Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hello Lovely Sandwiches!
How are you? It's getting warmer in Tokyo. The ume are starting to blossom and are so pretty. Springtime is so beautiful here, but at the same time it scares me that we are creeping closer to Tokyo's awfully hot Summer.
Do you remember my friend Sachiko-chan? (I first met her a few days before the big earthquake when I helped her with her workshop. ) Sachiko-chan (Sunshine To You) has had a beautiful little atelier and shop in Saitama for over three years now which sadly will close this weekend because she will move to Hayama . Yesterday I finally went to visit. ギリギリ！
Sunshine To You will be open this Saturday and Sunday, with a little closing party on Sunday from 12pm and you are all invited. Sachiko-chan will also be doing a live performance on her saxophone! If you have a chance, please visit her on her last day in Saitama. She would love to see you.
While Sachiko-chan and I were chatting away, neighbouring architect Nao-san, bought over a box of mikan to share with us! He was wearing woolen socks and outdoor slippers which was extra cute.
'Sunshine To You' is located in the same renovated house as Senkiya.
Senkiya's owner, Hideyuki-san (pictured right), cleverly renovated his family home to turn it into a cafe / zakka / gallery / bookstore and small shop.
This is what Sunshine To You looked like previously before Hideyuki-san worked his magic.
Hideyuki-san's renovation includes lots of beautiful Showa era glass which I absolutely adore.
There is a real community feel here, with Nao-san's wife, Ryoko-san, working as the chef at Senkiya cafe. I just love her and her beautiful smile.
Also on the same block is a cute little gallery and Otama, a handmade accessory studio (pictured above).
The afternoon visit was filled with sounds of traditional Japanese sliding doors, rattling glass windowpanes, laughter, and my favourite, sounds of Sachiko-chan calling out to 'Ryo-chaaaan' like family.
If you're in Tokyo, please go and visit these lovely and talented people. If you're lucky you can catch the bread man, or the bagel man, or even the massage tent. Access details here.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This city is just so photogenic. This is not even the end of my edit!
Primary school shoe collection.
Like a stage.
Playground colours and winter trees.
A nice day for a walk.
Inner city farm living.
I ended up in Kyoto's ghetto at one stage. That will teach me for wandering off to take photos.
Little quiet domestic corners near Arashiyama.
Hayashi Family. Pink, green and canary yellow.
Little patterned stack.
In the event of a fire.
I wish I could collect my mail from a retro Japanese post box.
If I had ¥100 for every time I've photographed a bike against a wall in Japan...
Lovely retro shoe shop.
The owner of this little shop was watching TV in the back room.
Singing 'Cleaning' font.
Flower illustration with lots of lovely white space.
Old school fumikiri.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It's no secret that I have a fascination with Japan's potted gardens. (Ah, more over here).
Here are a few from my recent trip to Kyoto. To be honest, I'm feeling a little nostalgic about it all. There's something about Kyoto that is pulling at my heartstrings.