Tuesday, 8 April 2014

SAKURA








So, the sakura cherry blossom season came about a week later than usual and is already going. I enjoyed it mostly in my neighbourhood there are some nice spots for sakura near where I live which are Himonya Park, Yutenji Temple, Nakameguro Canal, Rinshi no Mori Park, etc...

Nakameguro had always been my favourite to go see sakura for like 15 years, but it is getting so popular over the last few years and the crowd is quite overwhelming now. I mean it had always been popular there, but not like now. When I was coming home from Shibuya one weekday without realising I was getting off at Daikanyama (when sakura is around it's hard to go straight home!) and so I decided to walk home, when I got to Nakameguro it was so crazy that I could only walk one block along the canal and I just turned away from the sakura tree lined canal, got a take away cappuccino from Taste & Sense and kept on going. I am never good with the crowd. Of course t's still beautiful, but I much prefer enjoying it without so many people around like how I used to be able to before...like in this amazing year when they did not even put lanterns. I am living in the old days, in good memories....hahaha

The most memorable ohanami (sakura viewing) this year would have to be the Kamakura visit with my friend Aron. We went hiking in the mountain in the poring rain... Well, we could get away with the crowd for sure and it was a lot of fun anyway. I will post about our crazy ohanami trip to Kamakura later when I get my film developed soon!

The last photo is of me taken by Aron :)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

MIMOSA


Finally it's starting to get warmer in Tokyo and signs of spring are seen everywhere, it's the simply joy. Mimosa trees outside my shop are having adorable little yellow flowers, Christmas roses and Muscaris have come out and flowering so beautifully as if all promised, it's all so much slower this year but it's all so lovely. Soon it will be the sakura season, my favourite time of the year to be in Japan. I can't wait!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

THREE YEARS TODAY


It started like this, it was supposed to be just another day, it was cold like today. The plum garden behind our old apartment must be so pretty right now with blossoms. It was quiet and peaceful, just like today.
I've been thinking about that day all this morning, that day 3 years ago, the day that was going to be a normal day not going to be looked back.

It's not something that just happened then and is okay now.
Because it really is still not okay.


Thinking of Tohoku and the victims of the tsunami & earthquake including the 267,000 people still living in temporary housing after 3 years.



Monday, 10 March 2014

NISHI-OGIKUBO WITH ROS






There are some interesting towns along Chuo-Line but I have never really been so familiar with this area, the west side of Tokyo. Last week for the very first time in my life I finally got to set my feet on Nishi-Ogikubo a fun little town with many lovely and unique small shops for zakka and antiques. There still are so many great places I haven't been to in Tokyo although I am from here. Ros showed me some of her favourite spots in Nishi-ogikubo, like when she showed me Yanaka Ros always introduces me to a new and exciting parts of my hometown Tokyo. Ros has a very deep understanding and excellent appreciation for the Japanese culture both modern and traditional and how she sees Tokyo and Japan is always very interesting and inspiring to me. Many people think she is Japanese but she's from Singapore who manipulates Japanese and Mandarin (and Cantonese too?) on the equally high business level to her native English. Such an amazing person!

Ros is also a great fan of Kokeshi, a Japanese folk art wooden doll, and she took me to this really cute cafe called Nishiogi Itochi Tea & Kokeshi seen in the photos above. It was a perfect spot to end our Nishi-ogi rendez-vous! Pop over to Ros's blog to see great shots and read about this place.


And here are addresses for some shops we went:

ていねいに。Teineini - cafe
1-18-1 Nishiogi-minami Suginami-ku

FALL - gallery & zakka
3-18-10 Nishiogi-Kita Suginami-ku

Poefu - selected women's clothing
3-2-3 Nishiogi-Kita Suginami-ku


There are many more to check out, Mogu-chan gave me some of her favorites too so I really need to go back again hopefully soon!





Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Nihonbashi



A couple of weeks ago I had a roll of film developed finally after so long. I think it was October last year when I loaded that film, or so I thought. Negatives came out all blank and there was nothing there. There was a lot of fun things happening in autumn, I met up with many lovely people I met through my blog and took pictures here and there. I was excited to be finally sharing them here but there is nothing.....

Oh well, I hope this will not happen again. Must be more careful.

The photo is from a lovely little art supply store in Nihonbashi called Yubendo. Obviously it was closed on the day I went, I quite liked how it looked when the store is closed, looked as nice as when it's open.

p.s. Today I've been playing Priscilla Ahn's new album that has just been released, This is where we are, it's really nice and I love it. You can watch the videos on her website :)

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