Thursday, August 22, 2013

'Yebisu Style' Magazine Photo Shoot

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Love you, you mega-city Tokyo! This is the view from the 39th floor of 'Top of Yebisu' (in the Yebisu Garden Place in Ebisu). Hanging out in 'local' Shimokita most days I sometimes forget that this city is just crazy huge! Can you spot Shinjuku in the background there? That's about a 9 minute train trip from my place. Worlds busiest train station!
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I was asked to be in the next issue of 'Yebisu Style' magazine which is a magazine published by Yebisu Garden Place. There will be a spread of 'Hello Sandwich's Ebisu', a kind of osanpo (walking) tour, and also special select page of cute items from Mitsukoshi Department Store and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Shop.

By the way, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography are showing some great shows at the moment, if you're in the mood for some inspirational Japanese photography. The museum will be closing in 2014 for a year to renovate! Oh no! (And by the way, there's an Andreas Gursky show on now at the National Art Centre in Tokyo)


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We all set out, the Editor, Writer, Photographer and myself, on a 34 degree heat day (plus some crazy Japanese Summer humidity) to take photos around town. I'm not sure if you could call it 'work' though, it certainly didn't feel like work. More like friends going on a walk together exploring the city.

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Ebisu is a wonderful little suburb with such diversity. One minute you can be viewing Tokyo from a fancy rooftop restaurant at Top of Yebisu, and the next, you can be wandering around back streets such as this.

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If I could live here (and wasn't scared of earthquakes in old buildings) this would be the perfect house, no?

I really wish I could peek in through the window, to see if there was a kotatsu with a mikan sitting on it, a stack of old manga, a pink tiled bathroom, or tatami floor with floral slippers in the genkan. A serious Japanese home. That's where I'd like to live. Extra points for a retro serious Japanese home where the previous owner just decided to walk out one day, and I moved in the next, the place left exactly as is. That's my dream.


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So, please stay tuned for the release of the next 'Yebisu Style' magazine next month!

Thank you Mika-san for inviting me to be a part! 楽しみにしています!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

18 comments:

  1. I'm sure you had a great day! Huge city. I love that old building with green plants. Thanks for sharing your day!

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    1. Thanks so much Kreetta!
      Yeah, that building is super amazing, isn't it!
      Thank you for commenting!

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  2. That house is amazing! Ebisu looks like a really sweet place too :)

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    1. Isn't it! It's a great place Ebisu, I go there a lot for work but it was fun to explore it in this way!

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    1. Thank YOU Mika-san! It was such a fun day and the PDF layout looks so super cute! Tanoshimi!

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  4. I would have liked a peak into the house as well. Thanks for all those great photos.

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    1. Yes! I should go back with some binoculars, ha ha!

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  5. your pictures always make me happy!

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  6. Sometimes I think I love the quite backstreets of Tokyo much more than the sprawling metropolitan areas. I 've never taken the time to properly explore the backstreets of Ebisu, but it looks fun!

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    1. Absolutely! I love the backstreets so much more! My ideal day is taking my camera and riding around Tokyo's backstreets!

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  7. Hello, hello!

    Been looking at your blog for a little while now but first time commenting. Seeing your blog and all the gorgeous photos actually inspired me to start toting my actually camera around here instead of defaulting to my phone all the time!

    And I loooove ボロボロ houses! Not sure I could live in one for the same earthquake fear but I always, always take photos of them, myself. :3

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    1. Hello Miss Wave,
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      I'm so happy you also love taking photos and yes, it's so easy to just use the iphone isn't it.
      Yes, ever since the big quake on March 11 I don't think I could sleep easy in one of those houses - although they look amazing! Must be freeeeeezing in winter, too!

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