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From left: Vintage metal dishes from Kyoto, miniature brass forks and spoons. “Our logo is shaped like a triangle, and a lot of the shop furniture is too, so I thought these dishes I found in an antique shop were nice emblems for Iko Iko. They’re only about 2 inches tall and 3 or 4 inches at the bottom. They and the little appetizer forks and spoons for me represent the smallness I saw in Japan — I always felt like a big giant there. Everyone was so petite and everything was on a more miniature scale than in America: cute cars for the cute small streets, tiny parking spaces and compact homes.”