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update about the Japan earthquake

Dear friends allover the world,

We appreciate all your kind mails and phone calls and feel sorry to make you worry.
Actually we are far from the areas of destruction and did not suffer any damage.
I am also astonished to look at the TV: they look like images from another country as there was no shake or tsunami in western japan.
Due to overloaded telephone lines I was able to contact our warehouse in Chiba only on sunday morning, 36 hours after the quake. The tremblor was strong but fortunately no damage to people and equipment.

Now the nuclear emergency is giving some serious concern.
I cannot be optimistic but there is no point in panicking and I am trying to collect unbiased data and act rationally. I am sharing some thoughts and founds on my facebook profile.

About the work, we are fully operational, all our material is safely stocked inside and we are at your disposal for any question. Actually, we try to keep busy to counteract the hypnotic effect of the round the clock TV news…!

Lastly, let me share with you the link to some donation sites.
These people lost family, property, work. At least let`s return them some hope.

hinoki tub installed in Seattle

We just received the beautiful pictures and kind comment of a client from the West Coast:


Happy New Year! I hope that all is going well for you in Japan.
Here are a few photos of our hinoki tub installed. It is a joy to use!!! Now you need to make a journey to this part of the world to see it in person!
Thank you so much to you, Wada-san, and anyone else who assisted in making or getting it ready to ship. It was a long journey to get it in place and I am very happy we did it.
All my best,
J.


To hear that the client is satisfied and enjoying the tub is is for us the most important thing and is the source of more energy and enthusiasm in continuing our mission of introducing the art of japanese soaking baths Worldwide!

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Warm shoulders outlet tub – sold out –

sorry, sold out!
Days are shortening and nights are getting colder…
To warm up the body till the core of the bones, nothing can beat a relaxing bath in hot water.
But if you are looking for an even deeper pleasure…
then you should try a japanese deep soaking tub.

Here we are presenting a lovely outlet tub. Of course it is spotless and brand new. We can offer at a discount price because we used material we had in stock without loss.
The result is a tub compact in size but deeper than the average. Consider that if normally the internal depth for a japanese tub is 550mm, this is 640mm.
You can fill it up and enjoy the hot water around your neck and under your chin…
or you can take advantage of the extra depth as an extra safety, by using it with normal amount of water in situations where you cannot overflow on the floor.

Here are the details:

size: L1200mm x W750mm x H720mm (external
dimensions) 640mm(depth)
quality: knotless natural Asnaro bathtub.

  1. AB grade tub (quarter sawn) : 360,000. JPY
  2. Packaging: 1550x900x900 wood box: 38,000. JPY
  3. Pick up and delivery to Tokyo port or Narita air port: 13,000 JPY

For the payment, we accept Credit cards thru PAYPAL or contact us for wire transfer information to our bank account in Japan.

The tub has a minimalist design, is equipped with a copper apron and the joints are finished with Edo-style copper plates.

Click here: (hot tub drawing) to download it in acrobat format.

interior of the tub.

decorative and artistic kumiko shoji

Take a look at these works of art!
(click on each picture for an enlarged view.)
The “kumiko shoji” possess the geometric harmony of a moroccan lattice-work and the wit and non casual irregularities proper of the most refined japanese court culture.
Feel free to let us know your requirements (pattern, sizes) for your custom shoji!

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romantic autumn outlet tub – sold out –

sorry, sold out!

In few weeks, leaves will start to change color.
I guess you already started craving for refreshing walks in the park, the creeping sound of the first fire and … long soaks in a soothing wooden bathtub.

Well, your wish must have been heard: we have a perfect outlet tub to enjoy a romantic winter: wide, deep and with an intense yet delicate scent.

The wood is spotless 250 year old hinoki, from the kiso-valley.
Length is comfortable to stretch your legs and the tub is slightly deeper than normal to enjoy the full-immersion felling… The tub is OK for 2 users together (family or couple)

Here are the details:

size: L1400mm x W750mm x H670mm (external
dimensions) 590mm(depth)
quality: knotless natural Hinoki bathtub.

  1. AB grade tub (quarter sawn) : 585,000. JPY
  2. Packaging: 1550x900x900 wood box: 40,000. JPY
  3. Pick up and delivery to Tokyo port or Narita air port: 15,000 JPY

For the payment, we accept Credit cards thru PAYPAL or contact us for wire transfer information to our bank account in Japan.

The tub has a sturdy top frame construction, is equipped with a copper apron and the joints are finished with wood dowels.

Click here: (hot tub drawing) to download it in acrobat format.

interior of the tub.

asnaro tub and fusuma paper for india

This time we had the pleasure to deal with an indian gentlemen, japan-lover and japanese sword collector.
This shipment consisted in an Asnaro wood tub AB grade L1370mm x W840mm x H660mm.
We supplied the drain fitting: the client will drill a hole and mount it on site to match exact site conditions.
The tub has a copper apron, wood dowels and the Bartok design Iron brand at front side top-right
Bathroom accessories include Asnaro large bucket, Asnaro ladle with handle and Asnaro-Hiba Oil.

We also supplied a copper rainchain adjusting the length from 2700mm to 3250mm (option).
Then the client choose some fusuma paper designs.
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(see the list af all designs in the left side column menu of the Shitoya site. Names are in japanese so you will have to click all one by one and choose your favourite… )
We purchased it and shipped together, (charging a commission for the order, local shipping and glue/tools).

It is really exciting to work side by side with our clients thousands of miles away!

american size outlet hot tub (sold out)

sorry, sold out!
New outlet tub large and cheap!
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Recently we presented several compact size hot tubs in a row. Time to go for a larger size, a tub comfortable for 6ft. tall westerner.
Usually large tubs, also because need a top frame construction, involve an higher price tag. Anyway this time we really kept it reasonable. 5000 US$ for this size is really a deal!
Here are the details:
size: L1500mm x W805mm x H650mm (external
dimensions) 565mm(depth)
quality: knotless natural Asnaro bathtub.
1) AB grade tub (quarter sawn) : 480,000. JPY
2) Packaging: 1650x980x850 wood box: 44,000. JPY
For the payment, we accept Credit cards thru PAYPAL or contact us for wire transfer information to our bank account in Japan.
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The tub is “copper bottomed” and finished with wood dowels.
Click here: (hot tub drawing) to download it in acrobat format.
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interior of the tub.

shoji doors for spain!

shoji doors

We build and shipped some custom size shoji doors made in “sugi” pine wood. sizes are 1238mm x H 2200 for one door and 950mm x H 2200 for another opening. (normal shojis are in the range of 900mm for the width and 1800-2000mm for the height.)

We also provided overhead rail floor rails and jambs made in hinoki gluelam (it is safer than solid wood as it does not warp or bend)

We supplied the shoji paper and glue/spackle separately as paper is easily damaged by humidity during the ocean freight. Inside the container the temperature tends to be very high, and paper will stretch and wrinkle if it is already attached on the shoji frame.

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virtual 3D showroom

We know that rather than the cold buttons of the mouse, you prefer the delicate touch of the cherry blossoms falling on your hair.
Anyway, if you are far from japan and missing its onsen, its cozy ryokan with mystical stone gardens shining with the moonlight, we hope you will enjoy this 3D walkthru simulation.
If you like it, write a comment!

You can actually walk inside this virtual japanese room (and take a relaxing bath in our ofuro, of course!)
1) You need to use Internet Explorer (sorry, does not work for other browsers)
2) Download the Power sketch viewer plugin from “Magic Hour Co.”. Click the Icon.
3) Access the 3D file. virtual-showroom3d.php

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You can jump to the saved views with the buttons in the control bar or just press the mouse left button and slowly glide thru the garden…
(Yes, there is also a toilet behind the fusuma doors in case you cannot contain your surprise…)
I hope this can be a hint if you are considering a japanese atmosphere for your home extension.

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