The Home of Taiko-kun | Taiko Accessories & Gifts

San Diego, California | 126 Sales


The Home of Taiko-kun | Taiko Accessories & Gifts

San Diego, California 126 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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My Story

Hi there! I'm a designer, taiko drummer, crafter and observer of life all mixed into one. I come from a very creative family so it's not surprising that it rubbed off on me. As a kid, I was always surrounded by some form of art followed with art lessons - music, dance, voice, ceramics, sewing, craft classes - you name it, I probably took it.

Thankfully, my learning didn't just stem from the classroom. I had my own personal teachers at home. I learned to draw through my dad and I learned to crochet and sew through my mom and grandmother (...ooh and a kooky crochet teacher from Spain who taught classes at my community center in Chicago).

Then as life tends to do, I experienced a warp in time and my creativity was put on hold. I had to do all the "adult" things in life like graduate from college and the whole bit but I think I'm back where I'm supposed to be - back in touch with putting my creativity to some use. Honestly what was I thinking, putting it away for so long?!

For the most part I tend to doodle, sketch, draw, paint, sew, crochet and design. I can’t help it, it's in my blood - I love to live creatively. My work is inspired by constantly observing life and the various things around me. I like transforming all the mundane things in life and putting my own little spin on them. They aren’t so bad if you give them a little heart. I think everything has a heart once you find where it is.

I'm a sucker for cute “kawaii” things, unique styles of art, made in japan anything, my little dogs, funky shoes, handbags, hot cocoa, dark chocolate, peanut butter jelly sandwiches and Snoopy. I love getting lost in craft stores and getting excited about paper, beads, yarn, buttons, stickers and new ideas. Oh and yeah, I play Taiko (Japanese drums) - I guess that's pretty obvious huh? :)

If I could sit down and have coffee with any three artists it would have to be:
1. Charles M. Schulz (creator of Snoopy)
2. Walt Disney (creator of Mickey Mouse)
3. Yuko Shimizu (creator of Hello Kitty)

I'm a strong believer in loving what you do. If you follow your heart and your dreams with passion you'll always succeed.

a good dose of happy + a dash of heart = Mykky

Thank you for visiting and for supporting my work!

"Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors."
~W. Eugene

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 15, 2013

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I take pride in everything I make and sell. I love my work and I want you to love it when you receive it! If you are unhappy with an item I will do everything within my power to fix whatever is wrong. Please let me know within 5 days of receipt to determine a resolution.

I live/work in a smoke-free environment!

♥ Workmanship Defects ♥
If a Taiko-kun or Taiko-chan arrives defective please e-mail me within 5 days of receipt so we can arrange a return. At the buyer's choice I will either remake it or accept a return for full purchase price less shipping.

If a refund or exchange is necessary, return shipping is the buyer's responsibility.

**I cannot send you a replacement or cannot issue a refund if your package was lost or damaged.**
While Paypal is preferred, I also accept checks and money orders.

Credit Cards, e-checks and debit cards are accepted through Paypal.

Orders paid by e-check will ship after they have cleared (typically takes 3-7 business days to clear e-check payment)!

You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay for your order securely using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex or e-check -- just click "continue" next to "Don't have a PayPal account?" and take it from there!

** If you are paying online, payment is required within three days of our sending you an invoice by email or it will be cancelled, re-listed and up for grabs.

If you're in any way confused about the checkout or payment process, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions about PayPal and Etsy checkout!

Prefer sending a check or money order? That’s ok too.

** If you are paying through the mail, the payment must be in the mail within three days of our sending you the bill or it will be cancelled, re-listed and up for grabs. As a little courtesy, just send me an email or convo when it is in the mail so I know your payment status.

To ensure sufficient funds, we do not ship until all funds have cleared.

8.75% sales tax will be added to your total during the payment process for all California shipments. PLEASE enter the correct CA shipping address in PayPal so the sales tax will be calculated. If you are a non-CA resident but request shipping to a CA address, your payment will be refunded and I will send you a new invoice to collect CA sales tax.

** Please note, regardless of payment method, ALL payment must clear before I can ship! Thank you for understanding! **

In case you are still making up your mind, if you would like to have an item reserved for you, please let me know :)
Items will be shipped to the address provided with payment (PayPal address if you are paying online), so please check it conforms with any address you submit via check-out. Discrepancies between the two might delay shipping until I am able to confirm the shipping address with you. If you need me to ship to another address, please email or convo me immediately to avoid mis-directed mail. To modify your PayPal shipping address book, please visit:

If you don't have a PayPal account you can still pay by credit card. Check out this posting to walk you through it:

♥ Timeframe ♥
Once payment clears, I typically ship on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays, unless there is a holiday or I am out of town. If so, my shop announcement will inform you of any possible shipping delays. If you have a particular deadline and need me to ship your package right away, please let me know. I'm always happy to work with you. All orders are processed and shipped in the order received.

♥ Domestic Shipping ♥
Items are shipped via first class mail, after receiving payment and payment has cleared. I ship out on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays unless there is a federal holiday or I'm out of town, in which case your item will be shipped out the day before or the day after. The day your package ships, I will email you a delivery confirmation number.

The day your package ships, I will email you a confirmation email with a USPS tracking number.

♥ International Shipping ♥
Items are shipped out via first class global (formerly airmail), after receiving payment and payment has been cleared. I ship out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless there is a federal holiday, in which case your item will be shipped out the day before or the day after.

Sometimes, this method of mail can take a long time to deliver. If you would like your package shipped Global Priority, please email or convo me regarding the extra fee.

♥ Packaging ♥
Items are shipped in plain boxes. Gift wrapping is available at no extra charge upon request.

♥ Mailing Direct/Gift ♥
If you would like the item mailed directly to a gift recipient, please convo me with the detailed information or in the notes to seller upon check out. I will include a card and/or message to the receiver to let them know whom the item is from and any special message you would like to include.

♥ Package Arrival ♥
All items are shipped via USPS First Class Mail which arrives in about 3-5 business days domestic and 7-14 business days international.

♥ Additional Postal Services ♥
All domestic purchases include a delivery confirmation number. If you need priority shipping, add insurance or upgrades on any service please email or convo me before your purchase so I can make the necessary adjustments to your invoice.

► Title/Risk of Loss, Damage, FOB place of shipment (USPS, FedEx, other carrier):
By making payment, buyer agrees title to the ordered goods passes to the buyer at the time and place of shipment. Buyer authorizes seller to send the ordered goods to the buyer. Buyer also agrees s/he understands optional insurance is available at an extra cost (read below for details) and assumes the risk of loss and/or damage after seller gets purchased item(s) to the carrier (USPS, FedEx or similar common carrier).

► Buyer has option to add insurance:
INSURANCE is optional and can be added at an additional fee. Please email or convo me if you want this option. I am not responsible for any package lost or damaged caused by a third party once the package has left me. I cannot send you a replacement or cannot issue a refund if your package was lost or damaged.

Please don't ask me to commit an US federal offense by marking "gift." Thanks!

► CUSTOMS FEES/DUTY TAXES/VAT (Value Added Tax) (except for California state sales tax added & collected during PayPal payment):
Importation duties or other taxes may be levied at destination and are not included in purchase price or payment. These fees are buyer's responsibility. ALL packages will be marked "commercial sample/merchandise" on the customs form. Please don't ask me to commit an US federal offense by marking "gift" or less than actual price. Thanks!

In case you’re wondering, I do not make a profit from shipping. All costs cover packaging & USPS fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
All the Taiko-kuns and Taiko-chans in my shop are individually handcrafted with love by me. Each little one has its own personality and individual characteristics. No two are ever the same. All computer monitors vary, therefore your item's "real life" colors may vary slightly than what you see on your screen.

♥How soon can I get my Taiko? ♥
Well, all my Taiko are handmade by me so please allow 3-4 days for me to make them. Unfortunately on hand stock varies from time to time, so check with me to see if i have any pre-made ones available. Also please keep in mind, creation time will vary depending on how big your order is and/or on earlier orders placed by other customers.

♥ Need to ask a question? Or just want to say hi? ♥
Don't be shy. I love messages! Just send me a note by clicking "contact mykky" on any of my shop pages.

♥ Free gift services ♥
If your purchase is a gift for a special someone, just let me know in the notes to seller box or via convo. Your recipient will receive a pretty wrapped package and a personalized message from you.

♥ Multiple Orders ♥
Just let me know how many items you would like to purchase! I will make a custom listing for you.

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Taking care of your item:
In the event that your Taiko-kun or Taiko-chan gets dirty, please carefully surface clean the area. Placing him/her in the washing machine is not recommended as this may result in damage. :(

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Safety Hazards:
Every toy in the shop is comprised of smaller pieces (safety eyes and embellishments) that are carefully attached together. These parts may present a choking hazard if the toy is taken apart. As such, these items are NOT suitable for children under the age of 3. It is also recommended that the item NOT be used as chewing toys for pets. Our shop assumes no responsibility in the event of an accident due to the product. Please be safe and treat your Taiko-kun or Taiko-chan with care. :)

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♥ Show me some love ♥
If you love you item, which I know you will, please let me know in the form of FEEDBACK. If for some CRAZY reason you have a problem or are not happy CONVO me before you leave your feedback so we can come to a resolution. Remember, your happiness is my top priority so let's work it out :)

♥ Consignment/Wholesale ♥
I'd love to do consignment and wholesale, I just need a bit of notice so that I can accommodate you – since I make everything with my own two little hands :) Convo me!

♥ Show us some love on Facebook ♥
Taiko-kun has his very own page on FB and loves to see what his brothers and sisters are up to. If you take them out on trips or bring them out and about, please share it with us.

Follow us to keep up-to-date on new items and new adventures.
If you have any other questions or concerns that are not addressed, please convo me or email me at: etsy[at]mykky[dot]com