The story of an object

Folksy, Photo Album by Picnika





Every thrift store has its own stories to tell; every object has its own past. When a store owner features objects collected around the world, it is not only the stories of foreign history and culture behind the objects the owner is trying to tell, but also the memories and sentiments the owner experienced with a certain foreign land. These objects often inspire boundless imagination of their places of origin.

Picnika is one of these shops in Fukuoka that focuses on vintage objects from Eastern Europe. To better deliver the culture and locality of the objects, the shop owner Shintarou Tsuru publishes a magazine called Folksy on an irregular basis. “Folksy” is a word that can truly represent the spirit of Picnika, for its dual meanings — simply unpretentious, and things that are related to folk art.

Every year, Tsuru pays around three visits to Eastern European countries like Romania to travel and to purchase his merchandise. When traveling Tsuru loves to document local culture and scenery with his camera. The beautiful pictures accompanied by simple captions are to tell readers the connection he has with the places he visited. Inside of the 24-page Folksy magazine shows an old lady in a flea market, under her headscarf is a tender wrinkled face; a shop filled with various embroidery for pillows, tablecloths, and coasters; a weary sheep against a backdrop of mountains covered in green blankets and fabrics blowing in the wind. Finally, on the last page of the magazine showcases featured items he got in the journey.

The items mentioned in Folksy have already arrived from overseas and are sitting on the shelves in Picnika before the magazine is published. Folksy tells us the heartfelt stories that embrace the history of the objects and how they are smoothened by time.