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Rishun / 立春 in Tokyo

Rishun / 立春 in Tokyo

Rishun* / 立春 in Tokyo

February might not be everyone’s idea of the best time to visit Japan, but when work calls, Niwaki’s fearless founder Jake Hobson slips on his travel Takumi work suit (with custom matching ripstop eye mask), tucks passport, an improving book and a camera into his Achi Kochi Tote and off he flies. But it’s not all work, work, work: outside the R&D meetings and trade show Jake found time to indulge in a little tree spotting, and even made friends with a pig. Take 5 mins and travel vicariously through photos and observations from the trip:

Hori Hori with Canvas Sheath

Niwaki Hori Hori + Canvas Sheath: best for bulbs … and almost everything else. Essential.

Niwaki Original Tripod Ladder 8' from Hasegawa, Japan

Niwaki Original Tripod Ladders: peerless quality, stability, manoeuvrability & other '-ilities’ we can’t fit here

Niwaki Golden Spade • Long

Niwaki Golden Spade • Long: even longer (1.1m) … just as stronger!

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs • Right Handed

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs: perfectly balanced Japanese carbon steel pruners

Weeding Hoe • Right Handed

Weeding Hoe: cuts through weeds like a hot knife through butter

Niwaki Sakagen Flower Scissors in Blue

Niwaki Sakagen Flower Scissors: the florists’ favourite

Niwaki Garden Shears

Niwaki Garden Shears: no bells and/or whistles – just high-quality Japanese carbon steel blades and white oak handles

Hinoki Chopping Board

Hinoki Chopping Board: wood is good, especially when it’s a solid slab of Chamaecyparis obtusa



How to videos & more

How to care for your tools, plus other useful and interesting videos.

Lucie in a Kanata


Kanata Knit Cardy

It’s cosy season: available online or join us at Niwaki Chiltern Street to try one for yourself.

Achi kochi canvas tote bag

Achi Kochi Canvas Tote

Achi Kochi Canvas Tote

A superior 12oz paraffin Hanpu canvas tote bag with Himo cord-trimmed handles, pockets galore and buckets of style. Made in Osaka, Japan in limited numbers and available in Sand and Navy online or in-store now.

Hamon Damascus Knife Set Nakiri, Petty, Gyuto Japanese knives

Niwaki Hamon Damascus Knife Set: a trio of world class Japanese knives

Niwaki Joppari Secateurs

Niwaki Joppari Secateurs: serious gear for serious pruning

Niwaki Carbon Knife Mini Santoku 135 (Walnut)

Niwaki Carbon Mini Santoku Japanese kitchen knife

Woolly Hat • Karashi Yellow

Woolly Hat • Karashi Yellow: brighten up your bonce

Niwaki Chiltern Street London shop staff

Niwaki Chiltern Street

Niwaki Showroom at No.7 Chaldicott Barns, Semley Niwaki Showroom No.7 HQ Chaldicott Barns Japanese gardens tools and tripod ladders


Niwaki Gift Vouchers


Gift vouchers

A Niwaki Gift Voucher is a reliable solution to the age old problem of choosing a present.

Cray-Pas Crayons solo only

Cray-Pas Crayons: for children young, old and really old

Niwaki Leaf Bag

Niwaki Leaf Bag: our new 125 litre double-lined super leaf lugger

Ripstop Takumi Jacket

Takumi Ripstop Jacket: style and function from Japan

Natsko Daikon Tote

Natsko Daikon Tote: our classic long lugger with the Natsko Seki touch

Japanese Garden Tools from Niwaki

Japanese Garden Tools

Whether you’re cloud pruning a Taxus baccata (that’s yew to you), planting bulbs in the window box of a top floor balcony or keeping your houseplants neat and tidy, Niwaki probably has a tool to make the job easier and, dare we say it, a little more pleasurable.

Gardening is held in high-esteem in Japan, and the quality and thoughtful design of our secateurs, pruning saws, spades, shears – everything, really – reflect this. Click to browse the whole range and discover your next “how did I live without that?” tool.

Niwaki Tripod Ladders the original tripod ladders from Japan

Japanese Tripod Ladders

The original and best Japanese Tripod Ladder. Lightweight, finished to a high standard and, most importantly, safe. Three legs and a wide base provide incredible stability, even on slopes and steps. Perfect for hedges, topiary, fruit trees and all other garden and DIY jobs where you need to work safely at height.

Our unique spring-loaded leg pin and platform top step are two of the reasons Niwaki Original Tripod ladders are the professional gardener’s ladder of choice. Try one for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about.

Japanese kitchen knife by Masashi Kobo for Niwaki


Japanese kitchen knives have a reputation for being among the best in the world, but don’t let the hype obscure their practicality. Niwaki stocks knives for all budgets and levels of enthusiasm, from the entry-level Niwaki Mainichi range (Santoku, Gyoto, Nakiri and Petty) which marries Japanese steel with Western-style handles, to the hand-finished-in-a-tiny-Sanjo-workshop majesty of the Masashi Kobo Damascus knives.

Click to browse the whole range, and feel free to give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to know more.

Great gear from Japan - Apron and Shokunin Tool Bag


All the gear and no idea? Sounds like you need more gear! Over the years, we’ve steadily added to a diverse range of workwear clothing, footwear, bags, Japanese pocket knives and other accessories for you and your tools, all with the common denominators of quality and practicality.

From Metal Tool Boxes to Kojima Indigo Denim Work Trousers, and Takumi Ripstop Work Suits to our ever-popular Niwaki Gardening Gloves, we’re certain you’ll find something that will make your life easier, and maybe a little more stylish to boot (we sell them too - check out the Tabi Work Boots and the Niwaki Rubber Boot). Explore the full range here.