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Kiseru Japanese Pipe Update: Living Shop Ando - New Collection


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[Update 3: 8/5/2011] For a NEW reliable retail seller of Kiseru pipes and Koiki Tobacco please read this.

[Update 2: 10/15/2010] After some investigation and consultation with local pipe shops, the KISERU is apparently considered a "one hitter" pipe and as such is categorized as nothing more than another possible pot pipe. None of the major pipe/tobacco retailers I spoke with wanted anything to do with such "one hitters" citing major federal and state regulations. Even the head shops on Clark/Belmont Avenue, which indeed sell one-hitter pot pipes, wanted to pursue the sale of Japanese tobacco (again, citing federal/state regulations). I will continue to pursue this, though it seems the only likely current scenario is that the Kiseru pipes will be sold by a head shop and NO Japanese tobacco will be available.

[Update 1] I have been informed that as of 9/1/2010, LSANDO no longer supports the sale of Kiseru for overseas shipping. They have removed the English-translated pages from their site. The links on this page now point to only Japanese-language pages. SaruDama intends to verify with LSANDO what their policy now is regarding oversea shipping/processing and if necessary seek out an alternative location from which readers in the U.S. might obtain Japanese kiseru and tobacco.

LSando.com has a new collection of Kiseru Pipes

Living Shop Ando [LSando.com] is to my knowledge the only authentic (geographically and culturally) Japanese pipe shop which offers international currency and shipping for its excellent selection of traditional Kiseru pipes, carrying cases and the exclusively Japanese Koiki tobacco used for Kiseru. I have personally purchased from them and consider them top-notch. (You can find pics and descriptions of my purchases HERE.)

ANYWAY... LSando has just come out with its new collection of Kiseru pipes and cases if any of you are interested.

LSando is located in Tokyo Japan and thus declares it prices in YEN. However, there is a currency conversion calculator at the bottom of the page which will tel you up front what price you can expect to pay in Yen.

If in fact you choose to purchase from Ando-san, please mention that you learned of his shop via SaruDama. I think he may appreciate that.

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I was just wondering how you sent the payment to Ando-san. I got the confirmation email but when i click the link it sends me to a website in japanese and i dont know how to read it. I'm not sure what to do, could you please help me i'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.


I was wondering the same thing! I tried to get one, but I couldn't figure out how to pay for it! I clicked the link I got, saw that it was in japanese, went to a free translation site and still couldn't figure out how to pay the poor man so I could get my pipe...
I'd appreciate the help in figuring this out too! Thank you!


I was wondering if they make custome pipe's? I tired emailing them but it wasn't working, are there any more site's like this? (Beside's ebay) That would be helpful thankx


Just an update, the online shop you mentioned no longer ship Koiki to the US. This pretty much makes Koiki unattainable for anybody who lives in America.


Mr. Takamitsu's goods are still available in the US at Medwakh.com. The kizami he sells, all the kiseru, and the kamasu. If you don't see the item you want from him on Medwakh.com, just contact Bassem at info@medwakh.com, and he'll order it for you. Medwakh.com has been selling Mr. Takamitsu's goods for some time, and Mr. Takamitsu has graciously agreed, for now, to continue this relationship. Medwakh.com is in the process of adding much more of Mr. Takamisu's inventory to their own, as it does now appears Medwakh.com is the only place these items are available in the US.


Heck, just when I was thinking of taking up smoking ...


So U.S. regulators, in their infinite wisdom, believes 'one hitter' pipes are significantly befitting the description of drug paraphernalia? What kind of narcotics enforcement strategy are they playing at, ain't no sense at it!


I BOUGHT 3 PIPES FROM THIS SHOP CALLED LIVIN SHOP ANDO , NOW WHAT AM I SUPOSE TO DO ABOUT GETTING THE TOBACKO FROM THIS SAME SHOP IF I CANT READ THE SHOPS HOMEPAGE IN ENGLISH , WHAT DO I DO , I DONT HAVE ANY THING TO SMOKE IN THEM , I PLAN ON WRITIG TO THE HEAD MAN AT LIVING SHOP ANDO TO FIND OUT HOW TO JUST BUY THERE BOXED TOBACO , THIS NEW NEWS ABOUT NOT SELLING PIPES IS BS JUST BECAUSE THE BOWLS ON THE PIPE ARE LIKE THE PAST EDO STYLE OF MAKING THEM , , , SAMURI THE HEADS OFF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THIS INTERFERANCE IN OUR RIGHT TO SMOKE . . .


I tried to purchase one via the website but when it came to the
billing part it got wayyy too complicated, to a point where it
rendered me being able to buy the kiseru impossible.


Well, there's always ebay. I have seen old kiseru pipes on sale there, and very rarely a brand new one.


Good Afternoon,

Can I buy 1 Packet of Koiki Tabacco from you?
What are the total Costs to the Netherlands?
Thanks.

Kind Regards,
Martin Hoen
The Netherlands


I don't know if it's any consilation to people but if your looking for a Kiseru Jbox has them for like 17 bucks but I don't know if they take Koiki tabacco since they modded it to use cigs. If you want one just to look at it's a good deal but if someone does buy from there could you tell us if it takes the Koiki tabacco?


Hey, up until now is this still the only website that will sell kiseru pipes, or have you found out about any more? Eh, just wondering... I'm hopeful!


I had emailed Ai-San at jlist about a year ago about
the kiseru they sell and she said that they were
perfectly alright to use as a regular pipe. The
maker only resized the bowl a little bit so that if
the smoker wanted to use a regular cigarette, rather
than fiddling with RYO tobacco, just cut a piece off
and fire it up. For CosPlayers who smoke it would be
almost the best of all worlds.
Too bad we can't have a koiki blend cigarette!!
By the way, google's chrome browser does a pretty
good job of translating the pages of Andou-San's
site, but I'm still looking for the kiseru page.


if you want to order on islando.com but can't make out the site just email the guy. his english is good and he is very helpfull

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