The Many Faces of Japan

Sharon Meredith, Austin, TX   

Thank you for visiting our family owned store! Please see more below about our family, reviews, and important announcements.

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2013

Japanese Antique and Vintage Porcelains, Netsukes, Masks, Statues and 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
ANNOUNCEMENTS FIRST!

How can we help? 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 respond as soon as possible!

\. ◟( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ )◞♡⃛ Welcome to our new Jewelry and Japanese Accessories Departments now open Tuesday Sept 1. Our goal is to fill it with Japanese jewelry and jewelry made of stones and styles loved in Japan and other Eastern countries; with both fine and costume jewelry, as well as other designer pieces that reminds us of Japan. We will also add more traditional Japanese accessories such as Obidome, menuki, silk scarves, and kanzashi. (These will be found under the category “Vintage Fashion”). We have more new items and hope to have them all in our store by the end of September. We will still carry the same Japanese Antique and Vintage collections that have helped make our store what it is today.

(。´∀`)ノ Please note that all of our antique porcelain and pottery items are listed under Porcelain and Pottery as the main category, then antiques or vintage next, then by maker. This also includes categories for Okimono, ornaments and statues, and Famous Japanese Potters. We currently have 53 makers in the vintage collections, (not including those unknown); and 30 makers in the antique groups of our collections. If you are looking for a specific type of item or maker, you can type your search word in the box on the top right hand of the page called; "What are you looking for"?

(。´∀`)ノ OFFERS: As a reminder, we are always open to reasonable offers, including when an item does not have "Make an Offer" on it (Does not include "Reduced" items but may include "Sale" items). Please send us a store message with any offers for items not listed as "Make an Offer" or, if you have a question about an offer submitted for which you did not receive a response! While we cannot currently automate multiple item purchases with discounts without going in and editing every one of our over 600+ items, we routinely offer them for multi item purchases and give discounts on shipping as well- just ask, it will need to be done manually once we agree due to certain parameters. We have never turned down a reasonable offer.

Shipping notice: From the USPS: Effective June 12, 2014, the Postal Service™ is temporarily suspending Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International™ service to Brazil, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal. This only applies to First Class International. It does not apply to Priority International. Because of this, InsurePost will also not insure First Class shipments. Therefore we cannot use First class for shipping to these countries, we must use USPS Priority International. We will keep checking it to see if this has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our Facebook link is broken and I assume they are working on it for everyone. Please see the first link under our Favorites Links on our Homepage for now as well as the link to our Pinterest page!

\. ◟( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ )◞♡⃛ 8/26/15
Because Ruby Lane has just started using Trust Pilot for store reviews, we may eventually remove the below reviews. We would truly appreciate your time to complete a review on Trust Pilot. Below is just a handful of Customer Feedback since we opened. We always receive so many nice emails and phone calls when your items are received, we do not have enough room for all. (And very humbly, we thank you!) We are working on a new page on Houzz, and we would love to see your feedback there!

Have not added any in a while, had to add:
6/17: Good Morning Sharon, The Charger arrived. It is beyond my expectations in its beautiful design. The packing was professional - perfect. You are one of my favorite sites. I am interested in. Thank you again, MO in CA
6/10 Via Square credit card payments: Quality, Customer Service, Personalized. A real person will speak to you!
3/11 Just have to share this beautiful excerpt, from Italy: Gentilissima Sharon, ho appena ricevuto il piatto: sono veramente contento perché è molto, molto bello e (e anche confezionato accuratamente per la spedizione!). Sono felice che adesso abbia la sua nuova casa in Italia. Con tanto affetto, Francesco
3/1/15 Package was received Friday morning in great condition. Your packing is phenomenal. Very happy with the plate. It was even better than the picture. I thought there was a smear on the top left edge, but not so!
1/13/15 Hi Sharon, Just wanted you to know this has been the highlight of my day! I favorited your shop. Thanks so much! T In Oregon
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ 1/5/15 Sharon, The beautiful plate arrived today. I am blown away by the quality and the packing you did. I will definitely be a repeat customer! Thanks so much. Looking forward to my next purchase. I have my eye on a couple! KG in Tx
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Charming people! Very professional and know well what they have up for sale, which in my personal opinion is exquisite! Glad I found them and hope to be having many wonderful experiences in the future!
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi Sharon, We picked up the Japanese Bizen today from our mailbox. My wife just loves it. Thank you so much for the quick shipment, excellent packaging and thoughtful card! Best wishes, CN
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ sharon,got my package monday afternoon.i am happier than i thought i would be.everything about this vase is right from my view.color,shape,ratio of height to width to neck length.thank you J.T.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ The candlesticks arrived safe and sound and they are wonderful ! I'll give them a good home- N.H., Dallas.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ I picked the piece up Saturday am at the post office. Love the piece. L.R.
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Your amazing water dropper arrived yesterday -- thank you so much for the quick shipment and for the careful (and beautiful!) packaging. It is exquisite. H.S. in California
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi , Sharon thank you for the bowl and plate which are both lovely, the lidded bowl in particular. I am looking at a couple of items that you have , I shall buy something more very soon from you, Thank you T.W. The Netherlands
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Rec'd the mask, thank you, it's perfect! K.F., Hawaii
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hi Sharon, just wanted to let you know that S. loved the Netsuke. He was quite impressed with the workmanship. Thank you again for your help. K.S. in California
୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨ Hello, Sharon--got off to the PO today and picked up Sennin--he arrived in great shape. You did a terrific job packing him. I've got enough styro popcorn from you folks to get me through the holidays! Am looking forward to the arrival of the Foos. M.S., Michigan

(。⌒∇⌒)。 About our Family (。⌒∇⌒)。

Brent, Sharon and Adriane Meredith's are 30 year residents of Austin, Texas. A group of three lovers of the arts; musicians and artists.. For myself- Sharon, I believe that collecting Japanese antiques filled a long time unused artistic void after 30 years of focusing on my healthcare career and family. I get goosebumps when I have the opportunity to learn the 200 year old 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.

I decided today July 11, 2015; that it is about time to update this post, although we still get new customers daily who have not read it. 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 expertise 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 to put our heart and soul into it. With still, SO much to learn.

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.

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, willing to share the information. Of course I always try to collect information from the private sellers and dealers. and pass this 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. Now, the tables are turned and I got to take some time off, but not much longer!

We are just honest hard working folks, who just happen to love Japanese culture and arts both new and old, and find it so very intriguing. 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