Travelers’ Treasures / Hari-nezumi no Hari-bako (Small needle box)

Hiro, a sewing products manufacturing company with an 80-year history, presents this porcupine sewing box. Made of paulownia wood, the box is compact, with a width of 80 millimeters, depth of 60 millimeters and 50 millimeter height. It contains a set of sewing tools comprised of needles, thread, scissors and a porcupine pin cushion. One-touch sewing needles make threading easy, and five different colors of threads enable the winding of replacement threads. Traditional Japanese wabasami scissors, at a length of 45 millimeters being Japan’s smallest, offer exceptionally clean cuts. The porcupine pin cushion of wool felt is handmade, so no two are alike.

The box itself is made of paulownia wood and is opened and closed with a sliding lid decorated with Japanese plum, a deeply familiar icon of the local city of Kanazawa.

Likewise, inside the box is a plum-shaped magnet to which needles and the scissors can be affixed. This sewing box may be considered somewhat adorable with its porcupine pin cushion peering out quietly, but with sewing tools selected by professionals, this is the real deal.

Price: ¥4,320

Manufacturer: Hiro in Kanazawa (

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