Hanakago Ishihara (はなかご石原), situated on the street to Daibutsu, sells an assortment of bamboo baskets priced from 800-10,000 yen. Cute little flowers are simply decorated in amber colored baskets. Some are on a single chest of drawers, and some are hanging on a wall. Traditionally, these baskets had been used for various daily necessities for ordinary people. But once distinguished tea master, Rikyu (利休 1522-1591), started to use fisherman’s baskets for his tea ceremony, his followers also began to use them as flower pots in their own tea rooms.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。