Angela Ortiz

Finding Zen - traveling Japan to find uncommonly good stuff

People want things that will make their lives the way they wish they were. Things that are hard to find, things that have an art, and beauty, and purpose to them. And maybe even a little romance.

You see this proven over and over again when you come back from visiting Japan. The Zen objects and tools you brought back with you are fawned over by family and friends. They may even try to buy them off you, or ask you for the shop name to so they can pop by on their next visit.

Can you blame them?

It was astonishing to find, in my newly embarked on treasure hunt across the island, that the peak of Zen simplicity could be seen most clearly in one of Japan’s most basic and common tools - The humble wooden chopstick.

I visited the shop Hashikatsu in Tokyo, who is an official craftsman to the imperial royal family of Japan. On a high wall above his grandfather clock a thank you letter from the late Princess Diana, hung in a gilded frame.

Well, Japan has many hidden treasures.
Simple, functional, extremely well made, natural, beautiful, & yes, romantic.

Zen Collections leave behind the ornate patterns and decorative colors of accessory products. Trinkets and knick-knacks are for the rushed tourist at the airport lobby – He wouldn’t know Hashikatsu from a tonkatsu.

Clearly, elegant people appreciate timeless products.

Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortiz is a multi cultural and international resident, who spent most of her childhood near the snowy slopes of rural Aomori, in northern Japan.
She has been involved as a cultural representative, translator and go-between on many occasions and often coordinates for international chambers of commerce, international schools, and foreign and political delegations.

As a young entrepreneur, Angela is passionate about discovering Japan’s hidden treasures and culture and elegantly presenting them to the world.