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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 CanadaHelps.org 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.


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







Saturday June 6th, 2020


279 East 6th Ave, Vancouver BC



  • Maximum 6 customers can be accommodated in the shop at any time. Please wait in line outside until our staff can welcome you in. 

  • Please maintain 2m distance while visiting ITSUMO.

  • We request all customers sanitize hands upon entry. We will provide hand sanitizer at our entrance. 

  • 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.



Online ordering is always available with In-Store Pick Up or Free Local Delivery. (Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North & West Vancouver)


12PM – 6PM: Thursday – Saturday

12PM – 5PM: Sunday & Monday

Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday

Contact us:

Phone: 604-423-3679

E-mail: info@itsumo.ca

Follow: @itsumolife


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! 

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,


Our Vancouver store temporarily closed.

Our Vancouver store temporarily closed.

Our Vancouver store temporarily closed.

As the situation in our community continues to intensify, we have decided to temporarily close our Vancouver ITSUMO shop. 

While this has been a difficult decision to make, with the fragility of our young business in mind, we do feel the interests of our community must come first.

We would like to offer our support to all independent entrepreneurs that have decided to keep their doors open during difficult times as this decision needs to be made on a case by case basis. Now is most definitely the time to find ways to support your local business community. The next several weeks will see economic hardship and loss of employment causing many favourite local shops and restaurants to permanently close their doors.


Our ITSUMO online store remains open as we continue to maximize efforts keeping our handmade products safe for you and your family.

We remain optimistic that together our community can win the immediate battle against this unseen spectre and resume full operation in the Spring. Until then please stay healthy and value the unscheduled time with immediate family and loved ones.


For any questions, please contact us via social cahnnels or at info@itsumo.ca




Do you live in Vancouver?

Are you planning to visit Vancouver?

If yes, please visit our favourite little local sweets shop/caféUsagi Sweets!

Our local pickup is also available at Usagi Sweets for all customers in or around the city of Vancouver BC at a free of charge for all online orders.


We are very excited to be teamed up with our good friends at Usagi Sweets.

Opened in December 2018, Usagi Sweets is a Japanese inspired sweets shop and café on Vancouver’s west side.

It’s begun as a true passion project of our good friend, Moeno, who is a daughter of Miju and Hiroshi Kawai, and a sister of Mitsumi. The Kawai family has many and diverse talents and hospitality from their successful restaurant businesses in town.

Moeno’s inspiration comes from her fond memories of going to confections stores called Wagashiyas in Japan as a child. Usagi carries small treats like “mochi mochi”; chewy, sweet goodies made with glutinous rice in various flavours, such as goma (sesame), cream-cheese, brownie, and nuts-and-cranberry, matcha brownies and all sorts of little bite-size cookies, such as hojicha (roasted green tea), matcha-espresso, matcha-milk. Several of the items are vegan, while drinks include Japanese tea and other herbal tea from Cultivate Tea. Usagi also offers a daily onigiri lunch set. A healthy and comforting combination of two onigiri (rice balls), two kinds of vegetables and a soy sauce-flavoured boiled egg.

Usagi means rabbit in Japanese, and the shop’s logo features a line drawing of a bunny inside a full moon.
“In Japanese lore, there’s a rabbit in the moon making mochi, rather than a man in the moon”, says Moeno. “I can actually see the rabbit’s ears and hind feet when I look up at a full moon on a bright night.”

The entire space is made cosy with her hand-made, crocheted bases for the table and chair stands. Moeno’s father did most of the woodwork in the 400-square-foot interior, and the wall shelving units and wooden table tops were beautifully designed and built with cherry wood by Vancouver’s furniture designer Jay Miron.

The retail shelves feature colourful coasters, tablecloths, and many other accessories handcrafted by Miju, Moeno’s mother. Now you can also find a curated selection of ITSUMO goods available for sale from ceramics, textiles, stationery, and many more.


A local pickup option can be selected at check out on our website. We will notify the earliest available pickup day immediately after confirmation on your order.  





Some animals that come to mind as the twelve zodiac signs are slightly different in China and Japan. This year it is a pig in China, and a boar in Japan. 

In the ear when twelve zodiac signs were transferred from China to Japan, since meat eating was not common in Japan, no habit of keeping livestock pigs existed. 

It is also said that wild boar meat for the Japanese at the time was a symbol of a disease-free, cure for all kind of illness. Now Wild Boar symbolizes courage and adventure. 

In China, it seems that it was distinguished early on as they were raising as livestock for a long time. Pigs are known to be auspicious animals. 

May the Year of the Pig (Boar) bring you good fortune and lots of Happiness!





ITSUMO is offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on orders over $50 to North American customers and over $150 to qualifying international customers*

See Shipping & Returns policy for details.

Offer valid on qualifying orders made before Midnight, Tuesday, Nov. 27th


If you’d like to see the products in person, including in-store exclusive items, please visit us at our Fall / Winter Pop Up Shop currently happening in Vancouver:

ITSUMO Lifestyle Pop Up Shop

2018 Nov. 14th – Dec. 24th
478 Union Street
Vancouver, BC (MAP)
Open Daily 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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