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Antique Machiya Woven Flower Basket


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A woven basket traditionally found in machiya houses and used during festivals as well as for ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers.

H43.5 x W15cm


When I wasn't in business meetings during my Japan trip I was in markets shopping for antiques and inspiration. Here is something I brought back with me.

Nara is a pretty and sleepy town where the locals will direct you to the best shopping locations. Down a tiny street filled with machiya houses and maple trees, we told to look out for the little A-frame sign. Once we saw it, we knew this little shop would be packed of antique goodness. We found porcelain painted plates, wicker baskets and miso bowls - the selection this older gentleman had was old worldly but well curated. The only downfall was that it was 38C and pure humidity and we were on foot - we couldn't physically carry anymore than a couple of paper bags worth, which makes what we bought even more special.


Nara, Japan
34.6994° N, 135.8464° E

Nara is the capital of Japan's Nara Prefecture, in south-central Honshu. The city has significant temples and artwork dating to the 8th century, when it was Japan's capital. Deer roam in Nara Park, site of Tōdai-ji temple.

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