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SOW, GROW, EAT, REPEAT with Niwaki Seeds

Niwaki Seeds, a shiso salad recipe and a pickling workshop at Niwaki Chiltern Street – click to read more:

Lacanophobiacs – look away now. No, not those with a horror of the work of French psychotherapist and proto-deconstructionist Jacques Lacan: lacanophobia is the fear of vegetables, obviously.

Whether you’re building/tidying vegetable boxes and patiently awaiting the last frost or you’re one step ahead planting seed trays in the greenhouse, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you will grow – and eat – in the warmer months.

This year, why not make room for something new and try Japanese herbs and vegetables, with seeds from Niwaki? Some of the seeds we offer need little introduction, although the Japanese varieties we stock do have different uses and features compared to their more common European ancestors.

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs • Right handed

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs: form and function in perfect harmony

Niwaki Sickle

Niwaki Sickle: clear the winter borders like a pro

Red Shiso Japanese herb

Red Shiso Seeds: grow something new with Niwaki Seeds

Niwaki Moku Pruning Saw

Niwaki Moku Pruning Saw: a toothy companion to spare your favourite secateurs

Japanese secateurs hand forged carbon steel blades made in Japan

Watch: Hand forging Niwaki secateurs

Watch: Hand forging Niwaki secateurs

Take a look behind the scenes to learn more about the artisanal processes involved in the creation of hand-forged carbon steel Japanese secateurs.

Niwaki Shumatsu Secateurs

Niwaki Shumatsu Secateurs: all purpose pruners

Niwaki Y Type Tool Box • Grey

Niwaki Y-Type Tool Box: as in “Y didn’t I get my tools organised sooner?”

Niwaki Mainichi Snips

Niwaki Mainichi Snips for powerful precision cuts

Nizyu Kano Rucksack • Goma Black

Niwaki Nizyū Kanō Rucksack in Goma Black

Niwaki Workshops Leather Pouch London Craft Week 2023 chiltern street

Niwaki Workshops: Create A Hand-Stitched Leather Secateur Holder

Lucano 3 Step Orange

Lucano 3 Step in Funky Orange: so stylish it feels wrong standing on it

Niwaki Workshops Canvas Pouch chiltern street

Niwaki Workshops: London Craft Week Make A Canvas Tool Pouch

Sharpening Pond Niwaki knife sharpening for Japanese kitchen knives

Sharpening Pond: just add a whetstone and water

Natsko Seki Chiltern Street Illustration

Niwaki Chiltern Street

Niwaki Showroom at No.7 Chaldicott Barns, Semley


Niwaki Japan Tokyo Kagurazaka


Niwaki Gift Vouchers


Gift vouchers

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

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.