Archive for October, 2009

11/7/09 Booze+Sushi+Art Show

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

MWJ will be at the Booze, Sushi, and Art Show which will be at Miyabi Sushi Restaurant. Some of our newest art work will be held on exhibition throughout the venue and our t-shirts will be for sale at the bar.  Also, our amazing newcomer Bosshiko will be here from Japan to do a live sumie painting. Entry is free because we love you, so come check us out to love us back!!!


Made with Japan: Booze, Sushi, Art with Bosshiko




21 + Event 

Doors open 10pm

 Miyabi Sushi
16820 South Center Parkway
Tukwila WA 98188
206-575 6815





Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Naoshi Postcards are now available directly from her Etsy store.

Also, check out her website at




Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


“So what exactly are those patterns on the Genjiko design?” I’ve been getting this question quite frequently so here is a brief explanation of our design and some information about those patterns.

Genjiko is an old game of enjoying incense. Our design uses all 54 of the Genji-mon geometrical design patterns which originally symbolized the combinations of the fragrances in the game. When working on this, Seiji Ohta’s concept was to make the pattern look like smoke from burning incense. This was also a good reason to print it a light gray.

Here’s a bit more history behind the Genjiko.

According to an article I found, there are few people in Japan who have a thorough undertanding of the Japanese incense ceremony, Kodo, while at the same time are very familiar with the Genji-mon (Genji Crests) that were assigned to the Chapters of “The Tale of the Genji” by early Incense Masters for the purpose of playing the incense game “Genji-ko.” Genji-ko is one of several “Incense Games.”  The Genji-mon patterns began showing up on the ukiyoe woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603-1867) and many people began to associate the Genji-mon with the original Genji chapters instead of Kodo.

The idea of all of these incense games is to enjoy the process of listening to each fragrant wood. These are not contests but simply methods for enjoying the fragrances and reawakening our sense of smell. There are no winners or losers in Kodo, just the simple elegance of enjoying fine incense.