Saturday, October 31, 2009


So as i ease back into my Sydney life (albeit with uncertain job future) I'll attempt to recap some of the trip. If you ever find yourself in Tokyo make sure you go to Shimokitazawa. It's not far from Shibuya. We went on a Sunday, most things opening 10.30 or 11am. Why was it worth it? Well because it was different... lots of little laneways with little shops selling lots of little things. Handmade bits, cool homewares, gifts and zakka.
What is Zakka?

Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka'(雑貨)or 'many things'). The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and outlook. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin. The interest in Nordic design or Scandinavian design, both contemporary and past, is also part of this zakka movement. Zakka can also be contemporary handicraft.

Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". It also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. "Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext." - wikipedia

HHmmm... I Love this discovery of Zakka! Finally what i make and do makes sense!

The cafes we found were gorgeous.. but 'found' probably is the operative word. They are well documented in gorgeous little books - but you will need a japanese friend if you don't read the language... thankfully i had some (friends) .. and to them i was grateful for seeking out peaceful little retreats.. that often had eclectic decor amongst dark wood interiors...

THEN... we struck the jackpot and visited the A to Z Cafe (in Omotesando, near Harajuku). It was a joint project between Yoshimoto Nara and a design firm. For me it was just bliss! Seated on mis matched retro furniture, flanked by worn wooden walls i was busy checking out the art.. while the wait staff said no to photography - the middle of the cafe featured an almost garden shed structure.. which showed Yoshitomo Nara's desk, drawings and works in progress. Some of the tables were also adorned with his work..
I sipped an ice coffee while we shared chestnut ice cream and a Japanese sweet. (The sweet is the chewy consistency of turkish delight, round, soft and slightly powdery on the outside like a cherubs bottom!) It comes with a sort of brown sugar syrup you can pour over it.. depending on how much pavement pounding you still need to do..

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween

Spooky indeed. As Halloween approaches just thought I'd share ...that in Japan they are Halloween MAD! I don't know how they actually celebrate the night - BUT leading up to the night the decoration is amazing.. It was everywhere - from the window displays to the plastic food models to train stations to shopping alleyways.
The bakeries were churning out pumpkin scones and did i see a pumpkin kit kat or imagine it?
Trick or treat?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I'm back!

Wow! who can believe it. Just over 2 weeks spent in Japan. What did i do?
Ate gorgeous pastries and wonderful little bits of loveliness from ceramic bowls of varying sizes.. checked out the shops for stationary supplies.. went hunting around alley ways and back streets for tiny handmade items
and naturally had a ball! I missed you all of course. So stay tuned and I'll edit some shots of scenic + crafty finds with some commentaries.. have also got some great books and heaps to show you.

Although... while i was away the magazine i work on had to close - therefore making me redundant... hhmmm nothing like receiving that info to give you some thinking time on holiday! So I'll endeavour to post my trip as soon as possible but arrived back yesterday and need to have a think about my situation...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 6 Kyoto

Glasses for customers in the local bank


met lots of artist + stamp makers today. heaven. x

Day 5 Osaka

had wonderful day with tae! shes so gorgeous. she took me to amazing laneways looking 4 tiny things. $4 dinner in room 2 night. loving it all. pics from osaka.xx

Day 3 - Tokyo

dudley tries to relax.
it is holiday at akihabara. public holiday. fabric town shut. sandwiches delightful from andersen bakery at uneo.
spent an hour in muji.
so hot here!
all winter stuff in shop.
off 2 uniglo!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Day 4 - konichiwa!

This is Dudley! Thanks very much to miss R for The updates. Japan is of course awesome!Today started with The shinkansen to kyoto. included amazing green tea parfait.a lovely stroll around Gion,kyoto.a gorgeous textile discovery.
Am enjoying holiday mode。much to report later!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 1 and 2... work experience dudleys first 2 days!!!!

went to kitty land. and.... Purchased : )

went to Japanese antique shop

found yoshimoto cafe. "WOW!"
this is Dudley's room in Tokyo.


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