The Many Faces of Japan

Sharon Meredith, Austin, TX   

Thank you for visiting our family owned store! See our Homepage about the Jewelry and Netsuke sale

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Japanese Antique and Vintage Pottery, Porcelain, Netsuke, Masks, Okimono & Now Jewelry, More!

About The Many Faces of Japan

Our Service Pledge
We promise we will always be honest, and answer questions as soon as we can. We stand behind our products 100% . However, please remember that all of our items are used, vintage or antique. As such, there will almost always be some time of age wear to the items we sell. We try our best to identify any major flaws. If you feel or see that I, Sharon have made an error in posting an item, I would appreciate you letting me know so I can research and correct immediately and as appropriate.
About Us
Japanese Antique and Vintage Porcelain and Pottery, Okimono or statues, Koro and Kogo or incense burners and small lidded containers, Netsuke, Jewelry and more

Announcements and About our Family

How may we help you? Please feel free to contact us with your questions or offers! If you use the "Email Shop" icon found on any page, your message will page Sharon's phone and I will almost always respond right away! We are always open to reasonable offers as our return customers can tell you. Please see the link to Ruby Lane's Site Wide policies that may answer some question, our store policies are under "Terms of Sale" on any item page. If you have problems with shipping or something seems wrong with pricing, please feel free to wait to pay until an item is packed.

Thinking of purchasing a gift for Christmas? Ask us about our flexible return policy for the holidays. Also Please let us know if you have any questions about shipping costs. See more on the item pages about shipping please!

A few weeks ago I could tell one of our customers was getting frustrated because she could pay one Ruby Lane store with the new credit card process Ruby Lane added but not us. At the time, I was not aware of what she was trying to tell me. Now, we are happy to announce you can now pay on line for your purchase with a credit card through this process via Ruby Lane, which we have added for your convenience . Once you pay, It will show in pending status until we add the tracking number and ship it, and may take a few days for the pending status to be removed. if the order is over $300 it may take longer. We can also take credit card payments by phone using Square payments which posts right away, and our preferred method is Paypal, on which you can also use a credit card, if you do not have a Paypal account! Also remember we never ship without 100% insurance.

Jewelry Sale and Netsuke Sale: For the jewelry, we have changed the "make an offer" sale to a regular sale. If you notice some with a small mark down, it is possible I missed them and they have been marked down twice! Jewelry items which were manually sale priced at a lower price should be back at that original sale price, if you notice something, please let us know! For both the netsuke and jewelry, we have marked them down as follows, as well as updated with the original price showing. The listed price is the sale price. Mark downs are as follows. For those priced under $100, 10% off; $100-200, 20% off, over $200, are 25% off. Please let us know if you have any questions.

FEEDBACK: We Love your emails and would appreciate it if you would take the time to complete the Feedback process which was just recently put into place, it has come to our attention that the Trust Pilot Feedback process is not very clear. How to: Please go to your "My Account" then to the Purchase Order. On the bottom left of the Purchase Order, there is a little red square which says "REVIEW MY ORDER". This is currently the place to provide feedback for your experience with us and your items. Please keep in mind that anything posted here will still reflect on our store. We really really appreciate you taking the time We are today, removing just email excerpts from the last two years, and leaving you with just this one that can be found in Trust Pilot.

"For over 40 years of I have collected Japanese antiques in New Zealand from local and overseas sources, For the last year The Many Faces of Japan has been and will continue to be my "go to" online store for Japanese collectibles. This store deserves to be internationally renowned for its exceptionally high quality and reasonably priced stock. One may find something of similar quality and price elsewhere but it is only with this family run store that I have totally and invariably experienced over multiple purchase orders, each of several items, such high standards of knowledgeable expertise and advice and truly excellent service. My last order arrived in New Zealand four days after despatch and took about the same time (including a weekend) to clear Customs. The combination of the store's use of USPS linked to NZ Post means that consignments arrive securely at my PO Box. The goods are always more than adequately protected in the packing. When unpacked, one always find the pieces to be exactly as photographed and described. The descriptions reveal a depth of knowledge of their stock by the store. Pieces are always of high quality, usually rare or exceptionally refined to make them stand out from other stores' stock and of reasonable price including freight. In case you haven't got the message, I highly recommend that you make your next purchase of a Japanese collectable item - even better several items".

About our Family

Brent, Sharon and Adriane Meredith's are 30 year residents of Austin, Texas. We are a family of three lovers of the arts; musicians and artists.. For myself- Sharon, I believe that collecting researching and learning about Japanese art and antiques filled a long time void after 30 years of focusing on my healthcare career and family. I get goosebumps when I have the opportunity to hear the 200 year and older stories related to some Japanese Arts, so forgive my long stories but part of the reason we opened the store was to share this with everyone.

On July 11, 2015; we updated this post for the first time since we opened. I cannot apologize for the length, that is just the way I am! Now the below being said, Brent has been working out of town for almost a year (yes he comes home) and it is virtually impossible to get his help right now. But he is pretty good at it and loves to do it when he can. Using his background in restoration of old buildings with all type materials, thoroughly inspects our items with a jeweler's loupe (or just experience, I guess); confirming approximate ages and materials as much as possible. We do not have years of experience in antique dealing, but we try our best and do put our heart and soul into it. With still, SO much to learn.

Please know we are very real people and read on!

I had the fortunate experience of growing up in Japan as a child and the opportunity to see and learn many very special things about the Japanese culture and arts. My family brought back many beautiful items when we came home in the 70's after being there for ten years. My mother has shared them with us three daughters over the years. Other store items have been collected through auctions, stores and individuals from all over the world.

We are not experts, but do try to understand as much as possible with a lot of help from books and people.. Through this new adventure, I have had the fortune to meet people from all over the world who are also passionate about Japanese and other Asian antiques, very knowledgeable, and willing to share the information. Of course I always try to collect information from the private sellers and dealers in as much as possible, and always pass this all on to you.

The Idea to open a store started last fall in 2013, after years of struggling with the job market, especially for my husband. Reentry has been an ongoing challenge in the construction business. I have had the good fortune of working at home for almost three years now and this is something we can do together as a family. Then, Sharon took some time off this past year, but the break is over and am ready to get back to my 30 year career in healthcare.

I encourage you to read and learn more about the pieces you purchase and their related Japanese history. Or, if you just like it because it's cool and pretty, that's totally ok too. We try to give as much information as we possibly can about each item. Whenever we find we were given or interpreted wrong information, we do change a post right away.

We are just your average honest hard working folks, who just happen to love Japanese culture and arts both new and old, and find it so very intriguing. We have learned a lot since we opened, and there are probably many posts that could use some editing- or forbid- correcting. We are fortunate to have people who are willing to help us that do have the expertise in both antiques and the language.

Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions at all. Thank you for visiting,

Brent, Sharon and Adriane
The Meredith Family
Austin, Texas