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Decoden 2 : mobilephone decolated with sweets motif

Now decolation trend is sweets motif. small macaron, small chocolate, small fruits, small cupcakes are sticked to gadgets.

kawaii tokyo

kawaii tokyo

kawaii tokyo

kawaii tokyo

kawaii tokyo

I don’t know how to call by these phone. haha


Beekeeping at home


This book explains how to easily keep honeybees at home. Even if living in the urban city, many prople want to feel natural life.

You can study honeybee’s behavior, how to keep honeybees and how to make honey or beewax by reading this book.

Now we have a food camouflage ploblem. We don’t have a parfect way of distinction. So, I think that making foods by oneself will be one of global trends.

庭で飼うはじめてのみつばち – 自家製のはちみつ作りをしてみませんか?

Junie Moon Autumn window

Junie Moon Autumn window

Autumn comes to the show window of Junie Moon the Blythe doll shop :)

Junie Moon Autumn window

Junie Moon Autumn window

now we can enjoy the exhibition “Trash or Bear” inside shop Gallery LELE.

Junie Moon Autumn window

I got the special color eyes for my Blythe Peony… she will be operated on…

Junie Moon & Gallery LELE
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buy some casual pop art – POPBOX


many rising pop culture artists sales or display their work in Shibuya Loft.
Many of them held exhibits in small booths.


All of these are the same white boxes, but very different from their unique arts.
Passing costumers could enjoy their live paintings.



knot : crochet lace necklace

knot : crochet lace necklace

The Japanese accessories brand “knot”is established by jung-jung and Miki Fukushima. They produce wonderful accessories twisted with simple crochet lace.

knot : crochet lace necklace

I like their accessories a lot. It’s suitable for variety of my clothes.

knot : crochet lace necklace

They published the book to explain how to make accessories. You can make them to refer the book.


make your own fake sweets ;)

fake sweets book

I love sweets, even it’s not edible…
now we can know how to make fake sweets easily from this book :D
macaron, donut, cream puff, roll cake, & more.

fake sweets book

all of these are made from some kind of silicon, clay, acrylic colors or so.
just for enjoy decorate ourselves or our places. ;)
calories FREE!

fake sweets book

Amazon.co.jp: How to make cute sweets

Fugeiten : Japanese crafts with a modern attitude

We’ll leave Japan for the United States next week.

And we are going to hold an exhibition called “Fugeiten” in Santa Monica. Let’s meet in Santa Monica if you are in the suburbs of LA.


fugei2008sa.pngFugeiten is a project of textile crafts with a modern attitude, collaborating with traditional craftsmen in the provinces, or making with vintage clothing in japan.
DAY : July 18th(Fri.) – August 3rd(Sun.) 2008
AT : tortoise

  • 1342 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice,CA 90291 Google Map
  • tel : 310-396-7335
  • FAX: 310-396-7336
  • shop hour: noon-6pm or by appointment closed: Mon/Tue

In this exhibition we would bring “Koginzashi” bags and crafts. “Koginzashi” is an old handcraft In Aomori province, north of Japan. The farm women embroider on hemp in snowy winters.

What’s “Koginzashi”

“Koginzashi” is one of the technique of quilting to come to Aomori province in the northern part of Japan.

The farm clothes had called “kogin” in Aomori, so it’s called “Koginzashi”. A white cotton thread quilted in a blue “hemp cloth” in old days.



During the Edo Period (1603-1867), farmers did not wear clothes made of cotton; instead, they wore layers of clothes made from hemp to withstand the cold.

The women from the farming villages then began to stitch cotton thread into the hemp cloth in necessary places to reinforce the fabric and keep the body warm.

布芸展 2008年 秋篠の森The product of these women’s knowledge, those who made a living amongst the harsh nature of the northern country, can be seen today through “koginzashi” embroidery.

“Koginzashi” embroidery is known for its hand stitching technique, in which white cotton thread is stitched through each hole of the indigo-coloured fabric.

Today, either wool or cotton is used depending on the function, and the colours available and the times have changed, the colour scheme has increased as well.

This beautiful and simple geometric pattern, which continues to be created by hand and stitch-by-stitch, has become a symbol of the strength and delicateness of the women of the northern country.


“Koginzashi” was reevaluated by “Mingei-movement“(Japanese original art movement of a folk-art) about 70 years ago. Now, we’ll do it again.

tortoise: greeting
Mingei (Wikipedia)
koginzashi (Aomori pref.)

Yuzawaya :department store for hand crafts

Yuzawaya Kichijyoji

Yuzawaya is a department store of the hand crafts near Kichijoji station.
It is interesting almost as same as Tokyu Hands.

  • 1F character’s goods, flower arrangement
    2F doll
    3F lingerie, gentleman / child underwear, jigsaw puzzle
    4F woolen yarn, outfitting materials, yard goods, button, sewing machine, wig
    5F menswear order, interior, kimono, kitchenware
    6F art supplies, stationery, cosmetics
    7F hand crafts materials, beads, flower materials

And radio control circuit ground on the roof!

Take Inokashira Line from Shibuya, and get off at Kichijoji station.

Yuzawaya Kichijoji


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