Japan Expo Paris - July 14-17, 2022 Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center

Wabi Sabi: crafts

The Wabi Sabi area at Japan Expo offers an immersion into Japanese tradition thanks to many talented artists! Find on this page the different booths about crafts!

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Traditional Japanese crafts are made up of various media and styles. Pottery, wooden objects, origami or even dolls, come and admire these multiple forms of crafts and leave with arms full of objects, each one more beautiful than the other! See you soon on the Wabi Sabi area of Japan Expo! 

  • FHMO-Designs - Wooden objects: Choose a shape made of different pieces of wood, such as toy cars, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, rabbits, unicorns, and even dinosaurs and cut them out with a small saw, and you can paint them freely with water-based paint (POSCA). You can enjoy making your own original work.
  • Kamakurabori SanSuiDo - Kamakura wooden objects: Kamakura-bori is an art passed down for 800 years. It is a special lacquer that embodies the culture of samurai and Zen. The katsura tree is the basic material from which various shapes and objects are carved, and many layers of lacquer are applied. The more you use it, the more unique the texture of the brown lacquer will be.
  • Kyoko Kashimura - Pottery: Pottery with a soft design made in a small town called Shirosato-cho in the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture. The motif is the transition of the four seasons and the natural landscape. It is a tableware that fits into your daily life and is easy to use.
  • Pupu - Fabric doll and embroidery: Find knitted "amigurumi" items as well as fashion items for children. You can admire animals such as rabbits and bears delicately made with beautiful colours, and various fairy tale characters as motifs.
  • Tagu Doll - Kimono dolls: Kimono dolls are about 12 cm high. The body is made of coffee and coloured leaves. Most of the body parts are hand-sewn to the kimono. The faces are also painted and sewn by hand. These kimono dolls with Japanese motifs, which can be considered a symbol of Japanese culture!
  • Gentsuki Ra-men - Origami: Stationery items such as folding fans, mini notebooks and postcards made from chiyogami paper.
  • Tamaru Inbou - Stamps (Hanko): Hanko is a stamp used for signing. These stamps are designed and made on a shop established in Kyoto for 100 years! A wide variety of stamps are sold there. They are handmade and full of different personalities!
  • AAA_chan - Hariko Modern Style: Find stationery items such as transparent binders and postcards, tote bags, T-shirts and artworks, as well as papier mache, which is a traditional Japanese crafts.
  • Teamiya merry-100% - Amulets: Each traditional Japanese pattern is filled with wishes and prayers. Teamiya merry knits a cord-like amulet bag that can hold valuable things. It is a beautiful work with colourful patterns.
  • Japan Coffee Festival - Coffee items: Japanese coffee culture is about serving coffee to customers in front of you, by hand, one cup at a time. Experience Japanese craftsmanship that changes the brewing method to suit the customer. They offer a variety of kitchen items related to coffee and tasting.
  • Gokuraku Fine Art - Japanese Style Stickers: Based in Tokyo, they create a new style of art that reinterprets Japanese traditions and culture with the theme of "super chaos". Items such as stickers and masks with avant-garde designs will be on display.
  • Kyoto Ikijo Project - Tsumami-Zaiku Items: A photo frame about button art, a traditional Japanese craft by designer Keiko TAKAGI, or a biscuit with a traditional pattern produced by Kosui KOIKI: all these creations can be found at the Kyoto Ikijo Project booth.
  • Yayoigama - Pottery: Original pottery plates and cups, especially the incense tea burner, are very popular items. If you put Japanese tea leaves in a burner and heat them with a candle, the smell of tea will ensense you! Come and admire Yayoi Kiln's works at Japan Expo.
  • Emi Onodera - Shimenawa Accessories: Living in Fukushima, this artist senses the beauty of nature and the four seasons, and makes shimenawa (sacred rope) based on these ideas. The beautiful and elegant design of shimenawa will add colour to your everyday life!
  • Kyoko - Glass Craft: Gifted in Japanese designs and having made "Japanese style stained glass", Kyoko mainly creates large format panels. This time he is trying his hand at small works such as sun catchers, accessory trays and magnets. Come and discover the fusion of Japanese art and beautiful stained glass!
  • Nekomarudou - Pottery: Hasami tableware, a traditional Japanese craft, is cat-shaped pottery made by a traditional Hasami tableware maker. Discover plates, soup cups and other handmade items mixing cats and traditional Japanese motifs!
  • Mariko Tsuruta - Dolls: Making animals, Japanese clay figurines, kappas and more... Find works made with buttons as talisman! Japanese Kacho Fugetsu and prayers are expressed in a unique work.
  • Hikari Toys - Dolls: Creator of toys "Hikari Toys". Find dolls centered on a vinyl work "the kaiju girl". Do not hesitate to come and see them!
  • Haru's Handmade - Mizuhiki Accessories: In Dublin, this artist created his own work using Mizuhiki. He was deeply impressed by the beauty of the Celtic patterns and amazed at its similarity to Japanese Mizuhiki designs. The aim is to create works that combine those two crafts.
  • Hiro's fakesweets café Hiromi Honda - Sample food (plastic): Sale of accessories, objects, stationeries and other Japanese handicrafts on the themed of KAWAII "Fake Sweets". Fruits and sweets look delicious, but are not to eat ! They will bring surprise to your daily life.
  • Rica Mizuhiki art - Mizuhiki craft: Mizuhiki, a Japanese culture with the meaning of "connecting people". Thin pieces of paper thread are connected, gathered and knotted to create various shapes. At their booth you can find accessories such as Mizuhiki brooches, pendants and flowers.
  • Japanese Kanji Calendar-Koyomi - Calendars / Postcards: Wouldn't it be easier to learn about traditional Japanese calligraphy by enjoying it everyday? The Japanese kanji calendar "koyomi" is made for you! You can learn 365 kanjis a year to discover the different meanings, uses and feelings.


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