Archive for January 2012

Summer telepathy

January 30th, 2012 — 10:07pm

Today’s steamy hot weather and the noise of cicadas reminded me of a Japanese summer.


When I was hanging the washing I started to think about one of my hot summer memories with my best friend Ryoko. A few summers ago, on a ridiculously hot day, Ryoko and I decided to go to a swimming pool to get cool. The pool was located on the outskirts of Tokyo where I had never been before, so even just getting there was like an excursion. There was a wave pool and a flowing pool, and we tried every single water slide.


As I was reminiscing my summer adventure I received an email – from Ryoko’s husband, Ton-kun. Ryoko had a baby! I’m so happy and feel so lucky to have been thinking about her at that moment.



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January 20th, 2012 — 9:59pm

Matterhorn is a cake shop in Tokyo where Chris and I used to spend a lot of time chatting and drawing (and drinking coffee, sipping lemon squash, and eating cakes). The shop was within walking distance from where we lived with the gentle atmosphere of the shop often reminded me of my childhood. The Cakes, parfaits, and paintings by Shintaro Suzuki always made our day sweeter.


My favorite seat was at the big table below two minimal chandeliers. Here I could observe the man in the cook’s hat making coffees and parfaits and see the waitress girls preparing cakes to serve. I liked sitting at some of the other tables too, particularly if i could enjoy a view of white plates, clear glasses, and silver cutlery placed on top of marble table tops. My order was always tea chiffon cake and lemon squash.


The owner’s articulate aesthetic can be seen throughout the shop and upon wrapping papers and packaging. I knew Matterhorn was a mountain in Switzerland but when Chris and I found an old postcard of Matterhorn mountain at a local second hand bookstore (while we were working on our zine), it gave me a sparkle. The postcard I saw infront of me totally reminded me of the Matterhorn shop logo I was so used to seeing upon their paper napkins. And now I miss going to Matterhorn even more.


I would like to visit there one day...

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Our Nieves zine!

January 18th, 2012 — 9:38pm

Um… I am very excited to announce that Chris and I have a zine release with Nieves!


And it is called 'Matterhorn'.

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Rose express

January 12th, 2012 — 9:21pm

My train trip fills its windows with breath-taking views. There’s endless blues of ocean and sky, a forest where the sunlight filters down through the trees, and a horse farm.


This morning, a lady who sat next to me across the aisle had two beautiful red roses in her hands. The roses must have been freshly picked from her garden as they gently filled the surroundings with smells from both their fresh green stems and flowers. This journey I felt as if I was sitting in the finest salon. (Maybe the old wooden train carriage also helped me to feel that way).


My mum used to make a little bunch of garden flowers for me to bring to my prep school so we could have seasonal flowers in our class room. Sharing garden flowers is a very sweet thought. It also reminded me of a brick wall coffee shop in Jiyugaoka, and my friend Yama’s house in Yokohama where I have strong memories of beautiful roses in vases.


Flower power!

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January 7th, 2012 — 11:33am

I’m happy to announce that my 2011 new year’s resolution of not eating crisps was accomplished and I feel very good about it. (Although I did introduce a new rule during the middle of the year that allowed me to eat corn chips and other vegetable chips).


A giant potato I saw on my drive to Bowral.

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January 2nd, 2012 — 11:13pm

Walking on the beach, swiming, relaxing… a real hot Australian summer has come with the new year!


I wish everyone a happy new year!

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