Japan in Fells PointNow that Japonaji has moved from its...

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July 28, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,STAFF WRITER

Japan in Fells Point

Now that Japonaji has moved from its Falls Road location to Fells Point, owner Judy Taylor Orlinsky has room for even more Japanese decorative accessories, furniture, tableware, antique chests and books, as well as crafts in the Japanese style. The new store also has a section devoted to fountain gardens and garden supplies. Can't find what you want? Japonaji has in-store catalogs to order from. There's even a decorating service if you need help pulling together a Japanese-style look.

Japonaji, located at 905 S. Ann St., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The phone number is (410) 522-1087. Perhaps the current passion for religious folk art is connected to the coming millennium and the soul-searching that goes with it, as Mary Emmerling, author of "New Country Collecting," suggests. Perhaps it's simply that people respond to the bright colors and delightful naivete of these Mexican and Southwestern crafts.

Among the most appealing are religious pictures with frames or boxes crafted from recycled tin containers like this Madonna of the Guadalupe ($29), at Something Else in Mount Washington. No two are alike, and each has an innocent charm of its own.

Weekend gardeners can get as much as they give through the new Saturday volunteer program at London Town House & Gardens in Edgewater. Volunteers help maintain flower beds, prune and work on seasonal gardening projects; but the program is set up to be an educational one with hands-on experience as well.

Volunteers work the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the 8-acre woodland gardens. For more information, call (410) 222-1919.

Steel yourself

You'd never guess what this funny-looking gadget does from its appearance. Shaped like a stainless-steel teardrop, it eliminates odors from hands without scrubbing or using soap. Garlic, onion, fish, poultry and nicotine odors disappear when you rub skin surfaces under running water for 30 seconds. The Odor-Steeler retails for under $12. For more information, call (800) 211-9608.

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