On arriving in Kyoto in 1973 for what turned out to be 10 years' stay, we were immediately drawn to the art, both old and contemporary, fine and folk.  Japan and its antiques and art became part of our lives, and eventually our livelihood.

In Kyoto we learned from museum-going and extensive reading.. But our true education in Japanese art and antiques, and in much else, came from Mr. G. Nakajima, the long-established and highly esteemed dealer on Shinmonzen Street in Kyoto, admired and respected by friends and customers around the world. Nakajima-san provided first-hand experience of fine- quality antiques and art, as well as long discussions of life and the world, and countless good times both in his shop and in our home. 

After returning to the US in 1983, we opened a shop in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. During eight years there we were in several locations on Wisconsin Avenue and on M Street, and were happy to number among our customers local people as well as those from around the country and the world. Under the name of Tenjin Gallery, we offered picture framing to preservation standards. 

In 1993 we moved to New York City, where we continued our business in various ways. But in the fall of 2001 Steven was diagnosed with cancer, and died January 24, 2002. Although we have had to accept and move ahead after this terrible event, I and our three children will always feel his absence.

At the moment our business is reorganizing its format, in which only unbreakable pieces will be available by mail. Soon will have a shop in Manhattan open by appointment: please send a message if you'd like to visit.

Victoria Harding Giannini

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