Future bride’s household articles
When you hear of a bride’s household articles, what comes to your mind?
In the past, a bride’s household articles would include a big chest of drawers made from paulownia, a gorgeous mirror stand, a set of bedding including some for any guests, cupboards to store all the dishes and cutlery for guests, etc, etc. There was an era when lavish and more numerous household articles were thought to be better, but this is not so familiar to our generation.
‘A bride’s household articles’ as traditional marriage rituals are hard to match with today’s lifestyles. However, if you choose a washing machine or refrigerator as the articles or you don’t prepare any articles, it will be somewhat dry. It is, after all, something that should happen only once in a person’s life. On this occasion why wouldn’t you select desired handicrafts that you can call “something that will last a lifetime”?
Not getting too caught up in the rituals, here are a selection of bride’s household articles that you might desire, want to give, and buy from an unpretentious viewpoint.
Happiness is to eat hot food with a loved one.
【 Ohitsu (a traditional Japanese rice warmer) magewappa (bento box or a traditional wooden craftwork) in Odate city, Akita 】
“Happy is a warm puppy” is a famous quote from the Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts comic known as Snoopy, but part of the happiness of marriage and having a family is to eat a warm meal with a loved one, isn’t it? Steaming fresh cooked rice on its own seems to be a symbol of happiness.
Before the electric rice cooker was invented, a tool to keep tasty cooked rice stored for longer was born, and that was the Ohitsu.
Cooked rice will cool down due to the breathing of the wood and shed excess moisture so that stickiness can be avoided, it will keep warm even after the lapse of time. It also seems to have a moisture retention property. The straight wood grain of natural Akita cedar and white cooked rice are also pleasing to the eye.
“I hope my customers will use this for 50 years”, says Mr Shunji Kurimori, of the sixth generation of Magewappa makers Kurikyu in Odate city, Akita Prefecture. 50 years from now, hoping to spend time with tasty cooked rice.
Your partners for cooking are the three basic knives.
【 All-purpose kitchen knife, petty knife and bread knife 】
It is quite difficult to decide when to replace a knife because they are not so easy to break, but when making the new start in life called marriage, why don’t you have new partners for the cooking that will come with spending time together?
At Hocho-Kobo Tadafusa knife shop in a falconry town in Sanjyo city, Niigata Prefecture, the basic three knives are available. The basic three knives are the three pieces selected from the viewpoint of “If you have only these, that is enough” in an ordinary home kitchen.
An all-purpose kitchen knife, also called a Santoku knife is for all purposes as the name suggests, a petty knife which is easy for use in rounding off the corners of vegetables or cutting fruits, and a bread knife which is known to be breadcrumb-free and has now become popular, they are trustworthy even for beginner cooks.
With the unique Hocho-Kobo Tadafusa’s name engraving service, you can have your own personal knife. The name engraving is done by hand and each craftsman produces a different texture which also offers a distinctive quality. When your name is on the knife, you will intrinsically feel an attachment to it, and it is quite strange that you feel like you are a good cook. Sometimes it is not bad to start with the looks, is it?
As your cooking skills improve, it would be fun to choose the next one that matches your progress.
If you have a real one, you don’t need to be afraid of ceremonial occasions.
【 Pearl jewellery of Ise-shima 】
There is a saying, “Not only a couple but also families are to get married”, as the number of family members increase so naturally the number of ceremonial occasions will increase also. It may be forgotten but pearl jewellery will be needed for these. Pearls are one of the items an independent lady who has a family desires to have so that she may remain calm at a moment’s notice.
When we hear the word ‘pearl’ what springs to mind are round white pearls. Akoya pearls are also known as ‘wadama (Japanese pearl)’, they are formed in the shell of a 5 to 10-centimeter pearl oyster when a small stone or grit becomes lodged in the oyster and is covered in layers of mother-of-pearl.
There is a wide selection of jewellery using natural pearls at Matsui Pearl Shop, the first shop specializing in pearls in Ise-shima, one of the main pearl production areas in Japan. Traditional and simply designed they define the beauty of pearls themselves and any women would be attracted to that beauty.
Ohitsu（3 go/0.18L・Shallow type）
Basic three knives/Next one
Matsui Pearl Shop
Pearl necklace/Pearl earrings