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Specializing in Traditional Kyoto-esque Futons, Cushions, Lap Blankets and Pillows


Founded in 1874, Wataji has long been favored by temples, shrines, and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) in the Gion District. Especially popular are the lap blankets and the Kyoto cushions. They have many Kyoto-esque colors and patterns in traditional materials that are unique to Japan, and each piece is handmade every step from cutting to sewing, cottoning, and finishing. Popular classic patterns include cherry blossoms and jumping rabbits.


The lap blankets are of a traditional Japanese material with a distinctive feel, Tango crepe. It has a soft texture and is favored as a baby's comforter. There are about 40 variations of patterns. The most popular pattern is the charming "Snow Rings Usagi” an original rabbit motif by their textile designer. Custom orders of various patterns, colors, and sizes are possible according to your preference.


The Kyoto cushion is also made with Tango crepe which comes in the same elegant pattern variations as the lap blanket. Five patterns are available from size 30cm x 30cm to 66cm x 62cm. They also offer cushion covers with the same patterns.


Both the lap blanket and the Kyoto cushion are made with fine quality cotton wadding inside. Wataji’s 100% natural silk floss futon has earned a reputation for being gentle on the skin. In recent years they have become known for their special “floss series” of asthma/allergy suppression bedding. Symbolic of their finely detailed craftsmanship is the box pillow (hako-makura). It is an indispensable item to Gion women who must keep their traditional hairstyles immaculate while sleeping.


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Prices are as follows, including tax: Silk floss futon: \135000~ Pillow: \5300~ Kyoto Cushion: \3000~ Lap blanket: \9500.  

Items are custom-made and shipped approx. 2 weeks from date of order. International shipping is also available.




Kana Sawachika, having majored in management and accounting at university, moved to Australia after graduating. Living overseas gave her a fresh perspective on the traditional Japanese crafts, in particular those of Kyoto. Upon returning to Japan she wished to share this classic artistry with others. After receiving training in skills like traditional padding techniques at a futon store, Kana took over the third generation of Gion Wataji.

ADDRESS: 12 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City


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