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
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Here are some of the lovely shops in Tokyo which I visited in the last couple of months which I think some of you might also love. If you click each address it links to google map.
1 & 2: Otsu Furniture (Gakugeidaigaku/Meguro) - a shop in the neighbourhood I like to visit now and then, they sell Japanese vintage furniture at relatively reasonable prices.
Address: 1-4-9 Takaban Meguro-ku
3 & 4: doinel (Aoyama-Gaienmae) - gorgeous little shop selling imported homewares and zakka. i love their great selection of bio wines too!
Address: 3-2-9 Kitaaoyama Minato-ku
5: cloth + cross (Jiyugaoka) - beautiful linen items, home & tablewares in lovely interior.
Address: 2-14-11 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku
6 & 7: B+B (Shimokitazawa) - new & fun book shop where you can also enjoy beer while browsing books. (beer + books) they sell not only books but also zakka items and even all the furniture they use in the shop. really great shop i wish it was somewhere closer to me!
Address: 2-12-4 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku
Hope you like them!
Sunday, 24 June 2012
It's in the middle of the rainy season here in Tokyo but luckily we had some not-too-bad weather over the weekend. Today we walked to Nakameguro then to Ebisu and visited some really lovely shops which I had been wanting to see for some time - they were all so amazing and I was all so inspired. I will post about my new finds later when I get the film developed after I finish the roll.
One of the things I saw today was this awesome exhibition of succulent plants at Lim Art. It will be on until 27th June so do check it out if you love plants and amazing nature of them.
Hope your weekend has been good too :)
(Photos above are from some Sundays ago, mainly taken around Aoyama.)
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
I just had another roll of film developed, which I had kind of forgotten about so these were taken a few months ago but I thought I'd share as a quick mini Tokyo guide. These are all from the area of Aoyama/Gaienmae, all very close by so you can visit all in an hour or two, all very lovely.
1&2: mina perhonen piece - just....love it!!
3: Watarium Museum - small but hosts many great exhibitions, also has a great little museum shop on the ground floor and a cafe downstairs.
4-7: Keith Haring & Barry McGee-created graffiti opposite the Watarium museum - excellent!!
8-10: Pan to Espresso to. - A cute little cafe that serves good coffee and panini.
How to get to Aoyama/Gaienmae: The closest station to this area is Gaienmae on Ginza line (exit 3) but you can easily walk to/from Omotesando.
Other than the guide I have another recommendation, my friend and a talented Tokyo based zakka/product designer Ros' new website polkaros.com has been launched! She now has a new web shop where she sells her cute products with free shipping worldwide (how generous!)!! And....the web design and development was all done by... me!! I hope you visit her new website & shop and enjoy the total cuteness of the polkaros world :)
Monday, 7 May 2012
Monday, 26 September 2011
These are also from a while ago, when I had a stroll around Aoyama. It's a lovely area being away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Harajuku and the main street of Omotesando, charming little shops are scattered around.
ARTS&SCIENCE is one of my favourite shops in this area, simple and good quality items beautifully displayed in a small but tasteful space in a little back street enchants me so much :)
They have many shops now around Tokyo but if you have a chance to go to Aoyama area I recommend you take a little further walk down Kotto-Dori street and visit this exquisite shop! (This one is lady's but their men's store is also not to miss if you like fashion, it's near the Nezu museum in the same neighbourhood)
kolor is also a cool Japanese brand to check out if you are a fashion guru!
Happy new week to you all ;)
Thursday, 11 August 2011
All above photographs were taken by me (with a permission from the shop owner of course - in case you wonder). If you are re-blogging any of these images please remember to give me credit, thank you :)
Good coffee makes me smile. So does an old Japanese house. So OMOTESANDO KOFFEE became my recent favourite coffee spot in Tokyo, naturally!
OMOTESANDO KOFFEE is a pop-up cafe opened earlier this year hidden in a backstreet of Omotesando, in a beautiful 80 years old Japanese house that is going to be demolished. (80 years old probably doesn't sound so old if you live outside Japan, but for us it is considered very old. Old buildings are very often knocked down and new ones are built in Japan - this is sad but you know this has got a lot to do with far-too-many earthquakes we have in this country!)
4-15-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku (google map)
4-15-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku (google map)
Saturday, 13 November 2010
One evening in October in Omotesando, I went to see the "minä perhonen 15th Anniversary × SPIRAL 25th Anniversary Project" Exhibition -進行中- (=ongoing), right before it ended. The day was getting shorter and when I walked up outside from the subway it was already dusk, things like that sometimes make me a bit sad. But anyway, the exhibition was really great and I was so glad I could make it to go. No photos were allowed inside the exhibition, but here you can see some photos of the "backstage".
Beautiful beautiful creations. So inspiring.
Oh how I wish I could own one of their beautiful dresses one day!