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.

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 now runs a yarn shop in Kyoto (WALNUT, opened in 2014), online shops in Japan and the US, in addition to the publishing unit. A brick-and-mortar store was also operated in Tokyo (WALNUT Tokyo) from 2015 to August 2020.

Now amirisu magazine is distributed throughout the world, primarily through quality boutique yarn shops. The WALNUT shop welcomes visitors from all over the world and is regarded as one of the best yarn shops in Japan.

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).

amirisu 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.