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Shop Local Small Businesses in Japan


Some small businesses in Japan. As a small business we are happy for the support we get and would like to mention a few local businesses in Japan. The saying "Hand made with love" is such a true thing for small businesses. Some of these I (Kaliah, the creator of Sakura Milk Jewelry) have used so I will add my reviews on them for those. My review are own my own and my experience with the shop or business. Helping small businesses and keeping them running is great for our economy. If you happen to buy something from a small business, I highly recommend taking the time to find a place on their site or social media to write them a review. This helps other possible customers get to know them and keeps their small business growing. 

Off On A Whim 

A talented jewelry solder based in Japan, we have actually collaborated with on a collection
"small independent handmade jewelry and gift shop in Japan, with a strong focus on creating heartfelt and meaningful pieces for our customers from nature's gifts." offonawhim.com
My review: Obviously I love off on a whim creations. So much that I asked to collaborate with her! She makes a lot of unique and beautiful jewelry. The rings I got from her are all one of a kind and unique. She soldered and hammered each band. They have a beautiful modern style of matching the gold band with a silver gem cup. I particularly like that this makes me feel confident to mix metals I’m wearing or just feel one of a kind. You can buy the breastmilk ring from us here and you can buy her birthstone rings here   
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Home in Japan

Life Planning, Self-Awareness, and Communication coaching. She is a compassionate and driven coach to help you get where you want to be. "feel at home in Japan, and more importantly, in yourself" homeinjapan.com
(Instagram homeinjapan )
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Fleur and Honey (Photography) 

Ran by a compassionate mother and photographer. Based in Tokyo but usually can travel. fleurandhoney.com
(Instagram fleurandhoney )
My review: She speaks both English and Japanese. It is easy to feel relaxed taking family pictures with her. She is very creative and quick to capture great pictures! Always a pleasure getting photos taken by fleur and honey. 
 
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The Pink Cow 

Open since 2000, a great Mexican food restaurant. They have amazing food from burritos to vegan karage (fried "chicken") They currently have delivery for freezer meals within Japan. I can say from experience it is delicious and so convenient. They have a physical location in Akasaka as well. thepinkcow.com
My review : I ordered some frozen delivery from their website. It even came with heating instructions. Everything is already cooked and just needs heating then it can be ate. The food is delicious! The burritos were fat and so were the chickpea patties. Everything was labeled and well packaged so it could be easily place in the freezer and gotten out when needed. The burrito was oozing with delicious sauce! Best burritos I’ve had in Japan. Highly recommend her shop online or in person! 
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Nuro Crochets

Hand made lovely crochet items. She takes requests too! She does things from hairpins to stuffed animals and dolls. She has Instagram and Facebook. Don’t hesitate to contact her, she’s very friendly! 

My review: I love arranging with nuro crochets to have custom things made. She also creates stunning hand made crochet items. Everything she makes is so beautiful. She goes above and beyond everytime I order with her. This Sakura hairpin is one of my favorites, perfect size to look feminine yet celebrate the Sakura season. The cactus was a custom request made from organic cotton, which was a baby gift for a friend. She uses felt or cotton stitched eyes so it’s safe for children for her stuffed creations. Know someone having a baby? Your child have something they particularly like? This might be the perfect way to give them a really customized one of a kind gift. 
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Katie So Crafty

"Sewn accessories made and ready to order." she does do custom work too.  katiesocrafty.com
(instagram katiesocrafty )
my review: I purchased two bibs from Katie so crafty. One as a gift for a friend who had a baby and one for my own baby. Her fabric options are so beautiful and her sewing is professional. We love our bib and my friend loves hers too! These are pictures after 3 or so months of use! 
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Mamaka Tokyo Lactation Support

A lactation coach and educator. Images are from her blog on her website and Instagram! Both are full of useful information. mamakatokyo.com

(instagram mamakatokyo )
I throughly enjoy following her Instagram account as she is always posting great tips and real life things breastfeeding mothers deal with. The messy and the beautiful. 
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Ornament Designs 

Beautiful hand made ornaments and thorough tutorials! She has been making them for over 25 years. She has multiple ornament tutorials for sale on her Etsy site, and discounts and other special offers on her website! ornamentdesigns.com

my review: I have an ornament made from her when she was still making them herself and it’s so beautiful! (I suspect she may go back to making and selling them in the future) We enjoy hanging it on the tree, it’s among our fanciest ornaments. (pictures below are from her site and Instagram) These would make amazing gifts or decoration. 

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My Body My Pilates

Great Pilates studio and classes based in Tokyo. “My Body My Pilates cares about your health and fitness and wants to help you optimize your movements to efficiently and correctly use your body, strengthening your body to be at your best condition at any age.” 
mybodymypilates.com

my review: I took her prenatal and postnatal classes. I always felt amazing after. At the time Helen was the only instructor but she has such a passion. She is very observant, caring and knowledgeable Pilates teacher. Defiantly would recommend her classes. She offers classes for pretty much everyone and she has equipment too, making her classes for beginners to intermediate. She hand picks all the instructors, so I’m sure they are all just as amazing! 

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Whiskey and Rice 

"Knits made using only natural fibers" (adorable baby/children hats) She has a variety of options and sizes from babies to older kids or even adults!  Visiting her website you may get baby fever with all the gorgeous little ones modeling her creations. These would also make amazing gifts or special something for you or your little one to feel nice and snug during the cooler temps! whiskeyandrice.com
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Prime my body 

Hemp oils to help with anxiety, sleep, and other great benefits. This seller also has a Facebook group for supporting parents in Japan. It is a rich and great community for English speaking mothers to come together and support each other. 

Mom’s hemp, health & happiness community facebook group


We are not connected with these businesses but list some as a gateway for you to learn about. My reviews are honest, done on my own and how I felt about them. Each is run but amazing people who want to make their customers happy. There are so many benefits to shopping local. It invests in the community, the environmental impact is lessened, there is an exclusive unique touch to everything, and much more.