Saturday, 27 February 2010
news papers, cork screws...with arms. and you...yoou know who im talking about...mum, dad, tys, han, lot, onders, gracs, kate, adie, jase, matt, willy, roland, sal, ...and oh all of YOU lovely people. i MISS you!
( and summer, i miss you too)
ps ...i realised quickly i couldnt list you all. id be here all night.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
i realise i have been a woefully bad blogger of late. i've been getting into the swing of a new job which has been occupying my time way more than i'd like. i dont get home until 11pm which has put my entire body clock out of kilter and seems to be leaving me very little time for the important things! im working on changing that asap, let me tell you!
on my day off i followed a tip from one of my students (a prize winning quilter and crafter) to this UH-mazing shop. yuzawaya is an enormous 5 story crafters haven, part of a chain in japan. i've never seen anything like it, they stock everything, i mean everything that those of a crafty disposition could possibly desire. whether quilt making, doll making, embroidery, glasswork, crocheting, knitting or leather work be your craft of choice, this place has what you need.
be warned: if you are a crafter and you ever find yourself in the kamata region, in need of a fix; enter with caution. go in with a plan. i emerged after a two hour binge, with an extremely random selection of materials. exciting? yes. pretty? yes. purposeful?...what do you reckon? planning is not my forte. these paper discs may or may not be destined for some handmade greetings cards. i have them on the brain since the rubber stamp frenzy of last week...good idea? yey or ney?
p.s they also stocked the most beautiful japanese fabrics i've ever seen so there could also be cushion covers here soon.
i really need help with japanese grocery shopping and cooking. i have become shamefully unimaginative with what my friend han has coined, my cooking carousel ( you know, the dishes on regular rotation). this is because a) im not sure what most things are and b) i wouldn't know what to do with them even if i did. anyhoo by fortuitous chance yesterday i stumbled upon this food blog. it will stop raining is a great source of simple japanese fusion meal ideas, it has me inspired! everything looks delicious and so healthy. yumyumyum.
Friday, 19 February 2010
i got the nicest surprise in the post last night! imagine my delight at opening an exciting and rare non-bill-looking envelope to find this wonderful print and mix cd, every song with 'sun' in the title.
seriously folks, it made my day- week-month-year!
my incredibly talented friend freya, she knows how winters drag for sun worshippers like me. so sent me some sunshine all they way from australia! how lovely is that!
that girl, she's a ray of sunshine :-)
for more of her sweet prints and wise word visit her etsy shop. because in opinion everyone could do with a little piece of freya on their wall.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
they have the coolest hair.
so sleek. so shiny. the variety is astonishing too. curly, feathered, straight. blonde, red, every shade of brunette and even a startling neon violet, popular with the over 70's ( japanese version of the lavender rinse).
ive been feeling increasingly self conscious of my dry, unruly mop and mousy roots. everyone here is so well groomed... yesterday i decided it was time i joined their stylish ranks and got me some trendy hair... i mean what better place to have a hip hair makeover than japan, where everything is so painfully hip and everyone but everyone has an artfully coiffed-to- perfection hairdo?
so after about 20 minutes of pacing back and forth past the entrance of a swanky looking salon. and then another five minutes of hovering by the door, one of the receptionists came out and asked if she could help me ( in japanese of course). we established that i didnt speak japanese and she didnt speak english but we managed to sign our way though booking me an appointment.
I went back a few hours later to be met with the disappointing news that there would be no hair dying that day ( or any other). apparently, despite the walls being adorned with enormous photos of western women, no one was feeling brave enough to actually give it a go. they apologetically informed me that they only dyed japanese hair. i guess the reason japan has hair down to such a fine art is that they've only ever had one type of hair to contend with here.
.. huuumph. this is bad news for me...im a girl who loves the bottle. i havent had completely natural hair since i was 13. the thought of it strikes fear into my heart.
judging by the expression on his face, (somewhere between fear and confusion) i got the distinct impression that they'd drawn straws to pick the poor soul who got lumbered with the task of cutting the mop. he did pretty good job as it turns out, although there was a moment when he set about thinning my hair with a blade that i had my doubts..
...alas, it still looks like my hair...and i have not become instantly cool and groomed as id hoped. *sigh* i guess, as the saying goes, you cannot polish a turd.
p.s errrm can someone send me some sun-in please. this situation is looking quite desperate folks.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
the weather in japan is so schizophrenic. this time last week it was the coldest day i'd had yet. snow covered the ground. i had to wear clothes in bed and i could see my breath like plumes of smoke inside my apartment. today was the warmest. it was truly balmy. and when the sun went down for a while afterwards the air smelt of warm earth.