Vol. 61 Zoshigaya Tezukuri-ichi

Weekends, days you get off from what most of us get caught up with, many people rest easy to reset their mind by spending their time with themselves or just to hang out with their friends to stay away from reality that they encounter on weekdays. I personally happened not to have days like that, rather I would spend these days for seeking what is going on in Japan to broadcast so that world can get to know there is always something interesting happening here in the center of Japan, Tokyo.
I have been spending most of my time craving for something to write about these days. There seems to be nowhere or nothing that gets me think weekends are bored just to sit on my ass to be lazy and watching Netflix, biased thought for sure toward western people but you folks might understand what this is about because I was lucky enough to do the same thing over and over again when I was in the states.
It’s always amazing and fascinating to lie down at your couch and watch your favorite drama or movie, however if you happen to live around Tokyo, spending your time doing so might be a little too laid-back. You might want to get yourself out of your favorite place to see what can be offered to you.
Zoushigaya tezukuri-ichi (雑司ヶ谷 手創り市) might be one of thing that get you hyped just to visit and meet local crafter where people and history of Japan get together in the shrine.


Started in October 2006, located at shrine called Kishi Mojin do (鬼子母神堂) closest well-known station would be Ikebukuro (池袋), almost ten years of history with its existence offer us to check out some emerging young crafter to experienced senior master of making leather, wooden plate ware. Consistently keeping up with their local market for a long time providing craters to set up their own booth to showcase their creation. This place would be the first actual platform for newly born amateur crafter, passing point to grow and spread their art pieces, or this platform might be the last resort for them to display their creativity with their root.


At the place, I went there right after its opening so there were not so many people trying to take a look at what has to be offered. Still, booths are ready to show their own creation side by side to help each other talking about their pieces with customers, chatting each other to share their own story.

One booth that drew my attention was this bunch of incense sticks. Folks names mek&jirra, natural, organic material-made incense plus actual ones for the dead based on Japanese traditional method from Buddhism.
Scent was meant to use as a protector from the evil, exorcizing method as well as tools for the timing. They express themselves with concepts of how their product can emerge into the lifestyle that each of us embraces. They put themselves into creating their organic scent with a philosophy of the mass, the comfort, and the lifestyle. 
I bought a testing kit of each scent stick just to give a shot and all of them are amazing. Each of them has a natural, yet stimulating scent that gives you a feeling of soaking in the forest, sweet and little bitter scent of cinnamon to spice you up a little bit. I am huge fan of incense myself so I just was really glad to buy their product.

In the middle of the shrine, there is one really old Japanese mom-and-pop candy store that originated in more than 200 years ago. There was a time when I used to go to place like this all the f*cking time to just buys cheap candy with 100 yen in my hand. I challenged myself for how many kinds of candy or snack I can purchase with small amount of money that I carry in my pocket. These kinds of Japanese snack have all of my little kid’s memories in them. I could not find my favorite one but I bought as if I was one of those who are rich enough to choose whatever without even checking out a price of each.


Local community involved, with a sound of locust like a wave of noise shrilling as if they sing a chorus, almost as though being out there gave me the chill to see the combination of people getting together. Also history remains so stately that generations of people have been participating in this type of community-oriented showground for a long time to appreciate how community is important. Being out there also taught me or I would say gave me an idea for appreciating your own roots and probably I could do something about my hometown someday.




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