Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Yesterday, it was announced that the rainy season has officially ended and now our real summer is starting in Tokyo - tsuyu ake - 梅雨明け。
This year's tsuyu (rainy season) had been so strange, we had so many thunderstorms which has never been common for Tokyo to have at this time of year. Climate is changing a lot over the recent years, this rainy season in Tokyo really reminded me of Darwin where I spent the whole school year when I was 15.
It's funny but I think of my year in Darwin a lot lately. Probably because I recently wrote a story for The Best Wishes Magazine in their Tokyo Chapter to share the story of life and thoughts in and about the city as one of the Tokyo creatives.
When Nana, a lovely Norwegian girl who have just graduated from University in Tokyo, came to take some photos for this project and we were chatting about her life in Tokyo, how it must have been so different and challenging for her coming here all the way from Norway so young and all on here own - she is doing amazingly well - I could not help but relate myself many many years ago as a young girl travelling to Australia all on my own.
I never talk about these experiences anymore, it's been so long and I sometimes almost forget that I even once did that. It was not always easy, especially when I first got there as an exchange student at high school studying together with local teenagers, no one cared if I came from Japan. I was badly homesick but none of my friends had email address and of course there was no sms.... Oh why am I talking about this??? I am not sure, oh yes, the rainy season! Haha. The monsoon weather brought me back some harsh memories! I want to give little 15 year old me a pat on the back whenever I remember that year, that one year made me strong and because I made it through that one year I had more amazing opportunities and experiences later in Melbourne :)
Now I really forgot what I initially was going to write about in this post but thank you if you have read through this rambling talk..! I need to give my brain some good rest I think, been working too hard forever now.
I hope you are enjoying Summer (or Winter)!
Thursday, 12 June 2014
It's rainy season here in Tokyo, not my favourite season that is for sure. The rain from last night continued till the morning only the plants on my balcony are looking so green and happy. It was supposed be another kind of gloomy June morning but I was saved by this video Pandora Live at 25th Street Recording: Priscilla Ahn ! Just finished watching it through and am all feeling bright and happy ready to start tackling the deadlines! (Thank you Priscilla!!) The sky outside is looking brighter and rain has stopped too. Wonderful.
Happy Thursday to you, rainy or not!
Monday, 2 June 2014
Tokyo's coffee boom doesn't seem to stop and there has been so many new places opening here and there every month (actually I just heard another new place opened in Shibuya on Saturday!). I've been feeling I need to do an update post for my Tokyo Coffee Guide but here is a quick one with my instagram pics for now!
Two new good ones are now in my shop neighborhood which instantly became my regular coffee stops en route to the little shoppe.
One is pictured above IMA Cafe produced by Obscura Coffee Roasters which is inside a beautiful IMA Concept Store that opened in April on the third floor of AXIS in Roppoingi (only a few minutes walk from my shop ;) ). Staff are really kind and friendly and I just love the beautiful light that comes through this space in the afternoon. Also it's great that they are open till 10pm, not that I want to drink coffee late at night so often but when I feel like a good cup of coffee after good dinner with good friends it's a perfect spot for it, and it's not so easy to find a lovely and quiet anywhere to find in this area on a weekend evening.
Another one from this area is BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK at Akasaka Ark Hills B1 in South Tower. It's actually a part of a new and wonderful Fukushimaya Natural Foods Market (now my big favourite) and food they serve at the coffee kiosk here comes from this premier supermarket. It's connected to the Roppongi 1-chome station on Namboku Line (Tokyo Metro) so is very easily accessed.
I always wished someone will open a new coffee place in my home neighbourhood (Gakugeidaigaku/Yutenji/Meguro area) and now they have! Streamer Coffee Company has just opened their fourth and new (and their biggest) store in Gakugeidaigaku. Coffee was good though it was slightly disappointing that it was not hot enough for me. But I will certainly be going back soon.
I never knew about this place called Switch Coffee Tokyo that opened in Meguro not long ago until I saw it on @luismendo 's instagram, once I saw it I thought I have to try and I'm glad I did!
So now I have two new favourites for both my home and shop neighbourhood and I'm quiet happy about it :)
But I must say AMAMERIA Espresso which had been the best coffee I could get closest to home for a long time would still stay on top of my list. It's not such a fancy or hipster kind of place at all but is friendly and is loved by locals, many older people are also enjoying coffee here and creating a kind of kissaten like atmosphere especially on a weekday, which makes this place different from other new ones and that is why I like it I guess.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
On Sunday I went to the Patricia Curtan exhibition started last weekend at AT THE CORNER in Aoyama, a small gallery space run by Arts & Science. I was familiar with Patricia Curtan's works since she had worked closely with my very favourite restaurant in California, Chez Panisse. A good collection of her drawings and prints are exhibited as well as some beautiful items made in collaboration with dosa and A&S. I brought home these letterpress post cards, I really liked the tea towels too, still thinking about them...mmm should I go back.
It's on till 8th June. Exhibition info here --> Patricia Curtan with dosa