Vintage Find: 60’s Japanese Scarf

Hello hello! Since I’m a big fan of second-hand and vintage bargain shopping, I’d like to feature some of the things I find from time to time. Shaun and I recently discovered that one of the neighboring suburbs, Paddington, is quite the treasure-trove when it comes to vintage shops (we counted at least 4 just in the center of town!), so I hope that our future excursions there will yield some more great items.

This past weekend we spent quite a bit of time browsing around Retro Metro‘s discount outlet (the original shop was getting so full, they decided to open a second shop for all of their “bargain” deals). There’s nothing quite like rummaging through stacks of old tablecloths! Unfortunately, Retro Metro is a little “boutique-y,” so their prices don’t tend to fall on the “dirt cheap” side of things. Even so, I think it’s worth spending some time looking through things, because you can find a good bargain just about anywhere–and we did!

This is a vintage 1960’s promotional scarf from Fukuda Printing Co. in Kanazawa, Japan! For those of you who know me, Kanazawa is particularly relevant, as I spent 5 of my teenage summers working for a English-language exchange program with students from a technical college in Kanazawa. 

This baby was $10! As you can see from the close-up, it features a calendar for January and February (though only part of Feb is pictured here). This was most likely given out as promotional material for the company at the beginning of the new year, which is a pretty common practice in Japan. The new year’s themed illustration and calendar would encourage people to hang it up in their homes for the first couple of months of the year, and there may even have been a complete set featuring all 12 months total.

Shaun and I were both pretty excited to find this! Since we love all things Japanese and were looking for some unique ways to decorate our abode, this certainly fit the bill! I’ll have to iron it (and possibly hem it, seeing as it’s unraveling a little), and then we’ll probably frame it. Any other ideas for how to display it?

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.