gratitude,


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