Blending ancient Japanese with Californian styles and, in this instance, the result is loose-fitting, but architectural pants. Made from 100% ripstop cotton, the Zouhiki pants are a combination of Momohiki and Zouave styles. Available in three sizes, the silhouette is highlighted by the tie-waist and loose pleats.
Across 300+ pages, garden designer Sophie Walker explores the magic of the Japanese Garden—from 800 years of history to the various aesthetics and philosophies incorporated. Undeniably, the Japanese garden is an art form of its own, and a living one. This book features 100 examples—with accompanying essays and notes by artists, architects and more.
Shaped like a freshwater bream, this Welcome Soap is moulded with a Kashigata, and replicates the popular fish-shaped Taiyaki cake. Available in three colors, each one boasts a different fragrance: red is pomegranate, white is lily blossom, and black is brown sugar. With lovely, minimal packaging, this soap-on-a-rope is made in Japan.
With the filter built into the lid and a body made heat-resistant glass, this teapot is foolproof. Included in this set are two green teas—Sencha Unro and Gokujo Genmaicha—which can be brewed for a single cup or a big batch. Appropriate for teabags or loose-leaf, this 750ml pot will elevate tea time.
Made in the very same factory that manufactures caps for major league Japanese baseball teams, Poten’s caps are crafted from unexpected fabrics—like this lush velvet iteration. A soft, treated cowhide sweatband complements the 100% rayon velvet body, which comes in three sizes and elevates the entire concept of a baseball cap.
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.