Screen-printed by hand just for Best Made, this 2019 calendar offers more than a daily panner—there are weather predictions, moon phases, astrological information and much more. While it’s covered in Japanese, there’s a handy reference key for those who aren’t fluent, and the result will please design enthusiasts.
This handmade tea bowl, with a delicately shaped serving spout, is the perfect depth for whisking matcha. Crafted from coarse clay, it features an unfinished bottom to prevent slippage and to allow the pourer to get a solid grip. Made in the Mino-yaki style, in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, there’s no better, or functional, accessory for making and serving your fresh teas.
Made for Japanese grilling, this cast iron Yaki Pan features a removable handle and comes with a cider wood trivet—turning the pan into a serving dish in seconds. Safe for use in the oven and on a stovetop, this pan will get better and better with use.
This made-in-Japan jacket from beloved brand Visvim is puffy and perfectly functional—there’s a detachable hood, snap-pockets on the front and a drawstring waist and hem to trap warmth inside. Filled with 96% down and 4% feathers, it’s also fully lined—so no matter how cold your winter gets, you’ll stay super-cozy.
Full of unique, influential and fascinating concrete structures in Tokyo, this guidebook is in Japanese and English, and aimed at locals and visitors alike. With maps to striking buildings designed by Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, Tengo Kanze and more, the book is edited by Naomi Pollock and features photography by Jimmy Cohrssen. Price is in Euros.
These minimal cotton-blend socks are a sophisticated ode to the brand Blue Blue Japan’s homeland. With a red dot knitted into the fabric, these calf-high socks make a subtle but expressive reference to the island nation’s flag.
Made in both upstate New York and Brooklyn, from super-soft Shibori indigo-dyed cotton, each of these T-shirts looks a little different. Every one, however, is adorned with a bright orange version of the familiar DFA Records lightning bolt logo. They’re available in adult and kid sizes.
Rikumo’s Field Good Trowel is ergonomic, lightweight and sturdy—thanks to its clever design and tough polyurethane-coated steel. Also available in white, black or gold, each piece is crafted in Niigata (in Japan’s Chūbu region), which is known for its metalworking history.
Made by the 100-year-old Japanese wood-turning company Gato Mikio, this minimal canister is intended to hold tea (up to about 100g of loose leaves) but it can store just about anything that’s size appropriate. Composed of Cherry Birch, each vessel is carefully produced by hand in the Ishikawa Prefecture.
Made for kids, Gentemstick’s Snowripper 146 board is based on the adult-sized Flying Carpet, but offers plenty of float for learners. The brand approaches snowboarding product design from a philosophical, lifestyle angle, and that’s evident here in its progressive Flat Camber system. Price is in Japanese yen.
Made from semi-lead crystal (a harmless material that stands out for its color-retention and shine), this two-piece carafe set is as design-forward as it is functional. Available in clear, blue or gray, each set is handmade by Toyo Sasaki—a well respected company with history dating back to 1888.
This 13-inch postal case from Human Made is just the right size for a laptop or some valuables you’d rather not misplace—a phone, passport, wallet or a tablet. Though it looks like a standard-issue postal envelope, this one is made from 100% polyester, has a velcro seal and a bright orange padded interior. Price is in Japanese Yen.
Japan: The Cookbook includes 400 recipes from one of the world’s most respected food cultures—written and collected by food writer Nancy Singleton Hachisu. At almost 500 pages, the book is expansive and sprawls from first to last course by region. Ultimately, the collection forms a comprehensive guide to the nation’s brilliant culinary history.
Buaisou’s handmade indigo garments, cloths and tapestries have an undeniable uniqueness. Slight variations in color (thanks to the dyeing process, washes and fading) only add to their character. This apron, made from 52% cotton and 48% linen, is lightweight but durable. The cross-back button straps reduce strain and a pouch pocket offers reinforced storage.
Japan’s POPEYE magazine—a clever cultural aggregate—does a great job at encapsulating city life and travel through the lens of street culture. The September 2018 issue focuses on burgers and fast food—featuring several spots in Tokyo, a vending machine in the countryside of Eastern Japan, a burger stand in Hawaii, and much more.
Composed of micro-polyester taffeta with a water-repellent coating, Nanamica’s wind cap can successful handle the elements. It’s the vibrant yellow colorway that truly stands out from others in this category. From Japan’s Nanamica, the cap’s details—six-panel construction, embroidery, adjustable strap—all demonstrate superb attention to detail.