kitchen cabinets, clothing chests, merchant chests, tea cabinets, futon cabinets tables


boxes and small things

kado ya bunbougu

cards & stationery


traditional clothing & fabrics


Here are some fequently asked questions (faq) that may help with more general information on the furniture, clothing and fabrics featured on our web site.

How old is the furniture?

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The furniture featured on our web site ranges from the late Edo period (1850s) to the late Showa period (1960s). Predominantly, the pieces of furniture featured are from the Meiji (1868-1912) through the Taisho (1912-1926) and into the early to mid Showa (1926-1950s) jidai. Each piece of furniture featured has a short description with an approximate date given.

Japanese traditional furniture is still made in Japan today but as Japanese woods are in short supply and the pieces need to be made by hand using many different wood working tools, new pieces are extremely expensive. We don't feature any new pieces of Japanese  traditional furniture. What you see is old, from Japan and is what you get! 

If you are interested in traditional Japanese furniture, the best way to check what is original and what you are looking at, is to do your own research. There are many excellent books available on collecting Japanese furniture. The give away is that it is likely that the wood will be Japanese if the furniture is. 


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How do I clean my furniture?

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The best way to care for Japanese traditional wooden furniture is to use beeswax to clean and protect it, just when needed. A little will go a long way. Keep the furniture out of the sun, if possible, as our Australian climate is predominantly much drier and less humid than the climate in Japan. Please do not use any silicon based furniture polishes on Japanese traditional furniture as the wood cannot "breathe" and silicon polishes attract dust.

If your piece of furniture is lacquered, the best way to care for it is to wipe the furniture with a soft damp cloth and keep it out of the sun. 

As your piece of furniture has a history it will not be perfect. Your piece will have a patina, which is what happens during the life of a piece of old furniture; daily use by previous (Japanese) owners. This patina is to be treasured, it means your piece of Japanese furniture has character and is unique. We endeavour to preserve the patina of a piece Japanese furniture.

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Can I exchange my furniture or kimono?

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Our traditional Japanese furniture and clothing pieces are old and this means that each piece of furniture and each piece of traditional clothing will have imperfections. It also means that there is not another piece exactly like it!  The pieces on our website are not new or mass produced, so please choose carefully. 

We offer a 14 day exchange or refund on most furniture or kimono, provided the piece is in the same condition as when purchased, you have your receipt and you pay all freight or postal costs.  Sorry, we do not exchange (or offer refunds for) old lacquer ware, very old kimono and fabrics, dolls, clocks, masks, calligraphy, calligraphy screens, standing screens, tea chests, scrolls, paintings, artworks or old ceramics. These pieces are fragile and damage easily in shipping. Please contact up directly if you wish to exchange a piece you have purchased from us.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for our Refund and Exchange policy.

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