Friday, January 05, 2007

amazing find: utsuwa-no-yakata

The Pacific Mall in Markham (on the NE corner of Steeles and Kennedy) is known to many as a haven for flashy-trashy-guilty-pleasure shopping for Asian import fashion, electronics, and, er, illicitly reproduced dvds. Recently a friend tipped me off to the Japanese tableware shop on the 2nd floor (where the food courts are located) and man, am I glad he did.

Utsuwa-No-Yakata ('House of Pottery' in Japanese) is filled with gorgeous ceramics and pottery imported from a variety of artisan towns around Japan. You'll find high-end ikebana (flower arrangement) vases and tea sets, and everyday noodle bowls, plates, and little sauce containers at affordable prices. Japanese snacks and lucky kitty dolls and the like are also available here. There are a handful of places around town that sell this kind of stuff, but never have I seen a huge selection in one place. Go now! It's worth the trip to Markham.

utsuwa vase

utsuwa tea cups

utsuwa serving bowl

utsuwa sake set

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way to get there by transit? The stuff looks fabulous

12:06 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

I'm not the best at reading maps, so please double check, but according to the TTC ride guide (
you can get there a couple of ways by transit:

TTC - from Finch station take a 53A or B bus northbound to Steeles. It turns eastward on Steeles and will take you to Kennedy.

Go Transit - take the Go train north from Kennedy station to Milliken station (which drops you off right at Kennedy and Steeles).

10:23 a.m.  

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