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Cute Japanese Wind Chime, Furin By Pinky Toky
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Furin is the term for Japanese wind bell. It has a clapper with a string and a rectangular card. It is a standard feature of summer in Japan. The furin is a very nice and beautiful adornment for our... More > homes. With so many colours, shapes and designs to choose from, it makes a great gift too for any occasion.< Less
What Is Maneki Neko? By Pinky Toky
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Have you ever come across a cat figurine with a raised paw? That is the Maneki Neko, Japanese fortune cat. It is a popular symbol of good luck, prosperity and success. Its unique appearance and... More > beckoning gesture has certain significance.< Less
Japanese Good Luck Symbol Tanuki By Pinky Toky
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A pudgy ceramic statue is often seen displayed at the entrance of Japanese noodle shops and restaurants. It has a happy smiling face, with a goofy expression. This statue is known as... More > ‘tanuki’. Originally portrayed as an evil and mischievous animal trickster in the early centuries, tanuki has since evolved into a cute Japanese icon of wealth and luck.< Less
Popular Plants for Chinese New Year By Pinky Toky
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The Chinese have a fine selection of plants that are used as symbolic decoration items during festive seasons. Popular auspicious plants to usher in the Chinese New Year include kumquat, pussy... More > willow, golden money plant, money tree, lucky bamboo, etc.< Less
Unique Gifts for Christmas & Other Occasions By Pinky Toky
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Very often we run out of ideas as to what gifts to buy for Christmas or for other occasions. Surprise your loved ones and friends by giving them something unusual as presents for Christmas,... More > birthdays, or for other occasions.< Less
Introduction to Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arrangement By Pinky Toky
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Ikebana is one of the most distinct arts in Japanese culture. It is a floral art created seven centuries ago. A creative expression but has to conform to prescribed rules and the specific ways that... More > materials can be combined. Ikebana patterns and styles have evolved into many different styles of arrangement over the centuries.< Less
Popular Miniature Carvings Collectibles: Netsuke By Pinky Toky
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Netsuke refers to the Japanese miniature sculptures created in the Edo era. It became a very popular collectible in Europe since mid-19th century.
Hong Tou Jin Samsui Women of Singapore By Pinky Toky
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In the early twentieth century, women from Samsui, China, came to Singapore in search of jobs. Most of them worked at construction sites and had contributed significantly to the construction... More > industry in Singapore. As the Samsui women were always adorned with their red bandana while working in the construction sites, they came to be known as “Hong Tou Jin”, which means red head-scarf.< Less
Unique Gifts for Christmas & Other Occasions By Pinky Toky
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Having gone through so many Christmas seasons and other celebratory occasions, many of us would have run out of gift ideas. This book introduces to you some interesting stuff that make beautiful... More > gifts for all occasions. Surprise your loved ones and friends with something special for this coming Christmas or for their birthdays and other happy events.< Less
Floral Tattoos: Flower Meanings & Sentiments By Pinky Toky
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Having a floral tattoo is a way of expressing yourself using the Language of Flowers. There are several hundreds kinds of flowers that can be used for tattoo designs, such as the poeny, cherry... More > blossom, rose, carnations, etc. However, it is advisable to find out all the possible hidden meanings of a certain flower before deciding on the floral design to be used.< Less