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My Perfume Organ ③ 私の調香オルガン台


My handmade perfume organ. The lower part of it was made by cutting a single plate of wood. I've been looking for my sketch but I still can't find it.

I wish I could show it to you, though it was just a life-sized image drawn by hand on connected graph papers.


I needed to draw a big curved line, so I tied a string to a pencil and used it as a compass.



It was tough to build the whole desk, so I used a writing bureau as a body of the perfume organ. I looked for a small, beautiful antique

bureau but I couldn't find one in Japan.

I searched on a net, and I found one that perfectly matched my image at a furniture store in Boston. At that time the internet was not widely used so when I finally found it through trial and error, I was so delighted.



It was 15 years ago and I don't clearly remember how I ordered it but somehow I purchased it

from the store ,and with a transportation company I arranged to have it sent to my friend's house in Boston ,then shipped from there to Japan.


However, I received an estimate from one of the biggest transportation companies, of

[Huge] yen- for shipping cost only. I was so shocked!


So again I turned to my friend for help and ended up having it shipped in a container of an import company. That reduced shipping costs a lot.


I measured the length inside the writing bureau, drew a line on the graph paper according to the size. Bought woods at a DYI store nearby, had them cut at the same size to match the sketch...  I couldn't possibly cut them home like they did.


I was able to add a sensitiveness by using relatively thin plates.

If you are a DIY person you can probably guess, but these stands where we put bottles, will become one wood panel when you take them to pieces.


Lastly, I applied varnish of deep rosewood color to both the writing bureau and the shelf.
Checked if the shelves could fit into the body of the bureau.

I was like "Wow!" when they fit perfectly into each other.


Putting fragrance bottles one by one, and it was like a dream come true,

the perfume organ looked elegant and exactly the way I had imaged.

I started with creating an image, then selected materials, placed an order, drew a sketch and assembled wood pieces...

This is my handmade organ but I couldn't have made it without my friends' help.


To be continued...


日本語記事はこちら➤ 私の調香オルガン台 My Perfume Organ

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 Best-in-Show-Cherry-Blossom PARFUM SATORI SAKURA< Cherry Blossom> 


Han-eri a half-collar on a kimono 


In the picture I'm wearing a white kimono with plum-blossoms and a golden tapestry

kimono sash.

This kimono used to be my mother's 40 years ago and I got it resized 20 years ago. 

It's one of my favorites.

Recently I don't have the chance to wear a kimono. 

So I seem to keep forgetting how to properly put it on. 

Or am I just getting older and forgetful?


I need extra time to prepare before changing into a kimono. 

But my days are busy and tend to procrastinate. It's a lot more complicated 

than putting on clothes.


The most difficult part for me would be sewing a half-collar on undergarment.

It's troublesome. Especially when I am in a hurry, I tend to sew it in the wrong order

and I have to do it over and over again.


A half-collar is a part of an undergarment. 

I hear that national costume showing a part of underwear is rare. 

I never thought about it.


When the collar stays crisp, it looks good. Practice makes perfect.

I have to keep that in mind.


The small pink stuff you can see in the picture is a pincushion of Carako (Chinese dolls).

I always keep it in my sewing box.


➤半襟をつける Necpiece on a Kimono  日本語Japanese

☆Authentiek Japanse merk, bijzondere aanwinst in collectie Perfume Lounge

☆Authentic Japanese brand, special asset in Collection Perfume Lounge。

☆オランダ アムステルダムの香水セレクトショップ「パフュームラウンジ」でパルファンサトリの香水が販売が開始されました。

My Perfume Organ ①私の調香オルガン台


Fragrance bottles are lining up like piano keys. We call this stand a " perfume organ".

This is my perfume organ and I made it myself in 2001.


Everyone gets surprised to know that this was handmade by me.

I created it by imaging a perfume organ in my mind first, drawing etc and put pieces of wood together.


Musical terms are frequently used in the world of perfume.

The stand where a perfumer works on the composition of perfumes is called "perfume organ"

because the perfume bottles are in line like piano keys.


In 1988, when I started my fragrance-related work, herbs and aromatherapy are not popular yet. There were only few people who knew the existence of perfumers, or even the fact that  100 or more components were included in one perfume.



Back then ( or maybe still now) , the perfume organ in fragrance companies used to be white, plastic. Dark brown bottles were on top of tiered stands. It reminded me of a science laboratory. But one day I needed one with atmosphere and that was worth looking at. I wanted an elegant, curvy ,Art Nouveau style antique perfume organ.


When people look at my perfume organ for the first time, they all look amazed and especially people from fragrance company give me praises. It has been a symbol of my brand for 15 years.


I'll tell you why & how I made a perfume organ by myself maybe next time.


To be continued.


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匂へどもしる人もなき桜花 Cherry Blossoms


匂へどもしる人もなき桜花 ただひとり見て哀れとぞ思ふ

慶政上人 風雅和歌集


Cherry Blossoms

Beautifully in full bloom

Without being seen by anyone but me

What a magnificent view



It is expressing feelings of excitement and loneliness when enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms alone.  Isolated beauty.





Thyme and oil heater タイムと石油ストーブ


Thyme and oil heater

A kettle is whistling on the oil heater. It is very warm.

This is a classic non-electric oil heater. It brings back memories.


When I went to a Japanese paper workshop in Kawaguchi, I had lunch at this traditional soba restaurant. Looking at the menu, I felt like eating Nabeyaki- Udon (noodles served hot in a pan).It feels like years since I had this.


I saw an oil heater also at a café in Aoyama several weeks ago. The one I saw there looked a little more modern, maybe it was an electric type.

Since air-conditionings became popular, we rarely have a chance to see these kinds of

heaters, but the warmth of the fire is special.


When you turn the oil heaters on, you can smell a little sweet and oily kerosene.


This scent could be unpleasant but for me, a little nostalgic.


When I was a child, there was a ballet school next to the house I used to live in.

I could see a big window of the studio when I stepped out of the back door of my house.


On winter afternoons, walking down the alley before ballet lessons started, I would smell kerosene. They must have used the oil heater to warm up a room.


Thyme essence always reminds me of a smell of the oil heater.

There is a hint of a sweet oily kerosene-like smell behind refreshing woody scent.

Also I can smell a bit of Turpentine oil that we use to dissolve oil colors.


Not only perfumes but smells trigger old memories, sometimes a flood of memories. It's interesting. This is why smells could help avoid dementia and increase your brain power.     I like the smell of burning charcoal.


Putting charcoal in a small hearth in a tea-ceremony room and when the ash warms up,

I can smell red embers with crackling sounds of charcoal.



Casual tea ceremony 毎朝の一服②

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Tea utensils, such as a tea cup and a tea caddy are always on the dining table in my house.

It's to make tea whenever I wish.


This is a Shino tea cup that my mother made herself.

The color of red clay in the bottom is a little transparent and soft grayish patterns look nice.

It's perfect in size and in weight.


These utensils are just for entertaining and having tea ,for casual tea ceremony.

The square box used to be a tobacco tray at mother's house.


I don't have breakfast in the morning.

Instead, I boil the water in the kettle ,make a cup of Matcha and eat some dry Japanese sweets.

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Refreshing bitterness.


That makes my sleepy head clear and it's nice to see sparrows in the garden.

I walk briskly to the office.

Seasonal flower in Japan 「Fukujyuso/Adonis ramosa」 季節の花



Seasonal flowe in Japan 「Fukujyuso/Adonis ramosa


In Japan, the four seasons are very distinguished and we love & cherish various natural phenomena ,flowers and plants.


During cold winter, we long for signs of spring. 

We love this flower because Fukujuso is considered to be a flower telling the arrival of spring and also Fuku & Jyu both mean good fortune.


Style スタイルを磨く



Polishing up only on your skills is not the right way for creation, if you do not want to imitate someone or use an existing style. Having ideas of what makes you happy, what you want to do and express etc., that matters.

It's not about "what people think". It's about " what you want to do". That's where creation starts. 


It's enjoyable to share your feelings when you find something beautiful or when you are happy. You are very lucky if you could meet someone and share the same values and taste.

When it comes to creating something just as you want, skills are required. 

Also you have to be able to describe your image precisely. 


Then some kind of sparkles will be added-something not self-complacent nor random-to your work.

Excitement is the first step to your creation.

Happy things, sad things, fun memories and sour experiences- all those things made me what I am now.

The original of "Style" is "MYSELF".

This is my idea of "polishing yourself up".


Fendi antique フェンディの書類カバン  英訳


Fendi antique


My father passed away 25 years ago. This Fendi's briefcase is a keepsake from him.

This bag is more than 35 years old including the period my father used it.


It's light and thin, just the right size. I regularly carried it for a long time, thinking of him.

So the cloth was worn out, trimming of leather and the handle were also damaged.


About a year ago, metal parts of the handle finally fell out and I took the bag to a repair shop. The cloth was fairly damaged and there was no guarantee that they could fix it. So I gave up .


One day a friend of mine told me that there was a good repair shop.

I headed to the shop and was recommended a full repair including the parts that were not damaged. I was a bit hesitant but decided to accept the suggestion because I wanted to use the bag not to keep it on the shelf.


After about two months, there was a call from the shop. Now the bag is back.


All the damages are fixed and it looks new. But some cloths are still worn out and stay as they used to be. I like that.


I could have bought a new bag with the repair fee I paid but I have no regret.

If you handle things with care, they age well. It's like bringing up a child.

Money can't buy 35 years of history.

Money can't buy memories either.


Border between day and night- From Tokyo to Paris


The day never sets as we are chasing after the sun.

Estimated arrival time is 9:30 pm with 2.5 hour-delay.

We still have 30 minutes before landing in Paris.


Looking out of the window, the sun is shining like gold down below.

The plane started to tilt and has changed the direction.


The border between the sky and the surface of the earth gradually turns light orange, softly merging into the area of pale blue and then light purple. The white moon is floating far ahead.

The sun is now behind us. The plane has taken a big turn.


At twilight, the layer of piled pale mauve colors can be seen clearly on the horizon.

The whole earth is being wrapped by a film of the air. The plane begins to lose altitude and enters in the haze.



Cannes is located on the French Riviera. Across the sea, the moon is gleaming at the peak of the mountain. 


Now I'm in the pale purple mist and looking up the new-born moon. A white ship passes by, along with the long twilight.

"PARFUM SATORI" is the fragrance brand of a Japanese independent perfumer Satori Osawa, member of la Société Française des Parfumeurs.

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Each fragrance in the collection has a unique and special personality, all formulated by Satori.

Quoi de neuf :

Record of floral fragrance  花の香りの記録について


Every flower has a charm, I believe.  Common flowers could possess wonderful scents. However, there are only few books on these kinds of flowers.


I suppose that people didn't bother to smell non-fragrant flowers or even to make a record of them.

Those who are interested in plants seem to be busy categorizing them but not to pay much attention to fragrances that flowers possess.

Probably they didn't know how to express their feelings towards good scents.


In Japan you could rarely see someone smelling flowers in the street.

Probably they feel embarrassed because that would make them look too romantic.


Tall flowering trees and small flowers on the ground. They are hard to sniff.

If you find someone standing on tiptoe or crawling on hands and knees to smell flowers in Shinjuku Gyoen- it must be me.

So easy! How to strain the matcha powder(tea ceremony)


Tea leaves used for the tea ceremony are different from ordinary Sencha leaves.

They are fine powders made by grinding in a stone mill. That's why they absorb moisture easily and form lumps when we make tea.


It's not nice to find lumpy powders left on the bottom of the cup. Moreover, they don't

taste good.


So we use tea strainers and strain the tea first.


To strain , you use a brush and sweep the powder on the net. However in my family we use marbles. That way, you don't have to worry about making a mess.




Put a few marbles, powdered green tea and close the lid.


Shake a little. You can feel marbles jumping up & down inside.

After about 10 shakes, open the lid slowly and the powder is all sifted.


Remove the filter and scoop up matcha powder with a spatula, then put in a tea container. 

Sometimes I keep some left-over powder in the refrigerator until next day.

Don't wash the can as it gets rusted. Just wipe it off with a clean cloth.


Now make tea properly and enjoy its smooth taste. 

日本語訳はこちら→簡単!抹茶を濾す方法 tea ceremony 母の茶道③

精進料理のお教室 Buddhist cuisine Lesson


Here are 5 different types of Shojin-ryori in bowls set on the lacquered tray.

I took a cooking lesson of Shojin-ryori (vegetarian cooking) in Kojimachi the other day.


Here is the menu: Beans & Rice, Soup with seaweed and yomogi-fu, Japanese parsley

& Simmered Kiriboshi Daikon (dried radish)with sesame dressing, and Garland chrysanthemum rolled in dried seaweed.


Each one looks like an everyday Japanese dish but they are created with wisdom and creativeness.


The bowl is called "Jihatsu". It's a nest of lacquered bowls and monks use them when eating.


You take these bowls in order of size to arrange food: the largest outer bowl is for rice , the second bowl is for soup and the third one for side dishes etc..


When you finish eating and put them away, it will be a set of bowls- they fit one within the other.

It's very space-saving and simple.

Food and tableware suitable for a simple life.


 Not only cuisine but tools which have a long history prove their excellency.

 I re-realized the greatness of Japan.



Between the sky and the sea


At midnight, lying on the bed, I hear the sound of the sea.

I get up, step out on the balcony and the sea breeze blows up along with the heat from daytime. I gaze into the dark sea.


The noise during the daytime is all gone. In the ocean, lights of ships are floating on the surface. The lights slowly drift away and get swallowed up in the darkness.

In ancient times, people must have believed that the ships had fallen off the edge of the earth.

Where can we find the border between the sea and the sky?


The distance to the horizon that is visible to the naked eye is said to be only 4 or 5 kilometers. 

It's only a small part of the whole that we believed to be the edge of the world. 

The horizon flies when we pursues, and we can never go to the edge. 

The earth floats in space, so the border between the sea and the sky would be the sea itself.


プラタナスの木の下で under the Platanus trees









Standing under the Platanus trees with my eyes closed,

the sound of the wind takes me to Ardèche.


I want to sleep until the morning with no deams, 

in the sheer darkness.



I become sentimental when I am on a journey.

But this time everything I saw was interesting & fun so I was all excited.


Last time I was in Kanazawa was 15 years ago. I feel differently now because I grew older.

I think I can appreciate the beauty of this place better at my age now.


As you grow older, your body gets weaker. On the other hand, you can feel more

as you broaden your horizons.


Each iris flower looks beautiful but they look even more beautiful in a group.


What a wonderful view-


At Kenrokuen in Kanazawa in May 2014.

The new Hokuriku Shinkansen makes our trips to Kanazawa so much easier today.

►日本語版はこちら→金沢兼六園 KANAZAWA KENROKUEN

春 プリマヴェーラ Primavera Botticelli

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Green grass on a sunny spring day. The sun is shining through leaves.

Mixes of white, purple and pink flowers in the sun and also in the shadow.

What are these beautiful pinkish flowers surrounding Venus?


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This looks like a tapestry created by human and is the very image of Botticelli's "Primavera".

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" Look! Aren't they cherry blossoms?"

I looked up and there was double cherry blossoms in full bloom.

It must be Zephyros, the God of west wind who made Flora fall.


I used to think double cherry blossoms were unpolished. But at last I realized its beauty in this late spring.

There is a certain charm about them when blooming in such a deep green forest.



The white ones- Ornithogalum orthophyllum.

The purple pretty flowers- Delphinium anthriscifolium.


Zephyros brings the Spring by blowing strong winds.

Flowers in colors and Fragrances are filled with by Flora.



Blessing for plants has been secretely tested.

When you come across a place like this, you can't deny the existence of God.

日本語版はこちら→春 プリマヴェーラ

Flower arrangement(Kado) textbook Ikebana 1843


This old textbook is also like an artbook.  

This book has been in a family for generations and was written in 1843 「天保14蕟卯三月十四日」.


My grandmother was a Kado Shihan,master of flower arrangement.(So are my mother and I.)

This one below is a license or diploma of my grand mother.

This agreement looks so strict that it reminds me of Samurai.


Japanese blog (日本語オリジナル)

華道教本 天保十四年 Ikebana 1843 /2013年3月30日

華道秘伝書 明治32年1899  /2013年4月 4日

Kanazawa Ono Karakuri Museum [wheels]


Kanazawa Ono Karakuri Museum/ISHIKAWA


Kanazawa Ono Karakuri Museum is where I really wanted to visit.
It has famous wind-up dolls that serve tea.


I got so excited to see so many cog wheels... I love cog wheels ( or gears ).

I like their shapes and also like how they actually work.


The museum has hands-on activities and you can touch and turn the wheels.



Square shaped wheel-  Left wheel and right wheel turn at different speeds.

Used mostly for printers. 


Chrysanthemum shaped



Leaf shaped  


Look ! So many wheels in different shapes!


Inside the main building.  Beautiful design that reminds us of Tsuzumi (hand drum)

There was a similar one in front of the Kanazawa station.



 Geometrical pattens of the windows at the museum. They look gorgeous.



Kanazawa Ono Karakuri Museum  石川県金沢港大野からくり記念館

920-0331 石川県金沢市大野町4-2-29


Japanese snack 「Takoyaki」


Japanese snack Takoyaki


Takoyaki is a casual fast food in Japan.

Mix well Dashi, octopus, crispy scraps of tempura, green onions, pickled red ginger  etc and flour ,then pour the batter in the holes of hot takoyaki pan.


It's usually served with sauce and mayonaise, topped with sprinkle of dried green seaweed and katsuobushi.


Not only kids but adults love this round-shaped snack. We make takoyaki at home or invite friends to have a takoyaki party. I actually did have takoyaki parties when I was little. 

Don't miss the chance to try this Japanese snack [Tako-yaki]!

One of western foods in Japan 「Spaghetti Napolitan」


One of estern foods in Japan 「Spaghetti Napolitan

Japan actively adopted various food culture from other countries and developped our own menu.


Spaghetti Napolitan is a Japanese version of local cuisine in Naples, Italy.It's a Japanese original.


Spaghetti Neapolitan used to be a popular & common food at home and at restaurants in Japan long time ago.  It was often served also at old-fashioned coffee shops when I was a kid.


It's a spaghetti seasoned mainly with tomato ketchup and sausages, onions etc are in it.

Don't miss the chance to try it as a Japanese western food :YOU-SHOKU !

Zaru soba (soba noodles)


Ten-zaru(Cold Soba and Tempra) .

Yeah.It's yummy!!! 

You dip soba noodles into the sauce swiftly and pick up .Then slurp with air. Slurping noodles noisily while eating is the right way to enjoy soba in Japan.


It's considered to be " chic" to drink sake with seaweed , kamaboko (boiled fish paste) or wasabi before eating soba.

►Ten-zaru(Cold Soba and Tempra) at "Yabu-soba(藪そば)" located in Kanda(神田) or Asakusa(浅草),or Ueno-Ike-no-Hata(上野池之端).

insence stand & insence holder


A set of portable silver insence stand & insence holder.


This small incense stand is sakura-shaped and made of silver


Incense can be quite long. So we break them to fit into the incense holder. 


Finest incense of KYARA

My grandmother's comb(KUSHI KANZASHI)


This is my grandmother's comb of Meiji(1868-1912) or Taisho (1912-1926)periods.

It's a small tortoiseshell comb, gold lacquered with "kai-awase(Common orient clam)" designs.


It's only 8.5 cm and looks small & plain. 


This kimono has the sameKai-awase designs.


"Kon shiro/Bleu Blanc" ☆new launch 24th Oct 2014



In the morning, you put on a simple cotton shirt of the highest quality. Feeling a refreshing excitement, you take a moment to even your breathing. At night, after a relaxing bath, you succomb to relaxing sleep wrapped inclean linen. The familiar colours in the simple but high quality life style of Japan, this fragrance was created in an image of "navy and white". An unusual pairing of fruity and aldehyde, leaves annovel and unconventional image. This fragrance is soft and calming, like linen filled with light. 

Le matin vous enfilez votre chemise en coton de la plus haute qualité. Un sentiment d'excitation  rafraîchissant, vous prenez quelques instants pour reprendre haleine. La nuit après un bain relaxant,vous succombez au sommeil calme, enveloppé d'un simple drap blanc. Ce parfum a été créé en correspondance à  une image de "bleu marine et blanc". Ce sont des couleurs bien connues dans la vie japonais , la simplicité et le calme, la qualité de la vie.  Le mariage inhabituel entre notes fruitées et aldéhydes,  laisse une image non conventionnelle. Ce parfum est doux et relaxant comme un matin plein de lumière.


The top note with freshness and a little bitter, matches with the bitterness of citrus peel, the strong green and deepness of dried fruit. Gradually a sheen is added by the aldehyde and changes into a warm middle woody note. The last note is filled with a dry but fresh and refined scent of "navy and white".

La note de tête fraîche mais aussi un peu acidulée. Une légère amertume de zestes d'agrumes ,   de vert fort et la profondeur de fruits séchés. Progressivement un pétillement d'aldéhyde se transforme en une note chaude boisée. Une note de fond  seche, fraîche et raffinée de "bleu marine et blanc" , un sentiment intraduisible ....

Fruity Aldehyde

Top note
bergamot, lemon peal, galbanum, cassis, aldehyde

Middle note
cyclamen, rose, jasmine, orange flour, clove, dry plum

Last note
patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, guaiac wood, cacao,

[Nuage Rose]  Satori in Cannes


At sunrise and sunset of the French Riviera, the sky turns into a canvas, light from between the soft clouds melting in the ocean... This beautiful sight was embottled.

Eyes closed we smell this fragrance and all at once gentle colors and inviting us to a brand new journey...Nuage Rose is a fragrance for a woman who fully enjoys life and its beauty.




The top note is a melting fruity pear sharpened with pink pepper. Then a pink colored accord of rose and violet spreads and the jasmine absolute creates an amazingly soft harmony. The last note is a powdery sandalwood. Luxurious soft Iris was abundantly used and takes us in light steps.



Rose de Mai and Damask Rose

Two representative natural fragrance materials used in perfume making.

The Bulgarian "Damask Rose" and "the Rose de Mai" cultivated in the south of France, Grasse, since the old times. Damask rose has a strong and powerful spreading top note, whereas the Rose de mai absolute has a soft continuing fragrance with a honey like aroma of a flower stamen.  

It is a pink rose with numerous overlapping petals as described in its scientific name "Rosa centifolia" (rose with a hundred petals).




RYORI TSUSHIN 2013June  料理通信


Perfumer Satori Osawa

Somehow an image appears inside us, even if we can't see it with our eyes. And because we can't see it, the scene surpasses time and space. That is what "fragrance" is. The scenery created through the perfumes by Satori Osawa is the Japanese mentality and the unspoilt scenery of Japan itself.



WASANBON Parfum Satori's "Premium Collection"



Parfum Satori's "Premium Collection"
A new fragrance "Wasaonbon" -Released from Parfum Satori on 10 May 2013.

A delightful candy coated with sparkling fine sugar that melts in your mouth like meringue - this is the image of the new fragrance, Wasanbon. The name is taken from a special type of Japanese sugar, which coincidentally is pronounced the same as "Wa sent bon", meaning "a nice fragrant of Wa" in French. This new fragrance is not the typical nor traditional scent imagined from the concept of "Wa" or "Japonism", but has a nuance that gently veils the gestures of a charming lady.

Beginning with a sour yet sweet lemony top note, the fragrance moves gradually into a light and sweet cake-like scent, which will bring a smile to all those surrounding her. The perfume uses top quality Iris essence which gives the fragrance a light and airy feel.

Gourmand type
Top Note: Lemon, Muscat
Middle Note: Mimosa, Muguet, Almond, Sugar, Honey
Last Note: Vanilla, Iris, Guaiac Wood


Type: Eau de Parfum
Size: 50ml Atomiser
Price: 16,800yen

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-Looking for the little door to Parfum Satori-




These days, I'm grateful to say that we have been seeing an increasing number of customers from overseas.


Many of the customers said that they came across my fragrances and shop through Basenotes ( (Parfum, Satori is mentioned here: ) or from their friends who had asked them to stop by during their trip to Tokyo.


My shop faces a rather busy avenue called Meiji Dori and it is quite easy to get to using public transportation, but many of my new customers miss the small entrance while walking by, or mistake it for an antique store because of the showcase filled with antiques.



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My most recent customer, a gentleman from the U.S. who had seen the postings on Basenotes and decided to come visit during his holiday in Tokyo, explained to me that he had walked the street back and forth several times and had almost given up. After having a cup of coffee at the Seattle's Café just 20m down the road, he decided to give us one more try and finally was able to find the shop.


As I was in (there are times when I would have stepped out and unfortunately can't meet some of my customers), I was happy to show him my original fragrances and after testing a few, he had kindly decided on purchasing "Sonnet" for his wife and "Satori" for himself. It was a lovely afternoon.


Please come by to the shop next time you are in Tokyo and please don't give up when you can't find us the first time. The shop is along Meiji Dori and is 3 min from Yoyogi station (on your left) and about 7 min from Shinjuku South exit (on your right). I attach a picture of the front of my shop. Hopefully this will help you find us.





I look forward to meeting you here at my shop, a little hideaway in the heart of Tokyo, a place for all those who want to know the real essence of perfume.



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PARFUM SATORI's perfumes, Fragrances with no borders.

Les parfums de PARFUM SATORI, des fragrances sans frontières.

Parfum Satori talks about Japanese culture in the official blog. 

Stone Lanterns 石灯籠(いしどうろう) 



It never struck me before, but there are many stone lanterns in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

It reminded me of the tall stone lantern in the corner of the garden in the old home I lived as a child, although again, I never was interested in it back then. However, in the past 3 years or so, I began noticing the stone lanterns during my walks around the National Garden.

"UME NO HANA" Japanese Plum Blossom-2

Plum blossom is a flower with a particularly good fragrance. Comparing to its elegant posture, its fragrance has a bewitching face. The red flower and the white flower, both have different smells as well.


"UME NO HANA" Japanese Plum Blossom-1



"Ume no hana

Kaguhashimi tookedomo

Kokoromoshinoni kimi wo shizo omou"

by Okimi Ichihara


Plum blossom is a flower appreciated by Japanese aristocracy since the ancient times and appears in 119 poems of the "Manyoshu - Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves".


Japanese sweets /Wagashi-2




Japanese sweets

 AKIKUSA - Autumn grass


Japan has four distinctive seasons, which have build Japanese people's susceptibility nature. Autumn is the harvest season filled with joy, but it also brings a feeling of loneliness. The simple design of Susuki (Japanese pampas grass) expresses a sentimental autumn scene on this sweet.






SUSUKI - Japanese pampas grass

In Japan there is a custom of displaying "Susuki (Japanese pampas grass)" and "Odango (sweet dumpling)" and have a "Moon Viewing" gathering called "Otsukimi" on the full moon night of September. A sweet yellow paste made with the yolk of eggs wraps some black bean paste, looking just like the round full moon with a design of Susuki on it.


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SONNET,Eau de parfum,Osmanthus


The top note is a fresh mandarin citrus and a tea note of sage sclary. Then a soft floral fragrance expands with the sweet peachy scent of osmanthus, graduallyshifting to a warm woody last note.


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Japanese Classical Dance Performance"Nihon-Buyo"

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When I was a child, I was learning "Nihon-Buyo", a Japanese Classical Dance Performance. My last stage was "Fuji-Musume (The Wisteria Maiden)". 

WAGASHI - Japanese sweets


WAGASHI , Japanese sweets 

There are many traditional sweets in Japan.


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The fresh springwater flowing down between the trees, reveals a blending harmony of the cold clear water with the warmth of trees and mosses.



Tatami is an original Japanese flooring, a traditional mat made of plant materials.

"Around the world, Ikebana and Perfume."


Whenever I do a demonstration abroad, or invite a guest in my hotel room, I always display some "Ikebana".

Aroma of Green tea

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The aroma of Green tea is a refreshing green and bitter smell.

Meiji Jingu - The well of Kiyomasa


Meiji Jingu is a shrine dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken.


Sword guards (KINKOU=Silversmith and Goldsmith)

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  Silversmith and Goldsmith KINKOU

The Dawn



The Dawn


Looking out the car window, close sceneries moving fast


"Poison" by Dior    Perfumes and novels-3


There are several interesting perfume selections in modern literature as well.

"JOY (Jean Patou)" in Yukio Mishima's "La Vertu chancelante".



Recently, perfume has even helped build a movie character.



"Rebecca (by Du Maurier )" Perfumes and novels-1


Perfumes do not appear in many novels.


KODOUGU Tools of "Kodo", the Way of Incense

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Tools of "Kodo" ,the Way of Incense.

Knot-Making called Kumihimo


 Knot-Making called Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese art.


The Koh packets, wrapping of Jinko(Way of Incense KODO 3)


The Koh packets,wrapping of Jinko.

The grading of "Jinko"(Japanese Incense Wood) Kodo2


[Rikkoku-Gomi] (meaning 6 countries and 5tastes)is the grading of "Jinko"(Japanese Incense Wood)

"Japanese Incense Wood" used in "KODO (Way of Incense)"

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The Japanese Incense Wood is called "Jinsui-Kohboku (Aloeswood or Agarwood)" commonly known as "Jinko".

The Rose Poem

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YOU TUBE [The Rose Poem] 


The Rose  of Paris

Cold, a little sweet

And capriciously sulky


Japanese WASHI paper craft (SUNAGO)


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"Sanadahimo (Japanese Close-woven Samurai Ribbon)

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Sanadahimo is one of the Japanese traditional fabrics.

[Silk Iris] a été présenté dans le magazine « 25ans »




Le nouveau parfum de PARFUM SATORI a été présenté dans le magazine « 25ans ».



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 Man'yōshū  "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves" is the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, 759 A.D.


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Rachmaninov/ The Bells/ Edgar Allan Poe


The bells is a choral symphony by Rachmaninoff.
The words are from the poem The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe.

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La vent et la pâquerette


Le vent a apporté et a laissé, la claire lumière du printemps.


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Prunier:Plum blossoms


Patiently and still,I shall wait for you.
Will then my long dark hair in the air
be sprinkled with misty white.

                                                                            from" Manyo shu"

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Jour de Noël

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I wish we have a small country house in the suburb and we will stay there in the weekends.

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Little Friends in South of France


A little guest pass over the formula
he has quicken his steps.



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"If only there could be an invention,"

 I said impulsively,
"that bottled up a memory,like scent.
And it never faded, and it never got stale.
And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked,
and it would be like living the moment all over again.

                                                                            from "Rebecca"by du maurier

in reverse gear


I wanted to go back again,
to recapture the moment that had gone,
even the sun would be changed in the sky casting another shadow ...

...There was something chilling in the thought ,
something a little melancholy,
and looking at the clock I saw that five more minutes had gone by...

                                                                                 from "Rebecca"by du maurier

Maybe scent is ...

Maybe scent is beautiful because it's invisible .

When we are smelling a scent,
we close our eyes and take a trip to look for the beauty behind it.



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The sense of beauty



We lived in different places, grew up in different cultures,

and have seen different things.

But with the sense of beauty,

we can discover the real essence hidden behind an object.


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The memories in a precious box 27



When there is an intention,it is not usually very pleasant .

When we take a picture,

 and we care too much about the public eyes ,

the picture often ends up being a disappointment.


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[Programme ] Juin 2009 French ver.

Article a partir du magazine [Programme]

Les odeurs réveillent nos "mémoires de fraîcheur" - Satori




Satori appear in the magazine


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Article a partir du magazine




Satori appear in the magazine [WAKASA SEIKATSU]

Josei jishin French ver.


JOSEI Jishin [about school]


Satori appear in the magazine [Josei jishin]

STORY French ver.


Satori paraîtront dans les magazines de mode [Story]

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Satori appear in fashion magazine [Story]

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JESSICA French ver.


Satori paraîtront dans les magazines de mode Jessica

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JESSICA「Perfume, the Final Answer of Fashion」



Satori appear in fashion magazine Jessica

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「パルファン サトリ」は、フランス調香師協会会員・SATORI(大沢さとり)の香水ブランドです。コレクションはすべてSATORI自身の処方により調合された特別感のある香り。初めて香水を試される方や、外国の強い香水に疲れた方にもお勧めです。日本の気候と情緒に合う、優しくおだやかな香りをお楽しみください。

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