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August 2022

Hello friends,

Our team has put together a seasonal newsletter to provide you shop news, inspiration & culture as we move through the seasons together. With Labour Day approaching, we are noticing a shift in our focus and the atmosphere around us slowly quieting…

Let’s all enjoy the remaining moments of summer!

— Porcelain Tableware —

We are thrilled to let you know that our favourite tableware is finally back in stock! Including cups, bowls, & plates from Yumiko Iihoshi’s “ReIRABO, “Dishes“, “Unjour” & “Bon Voyage” collection, the popular colours and sizes are available to purchase online or in person at our physical shop in Vancouver. We also have some exciting new items added to our collection available in-store now.

— About Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain —

Yumiko Iihoshi’s concept is to create a design that is on the boundary between handmade and conventionally manufactured products. She designs and oversees the manufacture of porcelain tableware which combines the use of molds for uniformity, with hand glazing by artisans, to ensure each piece has a sense of individuality.

All products are crafted in Japan. Each ceramic glaze and shape is unique and original, taking inspiration from the functionality and pure sense of a vessel. The aesthetic forms and unique palettes are infused with a sense of nostalgia, inspiring us to reflect and reminisce about time while using it in our daily lives.

— Traditionally Handcrafted Homewares —

Our latest shipment from Azmaya includes their beautifully crafted homewares and the return of the coveted items such as Hinoki Bath Stool & Rice Storage Box. Whether you’re creating a relaxing space for your bath or organizing space in your kitchen, these items are made to last and will bring a touch of elegance in your everyday lifestyle.

— About Azmaya —

Making the best use of skilled Japanese craftsmanship, Azmaya collaborates with artisans, designers, and small local manufactures to revive an old Japanese aesthetic sense.

From beautifully crafted tableware and functionally calculated kitchenware, their specialized homewares are made with a consistent commitment to using traditional techniques and only the highest quality materials found in Japan.

Seasonal Mood

24 Sekki Calendar

SHOSHO 処暑 – Lessening Heat
August 23

At ITSUMO, we enjoy exploring culture and seasonal observations using 24 sekki solar calendar. Also known as “small season”, 24 sekki doesn’t use dates to mark seasons, but instead, it divides up the year by natural phenomena. Thinking in 24 sekki is another way of appreciating the changes in seasons.

Today starts the micro season of Shosho (Lessening Heat). It is the time when the heat of the hottest season is over, marking the end of summer.

Although the heat still lingers during the day time, the air has been noticeably cooler in the morning and at night. A sign that Autumn is upon us, providing a sense of relief from the summer heatwave and gratefulness for moments of rainfall to bring all the dried greens back to life. It is during these times of seasonal transitions when we can feel changes the most. Whether that be in the air, within our wardrobe, or even in our personal lives like a new school term, or traveling to a new city, like nature, it is essential for growth and transition for the greater good.

For pleasantly enjoying the summer evenings, Kikka Senko Mosquito Coil will protect you from mosquitos while adding a calm scent of natural incense in the atmosphere. Ideal for your camping trip or backyard party!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read ITSUMO’s newsletter!

Here is one of our shop dogs Chunk to say thank you as well. Last month he got his summer haircut, now that fall is upon us, it also means Chunk’s hair will grow out and be fluffy soon.

Please feel free to send us your comments or feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

Until our next letter,

Seasonal Products

Azmaya kiri wood rice storage box with rice scoopAzmaya kiri wood rice storage box with sliding wood opening
Rice Storage Box Sale price From $215.00
Hinoki Bath StoolHinoki bath stool handcrafted in Japan using sustainable Japanese cypress wood
Hinoki Bath Stool Sale price From $320.00
Kikka Senkoh Mosquito Coil Incense – OutdoorKikka Senkoh Mosquito Coil Incense – Outdoor
Azmaya ceramic round teapot in unglazed matte black with side handle, 255 ml or 8 ozHand holding the side handle on Azmaya's round teapot in unglazed matte black

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