Bring some Japanese inspired beauty, ceremony & mindful design into your home with Setamono Japanese Homeware.

Based in Cape Town, Setamono has a selection of top-tier Japanese tableware, cookware, knives, grills, Binchotan charcoal, organic incense, Furoshiki, bath & bed accessories, Matcha necessities & much more, hand-picked from suppliers throughout Japan.

The term Setamono originates from a revered place in Japan, known for its centuries-old tradition of crafting exquisite tableware and culinary essentials.

Setamono sent me a box of personally curated items that have sparked so much joy in my life.

9cm Japanese Daruma Doll R250 BUY

Darumas, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in colour and design depending on region and artist. Japanese Daruma Dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them an ideal gift of encouragement.

When purchased, the figure’s eyes are both blank white. A user will then select a goal or wish and paint in the left eye of the figure’s two eyes. Once the desired goal is achieved, the right eye is filled in.

Binchotan Body Wash Towel R390 BUY

These natural body wash towels are traditionally woven in Nara, Japan by Maruyama. The size is ideal for washing face, neck or the entire body. They are 100% naturally made with no dyes or chemicals used during production. They are super absorbent and quick-drying on account of their 4-layers, making them perfect for the bathroom. They are super high quality, durable and soft to the touch, as well as antibacterial and anti-odour. I LOVE mine.

Handmade Charcoal Incense Stick Stand R280 BUY

This beautiful, ceramic incense stand is handmade in Cape Town and the perfect partner to the Setamono Japanese Daily Incense Sticks.

Daily Incense “Sage” R240 BUY

The Daily Incense range is produced by artisans on Awaji Island, Japan. I was sent the Sage variant which has a fresh scent similar to Artemisia. The main ingredient used in the Daily Incense Sticks is ‘tabu powder’, from the powdered bark of the Machillus Thunbergii tree, which has adhesive properties and burns slowly. The powder is kneaded with water to make clay, then blended with fragrant wood for the aroma, and dye is added for colour. The properties of the powder changes with every slight detail, so this is a very skilled process, managed with constant oversight and careful attention. Watch the incredible process HERE

1L KURO-Bö Charcoal Water Filter Bottle R430 BUY

The first of their kind in the world, and scientifically proven, KURO-Bö (or “Black Stick” in Japanese) Activated Charcoal coins are inspired by the ancient Japanese process of Binchotan and are a completely plastic-free, sustainable and recyclable water purification solution.

Activated charcoal, or Binchotan attracts and draws out positively charged toxins (chemicals, heavy metals, E. coli) from your water, while depositing beneficial minerals and balancing an acidic pH.

When paired with the 1L Glass Water Bottles, a single box of KURO-Bö Köins R169 for 1 coin BUY provides 3+ months of daily naturally purified and mineralized water on the go. This Filter Set is the ideal first step to moving away from harmful and expensive single-use plastic bottles – while not compromising on design, or your health and that of the planet.

Komachi Organic Charcoal Konjac Sponge R199 BUY

I do love a Konjac sponge, because it’s a beautifully natural, yet gentle way to cleanse the skin. This black sponge is made by kneading Binchotan into a Konjac puff. When saturated with water, the sponge is covered in a membrane of slightly alkaline water. The absorption of charcoal powder thoroughly cleanses pores and removes excess oil to keep the skin clean and spot free.

Shop Setamono online at or visit Shop 5, The Old Cape Quarter Lifestyle VillageDe Waterkant, Corner of Dixon & Waterkant Street. Cape Town.

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