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TAKUMI JAPAN Coming to Japan Week in NYC March 6 – 8, 2014

 

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Do you live in or around the New York City area? Will you find yourself near Manhattan between March 6th – March 8th 2014? If so you might want to stop by Grand Central Terminal and check out Japan Week. It will be held at the Vanderbilt Hall located inside Grand Central Terminal, near the 42nd street entrance.

What is Japan Week? Japan week is organized by Japan National Tourism and the Japan Tourism Agency – and supported by the General Consulate of Japan in New York – to promote Japanese tourism, cuisine, shopping and culture. The 2014 program will spotlight the unique features of the Japanese culture from the past 100 years up to present day.

During Japan Week there will be exhibits that highlight the latest technology, mouth-watering regional cuisine, traditional arts and even performances. The goal is to provide attendees with a better understanding of Japan and encourage travel to the beautiful country.

One of the exhibits at Japan Week is TAKUMI JAPAN.

What is TAKUMI JAPAN? TAKUMI JAPAN would like to introduce the thriving Japanese small business community to new markets. TAKUMI JAPAN aims to share the tradition, design and craftsmanship of Japanese craftsmen and artists.

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The word “Takumi” literally translates into the word “artisan” in Japanese.

I have never been to Japan, but it’s on my “Bucket List”. My father was stationed in Japan when he was in the military (in Okinawa) as was my uncle. My cousin was born in Japan.

I wish I had it available to me. I have the most beautiful jewelry box that my father brought home from Japan for me when I was a little girl. My grandparents held on to it for me until I was older. It was too beautiful to risk giving it to a small child.

I LOVE that jewelry box. Its the most beautiful jewelry box I have ever seen. Sadly I packed it away when we were supposed to move last year. We ended up not being able to move from our condo, but our “stuff” is all over the place, packed up into dozens of boxes. I THINK my jewelry box is in my father’s basement, but I’m not 100% sure. It can be in our basement storage or our neighbor’s basement storage.

I wish I had a photo of it just so you can see the beautiful design and fine craftsmanship. If you Google “Vintage Black Lacquer Jewelry Box from Japan” you’ll get an idea of how beautiful it is.

I also have a gorgeous porcelain Geisha doll, two smaller porcelain dolls and a beautiful set of realistic dogs (plush – they look so real!) from Japan too. They are all packed away, sad to say.

TAKUMI JAPAN wants to introduce these types of products to a larger market.

TAKUMI JAPAN will have on display for Japan Week unique hand crafted glass, metal and wood products as well as beautiful fabrics and other delightful pieces of art. In addition TAKUMI JAPAN will introduce Japanese designs, flavors, traditions, techniques and other wonderful characteristics unique to the island nation.

If you would like to learn more about TAKUMI JAPAN visit www.TakumiJapan.jp (notice it’s not .com – the site is in English).

For more information about Japan Week visit JapanWeek.us.

If you happen to be in the area during Japan Week don’t forget to stop by Takumi’s booth.

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Kimberly

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.