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Hand made candles “vida=feliz”

Hand made candles

A very sweet candle-making book has just been released!
It shows you how to make candles of a doughnut, a baguette or a rose and a Ranancuras, which all look so very real.

Hand made candles

Hand made candles

I was given a doughnut candle as a gift, but it is just too lovely to light &let it melted…
There are also the candle-making workshops, but they would be fully booked straight away every time. It would be a miracle if you can join the workshops !

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kirigami : cutting paper art

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kirigami

At the moment, I have been really into “KIRIGAMI”!
It is a paper motif made up by folding, cutting and then reopening a piece of paper.

Kanako Yaguchi has published several “KIRIGAMI” books, and among them, I love the “OTONA NO KIRIGAMI NO HON”(ISBN 4569692354) most.
The other day, I was making “KIRIGAMIs” with the book like mad , and have ended up loads of them…

There is a website that lets you make a “KIRIGAMI” online, too.

This is for the Japanese style.
“MON” is Japanese traditional patterns often used for “FUROSHIKI” or “wagashi”, and these “MONs” can also be made by “KIRIGAMI”.
How about putting the “MON” you made on a card or a coaster?
Or using a fabric “KIRIGAMI” for an appliqu?, which would be cute, too!

MON

MoMA Design Store, Tokyo OPEN!

On the second of November, the MoMA Design Store was opened in Omotesando. This is their first store overseas.

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There, they have a lot of products that you cannot get from their online shop.
I found that Anemone Pen, which is also very popular at 8tote’s real shop!! (@o@)

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moma design styore ,tokyo

MoMA Design Store
5-10-1 GYRE 3F
Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo

MoMAstore – MoMA Design Store Open
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Asakusabashi – Shimojima,Kiwa,Mokuba

If I take you to look around Tokyo, I would take you to Asakusabashi.
Well, if around the JR Akihabara station is a “town of OTAKU nerds”, then the next stop Asakusabashi is a “town of handmade”.

You can get beads and accessories materials, ribbons and other hand craft stuff at wholesale price.

Because Asakusabashi is wholesale-stores area, you can also find many other goods like commercial wrapping papers, display supplies or artificial flowers.
Of course, many stores accept a purchase for retail, so I often visit Asakusabashi for shopping.

I’d recommend “Shimojima

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Come out from the East Exit of JR Asakusabashi, walk to the left along the Edogawa Street , then next to a bakery there is 8-story shop building. That’s Shimojima’s 5th shop.. This one has the largest variety and number of goods of all Shimojima’s.
As it was close to Halloween, there were full of Halloween goods. (Google Maps)

If you are into beading accessories, then you should not miss visiting “KIWA”!
Come out from the East Exit of JR Asakusabashi, walk to the right along the Edogawa Street, then you see “KIWA” right away.

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There are always so many people busy with getting their beads and accessory parts. (Google Maps)

Or if you like ribbons then check “MOKUBA”.

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They have so many ravishingly gorgeous ribbons.
You can purchase from one meter. Take a roll you like to the counter and ask them to cut it to your desired length. (Google Maps)

Shimojima
KIWA
Mokuba New York

Tokyo Designer’s Week 2007

tokyodesignersweek.pngFrom 31st of October to 4th of November, 2007, “Tokyo Designers Week” has been held at Meiji Jingu Gaien in Aoyama, Tokyo.

It was an art festival with more than 1,000 exhibitors,companies, school, embassies, & designers from over 20 countries around the world.

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The “BLICKFANG” trade show, which has been held in Switzerland and Germany and “Japan Brand Exhibition” were there for the first time.

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70 shops of interior, zakka and select shops in Tokyo also joined the week as “shop exhibition”, too.

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Tokyo Designer’s Week 2007
JAPAN brand

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