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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  • Bunny Bead of Bunny Eating Grass Boxwood Netsuke Bead
    Bunny Bead of Bunny Eating Grass Boxwood 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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  • Mermaid Nursing Baby Mermaid Bead Ojime Bead
    Mermaid Nursing Baby Mermaid Bead Ojime Bead
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  • Mermaid Looking at Pearl Japanese Netsuke Bead
    Mermaid Looking at Pearl Japanese Netsuke Bead
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  • Crouching Bunny Rabbit Netsuke Bead
    Crouching Bunny Rabbit Netsuke Bead
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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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  • 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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  • Wolf Bead Wolf Cub Ojime Bead
    Wolf Bead Wolf Cub 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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  • Pony Hand Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead
    Pony Hand Carved Boxwood Ojime Bead
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  • Mermaid Boxwood Netsuke Bead Mermaid Combing her Hair
    Mermaid Boxwood Netsuke Bead Mermaid Combing her Hair
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  • Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead
    Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead
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  • Horse Netsuke Bead
    Horse Netsuke Bead
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  • Turtle Ball Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
    Turtle Ball Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
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  • Horse Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
    Horse Button in the Ojime Beads Tradition
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  • Frog Button in the Ojime Tradition Large Size
    Frog Button in the Ojime Tradition Large Size
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  • Dragon Button in Ojime Tradition
    Dragon Button in Ojime Tradition
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