5 of our favorite products from Business Insider Japan’s crowdfunding site


Date: 26.02.2018

The growing popularity of Japanese retailers Muji and Uniqlo in the US points to the global appeal of clean designs and attention to detail, and the shops on one of our favorite Japanese sites, machi-ya, reflect these principles just as much in their products.

Machi-ya offers a variety of products across tech, beauty, fashion, and food, as well as a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding section that highlights cool designs and innovations that you can support.

If you're a fan of Japanese products and design, you've come to the right place. Keep scrolling to see our favorite picks from machi-ya.

*Please note the site is in Japanese and international shipping rates will apply.


The Baksteen is a waterproof canvas shoulder bag with a roomy interior to carry all your essentials. For extra security, it can be clipped to your clothing as you walk and bike from place to place. The Baksteen is produced by design studio Solahanpu, makers of the popular thin wallet テニュイス2, or "Tenus 2."

Baksteen Shoulder Bag, ¥11,800 ($107.60), available at machi-ya


The tatami is a type of mat usually made of woven grass with a rice straw core and used as flooring in traditional Japanese homes. Tatamo! is a modern iteration available in different sizes and colors to encourage different arrangements for your floor. The set above comes with eight pieces and measures approximately 6'x3'.

OKI TATAMO! 1.0 Tatami Cool, ¥25,500 ($232.53), available at machi-ya

Shop all Tatamo! products at machi-ya


The grassy Shibaful phone case was inspired by Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, which holds the Guinness World Records distinction of World's Smallest Park. Bring nature directly to your hands with this distinctive, lightweight, and damage-proof case.

Shibaful ME Botanical iPhone Case, ¥3,800 ($34.65), available at machi-ya

Shop all Shibaful cases and covers at machi-ya

Nishikawa Shouroku Shouten

Nishikawa Shouroku Shouten was established in 1585 and has produced handcrafted daily necessities ever since. The designs of these simple but elegant folding fans are inspired by the landscapes of Hawaii, Brooklyn, and Patagonia.

Nishikawa Shouroku Shouten Scenery of the World Fan, ¥2,800 ($25.53), available at machi-ya

Shop all Nishikawa Shouroku Shouten fans and lamps at machi-ya


Losing your phone can feel like the end of the world, but Mamorio is here to prevent that disaster. Mamorio is a small waterproof tag that attaches to any device and syncs to an app to help you track your belongings when you misplace them.

Mamorio Black 5-Piece Set, ¥16,000 ($145.90), available at machi-ya

Shop all Mamorio tags at machi-ya


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