What is Zakka?
As we're getting closer to launching the Zakka Kit (our new stationery subscription), you may be wondering what "Zakka" actually is?
History of Zakka
This charming Japanese word became popular in the 1940's onwards and refers to any well-designed miscellaneous object that makes your daily life better and more beautiful. Isn't it a great word?! Zakka style usually has a vintage feel, inspired by Showa era Japan with European influences.
Zakka is such a huge part of Japanese culture. Tiny Japanese apartments are usually crammed full of trendy Zakka bought at various Zakka-ya (Zakka stores) around Tokyo and other parts of Japan. Zakka shops are common in Tokyo neighbourhoods such as Shibuya, Nakameguro, Daikanyama, Nishi-Ogikubo, Kichijoji, Sendagi and more.
What kinds of things can be Zakka? All kinds of stationery, as well as other small goods like art prints, daruma, ceramics, maneki-neko, kitchen items, kokeshi, decorations, mini plants etc...
What are your favourite Zakka?