Open only twice a year for 10 days each time, walking into the warehouse of Kyoto Art and Antiques feels like stumbling into the past — namely, the storerooms of an early 20th century trader with Japan.
A few of the many, many tansu (chests of drawers) were made so tightly and well that closing one drawer displaced air to gently push out another — most priced under $1,000. We picked up a couple of antique, hand-carved manju (baked bean cake) molds from an overflowing basket of them, for $5 each.
It's almost a shame to let the cat out of the bag on such a well-kept secret, but it's really too amazing not to share. The sale runs through October 12 — don't miss it!
(Edited from a post originally published 5.2.08)