I will be on maternity leave from around the 10th of June. I am going to return to work as soon as possible but there is a possibility of delays in shipping and replying of messages around the date. If time is of the essence, please contact us first if you want to purchase our inventory. We are sorry for any inconvenience and kindly ask for your understanding. Thank you!
During the Edo period, people celebrated the healthy growth of boys, when a Shogun had a new born boy. The origin of this tradition can be traced back to the Chinese traditional holiday which was celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month. In the new Gregorian calendar this is now observed on the 5th of May and marks the beginning of summer.
The Boys’ Festival is called “Tango no sekku”. In 1948, after the World War Two, Tango no sekku was renamed Kodomo no hi which means Children’s Day. However, people still use both “Kodomo no hi” and “Tango no sekku“.
In China, the carp symbolises success in life. During this occasion, Japanese people flew paper or cloth flags in the form of carp on house roofs to wish the boys a successful life. Black carp represents boys while smaller red carp are used for girls on the 3rd of March in a Girls’ Festival (Hinamatsuri).
People also wore or displayed Japanese armour, helmets or Musha ningyo (Warrior dolls) in the house, wishing for the boys to grow to be strong and wise. Iris and Atermisia leaves are hung in doorways to ward off evil spirits.
I am Shizu Araki, the proprietor of Antiques ARAKI. We deal with quality antiques from Japan in Australia. The last few months has seen a lot of changes as we moved and redesigned our website: www.antiquesaraki.com . We are slowly getting there as it’s still under construction but I’d like to restart my blog now to keep you informed and bring you interesting news.
Our items are mostly sourced from Japan, and we specialise in Japanese antiques, although some of them have origins from Europe, China and other parts of the world. I had hoped that you’d also enjoy them in Australia, so in 2016 I began to sell them at antique fairs across the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and other parts of South-East Queensland.
I have many great memories of the time, where I could meet a lot of Australian antique fans face-to-face and make friends with the other dealers at the fairs.
However, recently, I began to feel the limitations of antique fairs, and made the decision to focus our business efforts online as of the first half of this year. This allows us to expand our reach to customers around Australia and even the world.
That is the reason for the new website, and while it is taking longer than expected to build it to a level I am happy with, we are still listing some items on eBay as usual. I will keep you informed with any exciting new developments to the site as it unfolds.
We hope to receive your continued patronage in the future.