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Welcome to my blog 雑貨铺!

雑貨 (zakka in Japanese) means “many things”. Zakka encompasses household goods, daily necessities and sundries. It has also come to represent a style of art and craft that is simple, charming, and of Japanese esthetic. Most items in the zakka style are handmade but there are commercial companies that mass produce items in zakka style.

Though zakka could refer to everything and anything that improves your lifestyle, it can be contemporary handicraft. Zakka has been described as “the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane”. It is a self-expression and spirituality. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext.

Zakka shops are plentiful in Japan, and one can easily spend hours inside a small space poring over the array of remarkable things. Way before the zakka trend, I was already fascinated with many things especially handmade craft.

I hope to acquire “the art of seeing the beautiful in the ordinary and mundane”, and to “create” or improvise daily ordinary materials learning from books and/or websites. Also, I want to use up stuff that I hoard over the years :p

I am happy when I read and write blogs about things I’m passionate about and getting inspired.

[Note: 雑貨铺 in Singapore context is a provision shop, which sells sundries and grocery. Sounds similar to zakka but very different in appearance as well as the items sold in the shop. Ironically, while zakka is enjoying a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. Provision shops in Singapore is seeing a declining trend that are disappearing soon.]

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