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Kyoko Okazaki Exhibition

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Kyoko Okazaki is a manga artist who made huge impact in 1980s-90s.
Her manga books are not suit for small children, but for late teens or grown-ups.

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She drew poetic and realistic and painful stories with cute and sexy characters, it’s not as like ordinary happy-ending lovely girls’ manga books.
She was forced to stopped her career since 1996, a sudden traffic accident.

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Still now, so many people loves her work. We can see her almost of all works in this exhibition.

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I got washi tapes of Okazaki’s sexy girls from “I wanna be your dog”.

Literature Museum of Setagaya-Ward (世田谷文学館)
Kyoko Okazaki - Wikipedia

Holiday cake from HENRI CHARPENTIER

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This is a holiday cake ‘Bonheur de Noel’ from HENRI CHARPENTIER.
Having cakes on Christmas Eve or on Christmas is a kind of a traditional Japanese holiday feast.
You can find fancy cakes at department stores and convenience stores during the Christmas season in Japan.

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This holiday cake topped with fresh strawberries and heavenly whipped cream tastes just as delicious. A delightful and delectable cake is the joy of holidays.

HENRI CHARPENTIER

La Kagu

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La Kagu is one of the latest shopping address in Kagurazaka, the building was used as warehouse of the publisher Shinchosha.

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I wonder why but the things they are selling are very expensive, however we can have cup of drinks or some snacks at there. I believe their ketchup is homemade, it was good for refined hotdog.

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Upper floor was more interesting, Shinchosha ready their books at the small event hall, and you can buy any books at there.

La Kagu

A Japanese fan from Yu Nakagawa

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My friend gave me a very beautiful Japanese fan from Yu Nakagawa.

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I love the textile in mixture of materials of cotton, linen and bamboo and design of embroidered polka-dot.
The pretty fan makes me cool and comfortable.

Yu Nakagawa
online shop – Yu Nakagawa

Limited Selling Tenugui from Kamawanu

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Have you ever know small (and really good, I LOVE the place) Ukiyo-e Ota museum is in Harajuku? Kamawanu, Tenugui speciality branch shop is on the basement floor of this museum.
Because of that, they’re selling some limited-selling tenugui design from Ukiyo-e.

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I got “Hiroshige cats” tenugui. Cute and funny cats were inspired from the Ukiyo-e art of Hiroshige Utagawa.

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Another one is not only selling at Harajuku branch, but all of Kamawanu shops. The beautiful hand dyed design named “rain”. This tenugui is only selling at rainy day. It’s very poetic.

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Ukiyo-e Ota memorial museum of art

Tora are coming to Toraya

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Many cute tora (means tiger) folk toys and arts are coming to Toraya at Tokyo Midtown.

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Half of the shop was becoming as small pop-up museum.

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These toys were came from all over Japan. You can see how-to-make paper bobbing head tiger at there.

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And you can buy some of tigers and special limited tora-motif sweets and furoshiki (multi-using fabric).

Toraya
Tora are coming to Toraya – Toraya corporate news (PDF)
Tokyo Midtown

Asakusa stroll 2

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We went to Imado Shrine, the shrine is famous for bless of love and “maneki-neko (lucky cat) couple”.
Many girls were coming there to pray for good luck and get cute maneki-neko amulets.

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Then we went back to near Asakusa station to eat good tempura-soba.
It was a fun small adventure for the sightseer like us. I’d like to know east side of Tokyo more and more!

Imado Shrine – MUST LOVE JAPAN
Owari-ya (tempura soba) – Tabelog

Glasses Cats Chocolate from Goncharoff

I fell in love with the box of hot pink lady-like cat on glasses at first sight.

She contains cute cats’ chocolate confectioneries. All the cats has their own names, and all the chocolates are different flavors. Unfortunately the box was for Valentine’s Day so no longer we can’t get it, however today 2/22 is the Cat Day in Japan…

Happy Cat Day!

Goncharoff
Cat Day in Japan article – The Washington Post

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