Earlier this year, I went to a Japanese traditional dyeing event called ‘Some no Komichi’. It was a 3 day event held in the Ochiai/Nakai area, also known as the center for Tokyo’s traditional dyeing industry. A place where skilled craftsmen can still be seen in their workshops applying colors and patterns to kimono silks. Until 1960s, newly dyed cloths were being washed in the Myoshoji River. To celebrate the traditional craft, hand-dyed fabric were displayed in the ‘River Gallery’ over the Myoshoji River throughout the event. The shopping street was decorated with Noren (Traditional Japanese fabric dividers) that were specially designed and hand-dyed by craftsmen for the shops that participated. Local craftsmen living in the area also opened their workshops to public for viewing and some even offered a 1 day trial lesson for visitors to experience traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Here are some pictures of the amazing 3 day event!
I have a soft spot in my heart for Spring as everything in Japan starts in Spring and so did my move to Japan 8 years ago. I remember my first few days of school and how excited we were when the sakura trees outside our dormitory bloomed. Our hearts were filled with hope and excitement for the year ahead! ( Ah I was young…) What I love so much about sakura is how it adds a soft and gentle touch to our daily lives. I have recently moved to a new neighborhood and was delighted to find a quiet river lined with sakura trees. It was one of the most magical and beautiful sights ever. A hidden treasure!
Hope you are enjoying spring, wherever you are.
Hello everyone! I’m back in Tokyo after a work trip to New York. I have so many pending blog posts, it is almost impossible to blog in real time these days. But I will try my best to catch up! Here are some pictures that I’ve been wanting to share with you. Last month, I visited the Olga goosecandle exhibition in Rocket gallery and also attended their candle workshop. I’m in love with the unique style, shapes and colors of these candles!
This might be one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. It was my first time working with candles and it was so much fun! We decorated a pair of unicorns with soft kneadable wax and candle paints. I am really loving this new medium and can’t wait to try making some new shapes!
And this was how my pair of unicorn candles turned out!
★ Olga goose candle offical website
Picture taken on April 2011 – first bloom after the quake
2 years have past since the 3/11 disaster that took lives and destroyed homes of many in the Tohoku region. Even though the earthquake felt in Tokyo was nothing compared to what happened in Tohoku, I must admit that until today, I’m still deeply affected by the experience. I can only imagine how much harder it must be for those in Tohoku. I would like to take a moment to remember and send my thoughts to the victims of the disaster. I hope this will remind us how precious life is and that we should treasure every moment that we have with our loved ones, on this beautiful planet. Be strong and have hope.
Only Free Paper is a very cute shop in Shibuya filled with free promotional materials such as postcards, zines, brochures and leaflets. It is always enjoyable to visit as they have lots of information on upcoming events and guides to galleries and museums in Tokyo. Not to mention, the designs of the free papers are usually very cute and the paper quality is lovely too!
Besides free paper, they also have a small section of zines for sale. They started carrying our Polkaros lifestyle zine a few months ago and it has recently been restocked! Do drop by if you are in Shibuya and would like a copy!
Only Free Paper
Address: Udagawacho, 15-1 Shibuya Parco Part 1, Shibuya Tokyo
A few weeks ago I was walking around Kichijoji and was delighted to stumble upon a very interesting looking store in a back alley. I went in and had a nice chat with the owner, Yuichi Murakami who was very friendly and told me a bit about the background of the store. The name ‘Bondo’ came from the idea of bonding and connecting people around the world. Only about a year old, the store carries a fine collection of handmade products by upcoming Japanese artists and craftsmen. All the products are carefully handpicked by the stylish owner and his wife who both have extremely good taste. As a person who loves ceramics, I was taken away by all the great pieces by artist Takuro Kuwata. From using fruit crates for wall display to converting an elementary school cabinet to a jewelry display case, the shop interior sure has a very raw and unique handmade feel to it.
They also have a very amazing website and online store!
3-3-6 Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004, Japan
★Bondo Official Website
★Bondo Online store