Hi! I'm Maya. I am so excited to announce the launch of b. benten, the online shop for the artisan made wares and everyday tools from Japan. If you are passionate about design, pottery, food, art or travel, we are glad you are here.
The shop is still under construction, but we are starting to take pre-orders May 11. We are constantly (and frantically) adding new items and working on creating blog content, so please check back in with us frequently.
b. benten is about the works of art that you can use every day. We treasure small but perfect moments in everyday life. We offer exquisitely crafted goods for the home. If you are a true coffee lover, it is important to celebrate your caffeine moments with a Barista-esque brewing device and a perfect vessel. If you love to cook, a great kitchen knife can make you feel like a Michelin star chef... and beautiful plates or bowls make your meal look and taste better.
Sure we love Ikea and Flying Tiger too, but there is something so special about the handmade items. Some of them have a long lead time. Some of them cost more than what you were hoping to pay. But when daily life objects are toiled over, you treat them with care, and it helps change the perception of common tools - its use and its value.
The work produced in Japan has a worldwide reputation for technical precision, material obsession, and thousands of year of careful refinement. You probably have seen "Chef's Table", "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" or "Anthony Bourdain's Japanese adventure" (If you haven't, please do). It is absolutely impressive to see the dedication, knowledge and pride in the chef's work. It is the same level of dedication and pride these artists and artisans have for their works at our shop. Their craftsmanship and spirit are incredible.
It has been impossible to purchase our favorite artisan's work outside of Japan. So we are ready to chase them, attend their exhibitions all over Japan and hunt the items down that we've always yearned for.
Hope you will love the designs and quality of our selected items as much as we do.