Collection: Ojime Beads

These hand-carved boxwood beads are inspired by Antique Japanese Ojime. The Ojime bead is  the sliding bead on the cord of the Inro Box worn on the obi of the kimono. These Ojime are hand-carved by contemporary Chinese Master-Carvers, who take up to four hours to make each bead. They range in size from 3/4" to 1".  

Traditional kimonos had no pockets so Japanese men and women wore a compartmentalized box called an inro to carry medicine and other small personal items. The inro hung below the obi, a wide fabric kimono belt, on a double cord. 

Ojime Magical Jewels of Japan . . . by Robert O Kinsey

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  • Mermaid Looking at Pearl Japanese Netsuke Bead
    Mermaid Looking at Pearl Japanese Netsuke Bead
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  • Swan Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
    Swan Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
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  • Bird bead Boxwood Ojime Bead
    Bird bead Boxwood Ojime Bead
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  • Wolf Bead Wolf Cub Ojime Bead
    Wolf Bead Wolf Cub Ojime Bead
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  • Seated Buddha Bead Boxwood Netsuke
    Seated Buddha Bead Boxwood Netsuke
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  • Circle Mermaid Netsuke Bead
    Circle Mermaid Netsuke Bead
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  • Bat Ball Button in the Ojime Tradition Hand-carved Boxwood
    Bat Ball Button in the Ojime Tradition Hand-carved Boxwood
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  • Ammonite Ojime Bead Boxwood
    Ammonite Ojime Bead Boxwood
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  • Bear bead Boxwood Ojime bead
    Bear bead Boxwood Ojime bead
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  • Hippo Bead Hippos in Love Ojime Bead
    Hippo Bead Hippos in Love Ojime Bead
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  • Alligator Ojime Bead
    Alligator Ojime Bead
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  • Crab on Octopus Inro Box with Crab Ojime Bead and Crab Netsuke Bead
    Crab on Octopus Inro Box with Crab Ojime Bead and Crab Netsuke Bead
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  • Butterfly Pair of Sandalwood Ojime Beads in Small Size
    Butterfly Pair of Sandalwood Ojime Beads in Small Size
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  • Elephant Ojime Bead with Ears like Leaves in Clear Varnish
    Elephant Ojime Bead with Ears like Leaves in Clear Varnish
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  • Elephant Head Bead Ojime Bead
    Elephant Head Bead Ojime Bead
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  • Standing Laughing Buddha Bead Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead with light stain
    Standing Laughing Buddha Bead Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead with light stain
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  • Three Frogs Netsuke Bead
    Three Frogs Netsuke Bead
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  • Skull Bead Ojime Bead
    Skull Bead Ojime Bead
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  • Whale Ojime Bead
    Whale Ojime Bead
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  • Sheep Ojime Bead
    Sheep Ojime Bead
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