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Java sparrows and their friends at Ikebukuro Tokyu Hands

"Java sparrows and their friends" is the name of a new popup market showcasing adorable bird-themed pottery, towels, stationery, jewelry, and other household goods and crafts. The market is set up on the first floor of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro and will run through the end of May.

This is the second in a series of bird-related popup events at Tokyu Hands, following their very popular "Parakeets and Their Friends" market back in January. Bird-shaped cakes and cookies from Omotesando's Kotori Cafe ("Small-bird cafe") will also be available, and custom-made bird-shaped rings can be ordered on May 16 and 23.

Images: Tokyu Hands
via Netlab

Whimsical Whale Paper Knife from Shikoku Blacksmith Forge
This charming paper knife takes the form of a friendly Bryde's whale, a species of baleen whale. The whale's lower jaw forms the blade, while its front flipper makes a sturdy thumb rest and its curved body fits snugly in the palm of the hand.

In addition to looking great on a desk, it makes a handy penknife, pencil sharpener, letter opener, craft or carpentry knife, and it's suitable for both left- and right-handed users..

Tosa Hokubo (the regional name for 'forge') is the brand name of a group of blacksmiths in Kochi Prefecture, on Shikoku Island. For 400 years, Kochi metalworkers have been honing their skills on tools, swords and cutlery. Each handmade blade embodies the tradition and history of centuries of forging and tempering technology.

The whale paper knife was originally conceived as a cute design for the blacksmith's children, but has proved popular with users of all ages.

Size: Approx. 7 inches (18cm); blade 2.5 inches (6.5 cm)
PRICE: US$34, €30
Shipping: $12
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