Did you know that kaleidoscopes were not native to Japan? On the contrary, they were introduced to the country by merchants from the West Indies. Due to their isolation from most other lands in the early 1800s, the Japanese were wary of new ideas that would potentially conflict with the established order of things. Yet, people quickly took them into their hands. The "Hyaku-iro Megane" or "mirror tubes with hundred colors" were embraced into the culture, which is why the first-ever kaleidoscope museum was founded by Dr. Hirotomo Ochi in 1999.
Japanese kaleidoscopes designs are definitely different from American ones and that makes adding one to your personal collection of kaleidoscopes or a treasured friend's a must. However, besides collectors, Japanese kaleidoscopes are the perfect gift for that special someone.
We offer a varied collection from some of the most revered Japanese artists including Nakazato, the Yoda's, Hosono and Sato. Our assortment of Japanese kaleidoscopes is also available in a variety of materials including ceramic, glass and stainless steel. Regardless of the occasion you're shopping for, selecting a Japanese kaleidoscope will result in a gift the recipient will treasure and appreciate long after the special day has passed.