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Japanese Shears and Gardening Tools

Japanese Shears and Gardening Tools

Japanese Shears and Gardening Tools

Made in Tsubamesanjo


Japanese Shears and Gardening Tools

“Made in Tsubamesanjo”,  our ongoing special event held at ITSUMO this month, is featuring beautiful and functional kitchenware and home goods directly from the city of Tsubamesanjo located in Niigata prefecture. Tsubamesanjo is best known for their traditional craftsmanship and  famous for its metal processing and technological evolution.
Now as the days are getting brighter with Spring approaching, we would like to introduce some of our favourite new products available at ITSUMO.

Stunningly handcrafted by the skilled craftsmen in Tsubamesanjo using their traditional techniques and knowledge, a selection of essential Japanese tools for gardening is now available in-store and online. Highlighting from traditional Japanese bonsai shears to high quality tools for all gardening/ outdoor lovers, we hope to share inspiration and joy of working with plants, flowers, soil and the nature. Whether that be foraging on a camping trip, pruning flowers in a yard or starting a mini indoor garden at home,  these beautiful tools are truly pleasurable to use. 


Thanks to all the amazing response we’ve been getting for the event, “Made in Tsubamesanjo” will run until 

Sunday March 6th, 2022. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

279 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5T 1J7

Sentei & Ueki Gardening Scissiors

Ideal for traditional Japanese bonsai and general gardening work, these shears feature strong forged blades with razor-blade sharpness. Handmade one by one from high-carbon forged steel by skilled craftsmen at Toyama Hamono in Niigata prefecture.

About Toyama Hamono

Toymama Hamono is a traditional shears manufacturer based in Sanjo Niigata, Japan, a town famous for the craft of blacksmithery since 1861. Their methods are based on the manufacturing methods of Japanese swords (Katana) and have been hand-making secateurs and shears for almost 160 years. Toyama Hamono continues a respectful reputation throughout Japan and the world for producing excellence in gardening shears.

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Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year 2022

2021 was a time of resilience. Our year began with a renewed search for hope. Miraculously effective vaccines were delivered, and we began to emerge from what we hope had been the most uncertain time of the past many months. At that same time, we were reminded of the challenging new realities of climate change. In light of these difficult but not insurmountable problems, we commit that our work and responsibilities to our community must continue every day.  


2022 is the year of Tiger. Although it did not originate in Japan, the Chinese zodiac, and the 12 animals that represent it, have been embraced by Japanese traditions wholeheartedly, and it is an inherent part of daily Japanese life & culture. On New Year’s Day, we cherish and learn about the meanings of the symbolic animal, enriching ourselves with a sense of fresh prospect and possibilities for the year ahead.

The tiger was thought to be a star whose predecessor shines in the night sky due to its golden fur pattern. Seen as a powerful animal, along with the lion, the Tiger presents an image of strength and authority, and also has a is a symbol of wisdom followed by firm decision. Specifically, 2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger (壬寅, みずのえとら, mizunoetora). It is said to represent the auspiciousness of beginning anew and nurturing what has been born.

We hope that the year 2022 will be a cornerstone of revitalized growth, sprouting through the harsh winter as a new daily life begins.


We would like to thank all our valued customers and trusted community for their continued support over the past couple of challenging years. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve each and every one of you. We remain tremendously grateful for all of the kind encouragement and loving support offered to us each and every day. 

We look forward to the many good things to come in 2022, and to seeing everyone in the new year when the circumstances in our community most certainly begin to improve.


Once again, thank you so much.

From all of us at ITSUMO, we wish you & all your loved ones a safe, healthy and brilliant start to the New Year.

Ha Plates 葉皿 – Joji Fukushima Feature Sale 2021

Ha Plates 葉皿 – Joji Fukushima Feature Sale 2021

ITSUMO is pleased to have another opportunity to invite Vancouver based artist Joji Fukushima for his final exclusive sale featuring his hand-crafted wooden plates “Ha Plates 葉皿”.

In response to last year’s “Ike いけ” exhibition by Joji Fukushima, we’re excited to announce another special sale featuring his body of work exclusively available at ITSUMO. With a limited amount of completely hand crafted plates from start to finish, Hazara 葉皿 (leaf-plate) breathes second life into leftover lumber. Individually unique and food safe, each plate is repurposed fromoff-cut thin pieces of bowed and cupped wooden planks, normally considered undesirable within the aspect of his woodworking. The hiragana word “は” (ha = leaf) has been carved on the bottom of each plate, which, instead of stamping his name, is his way of  trademarking the series of his conceptualized work. Appreciating the beauty of the material’s imperfections, Joji Fukushima carries the wabi sabi ideology of embracing their natural state and finding joy from the potential of their becoming.

Ha Plates 葉皿 – Joji Fukushima Feature Sale

Starting from
Saturday December 11, 2021


ITSUMO | 279 East 6th Ave. Vancouver, BC

[Shop Hours]
Tue – Sat: 12:00 – 18:00
Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Mon: Closed

“ha” plates

For a while, I did not know what to do with thin pieces of bowed and cupped wood planks. They mostly come from re-sawing processes of cutting thick pieces of lumber into somewhat close to desired sizes. Dealing with off-cut is an inevitable aspect of wood working. Some of them are useful because they are straight enough… so I saw the bent and bowed pieces not so useful as I could not find any use for them. However, I eventually was able to get away from controlling focused woodworking practices. Then I started to see the joy in working with what they are, which led me to make ha plates series.

– Joji Fukushima

About Joji Fukushima

Born in Japan, Joji Fukushima came to Canada as a teenager and up until now has operated a/i studio, a multi-disciplinary workshop providing design and fabrication services located in Vancouver, BC. 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: www.i-divides-a.com

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to experience a sense of discovery of Joji Fukushima’s legacy in BC. As a final farewell, we are honoured to be presenting “Ha Plates 葉皿” at ITSUMO to celebrate the end of a chapter before he moves back to Japan at the end of 2021. Almost as if Fukushima himself will be leaving us a trail of shedding leaves, making room for new growth to breathe new life on his next journey.

2021 Holiday Shipping Guide

2021 Holiday Shipping Guide

2021 Holiday Shipping Guide

If you’re looking to send a gift this holiday, please follow our Holiday Shipping Guide to help you plan when to order your holiday gifts to ensure it arrives before December 25, 2021.


Order Deadlines

[Canadian Orders]

  • All orders going to Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon are recommended to be placed by Saturday, December 4th


  • All orders going to British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, and Ontario must be placed by Saturday, December 11th


  • All local orders coming from and to Vancouver are recommended to be placed by Saturday, December 18th


  • Canadian Express Order Deadline: Saturday, December 18th


[U.S. Orders]

All U.S orders must be placed by Saturday, December 11th

[International Orders]

Due to impacts of COVID-19, high volume of shipments and the unavailability of transportation, international orders are experiencing delays. As a result, delivery dates are not guaranteed, therefore shipping guideline dates for international orders can not be provided at this time. 

Please find this link to Chit Chats (our drop-off facility) for updates on international mail services.

Gift Wrap

One of our special services we offer at ITSUMO is our complimentary gift wrapping, which is beautiful and thoughtful. If you would like your item(s) wrapped, please make sure to leave a note during checkout, or e-mail us with your order number.


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. 

2021 Holiday Operating Hours

2021 Holiday Operating Hours

Starting Tuesday November 9th, our shop in Vancouver BC will open on Tuesdays from 12 – 6pm additional to our regular operating hours till the end of the year. We look forward to assisting your seasonal shopping!

2021 Holiday Operating Hours⁠

[ from November 9th ~ December 31st ]

12:00 ~ 18:00: Tuesday ~ Saturday

12:00 ~ 17:00: Sunday

Closed: Monday


 Shop Location 

279 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5T 1J7


Customer Service

Phone: 604-423-3679

e-mail: info@itsumo.ca

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 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!

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