WAZA is an online shop based in Cape Town, specialising in quality Japanese household goods for the South African market. We are inspired by the Japanese approach of monozukuri, a concept that translates as the "art, science and craft of making things." The products we select exemplify innovative design and quality craftsmanship, while being aesthetically pleasing and durable for lifelong use. WAZA also trades at the JPN Concept Store in Cape Town and at selected markets and popup events.
Fifteen hours by plane, fifteen thousand kilometres: There is a lot of water between South Africa and Japan. For generations people from both countries have perceived each other as far removed in distance and psychology – and little has changed in the 21st Century. There is very little precedent for focussed, active contact. Very little precedent, but the little there was, came surprisingly early.