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These are some pictures from our last photo shoot. Glee Zakka is a new series of knitted items that I’ve designed for our 2011 Autumn & Winter Collection. They will be available in stores like Loft and Bleu Bluet in Japan this fall. I am happy to announce that they will also be available at our new POLKAROS online store! More updates coming soon!

Art books galore

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2011 was held in 3331 Arts Chiyoda, a very nice art space that is based in a renovated a Junior high school.

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The event was filled with lots of amazing art books and zines from all over the world.
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I was excited to see a wide variety of self-published zines made of different kinds paper and printing techniques. There were just too many cute zines with pretty colors and nice paper!
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And this was how our tables looked like! It was so nice having my table next to talented Grace Lee and Ebony from Hello Sandwich!
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Super cute Hello Sandwich wall!
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Lovely illustrations by Grace!
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Polkaros table! It was so fun selling mini zines with my new Gachapon machine!
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Will post more pictures of my new mini zines later!

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2011 ends tomorrow 18 July. Be sure not to miss it if you are in Tokyo!

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Oh I have been so busy ever since my farewell party! I am happy to announce that I will be will be participating in the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2011 this Saturday (16 July)! I will be selling my Polkaros JAPON zine for the first time in Japan.

Tokyo Art Book Fair is an annual arts publishing fair organized by Zine’s mate. You can see some lovely pictures of the event last year on Hello Sandwich’s blog here. I am so excited that my table will be alongside Ebony and her friend, Grace this year!

Do drop by if you are in Tokyo!

Farewell Party

Last thursday was a very emotional day for me as it was my last day of work at ACCENT.

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Even though there were difficult times, it all turned out to be a very wonderful 3-4 years for me at ACCENT. My farewell party was held at one of our favorite restaurants in Ebisu, Bistro Shiro. The party was filled with lots of tears and laughter! Just recollecting the event now brings tears to my eyes. I didn’t realize how much I love my company and coworkers!

I made some ‘Thank you’ stickers and friendship bands for everyone.
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My gifts were nothing compared to the awesome presents I got from everyone. I can’t thank them enough for all the thought and effort they have put into the whole thing.

First of all, my boss’s wife got me this awesome custom made bracelet that had a charm with my clown design carved on! How cute! I was so touched! ♥
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Then, they took out this Gachapon capsule machine and told me it was mine, I felt like I have won a car or something. Everyone who knows me well would know that it has been my dream to own a gachapon machine! I never thought it was possible! It was filled with capsules of little presents and messages from all the girls in the company. They are so sweet!!!!!!!

My farewell present! Gachapon!

Here comes the best part! Towards the end of the night, they took out an IMac (carried over by hand from our office) and played an awesome lip dub video that they’ve made for me. Everyone in my company, including my boss, people from our Osaka office and some ex-coworkers were in the video. I was crying and laughing throughout the whole video. This must be the most touching present that I have ever received!!!

Cover art by Craftholic designer, Iku-san.
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The mastermind behind all of this is actually my senior designer, Iku-san. For the past 3 years, we have spent almost every day together. We went to visit exhibitions together, we did photo shoots together, we went for lunch and dinners together, we travelled to London, Paris, Copenhagen, China, Hong Kong, Milan, Venice, Taiwan and Hawaii together, we talked about everything together, we went on road trips in Japan together… It is hard to imagine not seeing her that often anymore! I will miss her very much!

Me and Iku-san after crying a lot at the farewell party…
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Here is ‘The Ross Video’, filmed in Hawaii and Tokyo. Directed and edited by Iku-san. Starring Accent.

Thank you so much ACCENT! I have learned so much over the years! I will miss you all very much!

I ♥ ACCENT!

Props for photo shoot

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Today we were at Awabees renting props for tomorrow’s photo shoot. Awabees is one of my favorite props rental shop in Tokyo. It has a nice selection of toys, ornaments, kitchen goods, books, frames, furniture,…etc. Visiting props shops must be my favorite part of preparing for a photo shoot! Tomorrow, we will be shooting our 2011 Autumn & Winter catalogue at studio Pluto. I really like the set up. Check out the pictures of the studio here!

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