Inspirations

Ohayooo! A Small Japanese Design Shop in Central Copenhagen

This past summer, we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday with decor inspired by Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) in Japan. Each year on May 5, landscapes across Japan are decorated with massive strands of colorful koinobori, the carp-shaped windsocks, and the holiday is celebrated with kite flying, mochi, and other activities. We’ve always thought it was the sweetest holiday—celebrating the spirit of the child—so when we adopted the decor for her party, I was on a mission in researching koinobori. This lead me to happen upon Ohayo (which means “good morning”), a pint-sized shop in Copenhagen importing Japanese ceramics, vintage textiles, and hand-painted washi paper koinobori.

Ohayo is founded by three friends—Mika, Benjamin, and Niklas—who met while studying design for a semester at Osaka Seikei University in 2012. They were living in buildings facing one another; the story has it that each morning Benjamin would lean out of his window and scream, “Mika! Ohayooo!!” The idea for the store began then and was realized in 2017 when they opened their storefront near Gammel Strand in central Copenhagen. Here is a look inside.

Photographs courtesy of Ohayo.

ohayo proudly rotates their window design based on holidays, seasons, and new a 9
Above: Ohayo proudly rotates their window design based on holidays, seasons, and new arrivals. When the release of their coveted washi koinobori is available, the window gets a full treatment of koi.

the trio visits tokyo once or twice each year to source antiques and ceramics a 10
Above: The trio visits Tokyo once or twice each year to source antiques and ceramics and collaborate with artists. Shown here is their collection of tableware and ceramics.

an indigo noren printed with a large beet hangs in the window with koinobori fi 11
Above: An indigo noren printed with a large beet hangs in the window with Koinobori Fish and ceramic Koi Fish Wall Vases.
ohayo is small quarters: only 30 square meters (or about 323 square feet). the 12
Above: Ohayo is small quarters: only 30 square meters (or about 323 square feet). The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball Calamine No. 230.

a noguchi akari 1a table lamp and blue koi fish wall vase. 13
Above: A Noguchi Akari 1A Table Lamp and blue Koi Fish Wall Vase.

a collection of hand painted vintage wooden kokeshi dolls from the 1950s. 14
Above: A collection of hand-painted vintage wooden Kokeshi Dolls from the 1950s.

a collection of hand painted wooden kokeshi dolls from the 1950s. 15
Above: A collection of hand-painted wooden Kokeshi Dolls from the 1950s.