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The Smiths invited you to their dinner party. Not just any soiree. Beef bourguignon from scratch. Cheval Blanc 1947 St-Emilion. Forget about bringing scented sachets as a thank-you gift. You need sizzle. You need wow. You need a treasure from Matsu. Count on owners Dava and Masayuki Muramatsu to deliver the goods: a fabulous ecru knot-shaped vase, petite cerulean elliptical plates, or a collection of Japanese architect Kazuhiko Tanaka’s handmade figurines. In other words, your repeat invitation is guaranteed.

76 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6972,