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Feeling Fruity

June 28th, 2011 — 10:09pm

Last Saturday I did a big walk from Shinjuku to Shibuya. My goal was to finally visit Takashi Homma’s ‘New Documentary’ exhibition, something I’d been wanting to see since March. I also wanted to walk around the area just to get the sweet feeling of being back in Tokyo.


My favorite photo from Mr Homma’s show was of a girl in her school uniform playing a golden tuba. The photo was from the ‘Tokyo and My daughter’ series and I was amazed to learn that the little lady who’s had her whole life photographed by Mr Homma is not actually a daughter of his.


My walk to Shibuya somehow lead me to Yoyogi Uehara (– a town in the opposite direction of Shibuya), so I decided to visit my favorite wholefoods store. Inside I bought one pinapple popsicle as it looked like the perfect way to stay cool in the steamy hot weather. I was surrounded by a sweet old and new Japanese townscape and the popsicle tasted so fruity (and looked a little bit tilted), and that made me so happy… and when I tried to take some photos of my yummy yellow popsicle before I ate it all, my hands got so sticky that I really felt like a little kid.


By the time I got to Shibuya I was running so late for my next appointment that I couldn’t go to any of the places I’d originally planned… but I was happy that I got lost on my walk.


My first popsicle of the summer.

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Seiji Togo

June 22nd, 2011 — 10:29pm

Yesterday I finally enrolled myself into driving school (– thinking that having a license in Australia would be helpful). The school was a strange place to be and I was sitting alone in the lobby just feeling very nervous. Then I spotted a big framed painting by Seiji Togo hanging on the back wall of the school office! I suddenly felt so lucky and relaxed that I felt like I can do this.


It reminded me of one weekend a few years ago when Chris and I caught a bus to Seijo, hoping to somehow bump into our star Mr Yokoo Tadanori (who apparently lives in Seijo). Of course we weren’t that lucky so instead we went to Seijo Alps tea salon to have some cakes. And then, there it was… a huge painting by Seiji Togo covering one entire wall of the shop! It didn’t take much for us to be instantly drawn to his work, and we now extra love viewing his paintings while having a cup of tea or coffee in salons like Montblanc in Jiyugaoka, or Soiree in Kyoto.


Please be my guardian angel!

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Sweet home

June 21st, 2011 — 11:32pm

As soon as I arrived at Narita Air Port I bought an airport limousine ticket and waited for my coach at the bus terminal. It was only seven o’clock in the morning but there was a sharp looking mid-aged man checking tickets by the bus stop. He had a microphone in his hand and politely made a bus arrival announcement in Japanese and English. Once everybody was seated he quickly came inside the bus to wish everyone a pleasant trip and gave us a deep long bow until the bus had fully departed. I just couldn’t stop smiling about how sweet he was and it just felt like I’m travelling with five star service. This is the Japan I love and it was the perfect way of starting my stay here.


Back in Japan!

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June 16th, 2011 — 12:55am

I think I’m ready to be away from this cold weather for a while…


With a long list of things to do...♡

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June 14th, 2011 — 10:30pm

One week ago I went to Chris’s favorite falafel shop with our friends David & Stephen and their friend Mr Fergus before doing some book shopping. The boys ordered big falafel wraps and a drink each and I only ordered a cup of tea. When the boys were enjoying their wraps my tea was delivered in a Simpson’s mug. Mr Fergus said my order was the best one and it made my day.


Afterwards we went to Gould’s Book Arcade where it was sad to hear about the loss of Mr Gould, the owner. I really hope the shop will go on as there’s other no crazy looking book shop like his.


Mountains of old books... it's almost a book shop made from books.

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June 12th, 2011 — 11:01pm

My friend had her wedding on June 2nd. Her name is Mutsu and when read in Japanese as ‘Mu’ and ‘tsu’ her name means number six and number two – the date of her wedding! I then discovered that her husband’s name (Junichi) can also be read as ‘Jun’ and ‘ichi’ which means June 1st! The couple’s names are lying next to each other on the calender, it’s a sweet miracle!


6(1+2)=sweet miracle.

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Wake up

June 7th, 2011 — 1:25pm

Chris and I always watch the sunrise on new year’s day. We do it no matter how tired and cold we feel because we know how rewarding it is. We always say we should do it more often but we never do.


A few weeks ago we had to wake up very early in the morning (when it was still dark) to pick up my parents from the airport. I wrapped myself up to stay warm with several layers of clothes, a blanket, and even a hot water bottle. I felt ready to sleep in the car but decided to show some respect to Chris’s father who was driving to meet my parents. Besides, driving in the dark always feels like I’m on Space Mountain at Disneyland and it’s kind of fun. I was surprised to see quite a lot of cars on the highway heading towards the city. I’d never imagined so many people would wake up so early to go to work every day while I’m sleeping.


When the sky started to have some colours, my eyes were wide open. The sunrise was so beautiful again.


Maybe watching the sunrise is more like a special treat than an ideal morning.

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June 2nd, 2011 — 6:21pm

On my regular walk yesterday I saw two brown horses having dinner at a green patch just a few blocks from home. I never expected horses to be hanging out in the middle of a residential area so I walked up to the fence to have a good look at them. One of the horses noticed me and walked closer. We gazed at each other for a few minutes before she got back to her meal. I felt we could almost talk to one other. Then, I was thinking about Patches.


I visited the horses again today and as soon as the horse saw me she came right close. I said ‘Hello!’ to her. I hope she didn’t find me rude for not patting her when she poked her head out of the fence. I just didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to scare her.


Cute raincoat.

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