Happy Donabe Life

Letter from Aomori

September 17, 2019

I got an email message from Oyu-san, a wood craftsman from Hirosaki City in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. His popular Triangle Ichirin Flower Vase has been out of stock for many months, and he said they are now finally complete and ready to ship to LA! So, for those who have been waiting, please stay tuned…they will be back in stock very shortly.

In the email, he included a photo of the vase stands which were just complete for us. Every piece is carefully made by Oyu-san’s hands, so it takes time to finish all our orders. The photo included an apple which is a specialty of Hirosaki, and it’s just coming in season!

I really loved the photo, because I could also see part of his atelier (where everything is made) and it just felt very, very warm. The photo really showed Oyu-san’s kind personality.

He said Aomori is getting much cooler and the autumn has started. He also said the first harvest of this year’s apples are really nice.

Reading his message made me want to visit Hirosaki right away. Part of my blood is actually from Hirosaki City, Aomori, as that’s where my grandfather is from. So, even though I have never lived there, I feel personally connected to this northern most region of the main island of Japan. Aomori is a beautiful region with a lot of nature, and people with very warm hearts.


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