About Us

Inspiration from the Japanese knitting and craft scene.

amirisu is a print and online magazine that launched in August 2012. The founders, Tokuko and Meri, met through Ravelry in 2011 and decided to start a magazine together after a few lunches and cups of coffee. They were both frustrated by a lack of modern and elegant knitwear patterns that can actually be worn to work and thought that knitters in other countries, not just in Japan, had the same frustration. Thus the bilingual knitting magazine, amirisu, was born.

amirisu magazine first debuted in print in 2014 and is now sold in over 120 stores in 24 countries around the world. (Check here to find a stockist near you!) The WALNUT shops welcome visitors from all over the world and is regarded as one of the best yarn shops in Japan.

After a few years of publishing the magazine, amirisu co. was established and the collaboration between the two evolved into a business partnership. Based in Kyoto, the heart of the Japanese textile industry, amirisu runs brick-and-mortar yarn shops in Kyoto (WALNUT, opened in 2014) and Tokyo (WALNUT Tokyo, opened in 2015), online shops in Japan and the US, in addition to the publishing unit.

amirisu has run an annual retreat in Nasu, Japan, since 2014.

To find out more about our journey, head over to Woolful Podcast or Morning on the Dock (a podcast by Squam Art Workshops).

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Meri

Co-owner of amirisu and the editor of amirisu magazine. Meri is in charge of the US operation and business development, as well as the webmaster.

Our Online Stores

amirisu kurumi: North America
Based in the USA, amirisu kurumi is our online shop for customers in North America. All items are shipped from our Portland, OR, warehouse.

amirisu Online Shop Japan
Our Japanese online shop for for customers in Japan.

amirisu International Store
Our English online shop based in Japan for customers in Asia, Europe, and Oceania.