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Book Review: Eco Living Japan by Deanna MacDonald

Book Review: Eco Living Japan by Deanna MacDonald

Ever since watching the Grand Designs episode about the Japanese-style house in Monmouthshire, east Wales (and possibly for a long time before that), I’ve dreamt of having my own, beautifully designed Japanese house here in the UK. (I’ve just discovered that this property is actually available to rent for holidays now and have started dreaming … Continue reading

E-Book Review: TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels)

E-Book Review: TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels)

TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels), an e-book published by Airy Rhyme, Inc., is one of a series of e-books about traditional Japanese culture. The series aims to introduce traditional items and skills deeply rooted in Japan, and so far consists of three titles: TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels) , SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce) and WASHI (Japanese Paper). This series … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #52

Weekly Shiritori #52

Welcome to the last post in the series of Weekly Shiritori! Last week’s post was about Shimane (しまね / 島根), so this week I need to start with  ね (ne). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week (and all year!) – UK Seikatsu who suggested Nebuta-matsuri (ねぶた祭り), neon (ネオン), which is not an original Japanese … Continue reading

Hello Kitty Liberty Art Fabrics

Hello Kitty Liberty Art Fabrics

Proving that girls are never too old for Hello Kitty, I received the most beautiful Hello Kitty dinner set from my Mum for my birthday (thanks Mum!). It’s from the Hello Kitty Liberty Art Fabrics series, which is a range I have had my eye on for a while now because the designs are just … Continue reading

Kawaii: Gola x Tado

Kawaii: Gola x Tado

To coincide with the launch of Gola’s Autumn/Winter collection, the brand’s longstanding partnership with British design duo Tado (from Sheffield) is being celebrated with an exhibition of the eye-catching graphic landscapes, specifically created for the Gola x Tado collaboration, at the Boxpark Gallery in Shoreditch, London. The upstairs gallery area at Boxpark (where all the … Continue reading

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in London, ukiyo-e pop, showcases classic ukiyo-e (浮世絵 / Japanese woodblock prints) and modern art influenced by these traditional prints, which falls under the umbrella of  contemporary ‘Japonism‘. This exhibition is part two of a three-part series. Part 1 “What is Ukiyo-e?”  provided a good introduction to ukiyo-e, and this … Continue reading

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading