Thursday, 23 June 2016

Braving the rain - Strolling through Kyoto's Gion district

Some of you might recognise the pictures from... oh dear, three years ago!? Now there is an article to go with. Written for Taiken Japan: Enjoy!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Back from Oi Keibajo - Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Yep, I found some treasures again! Come check out this wonderful collection!

* PS: Grigori, talking about photography, I got your Essay in a Box and will post pictures soon! I first thought it was a pack of cherry pies and took it to work for my afternoon break delicacy, and then..

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Shameless Self-Promotion Thursday (11) - Bijou Caillou Vintage is open!

It's been cooking up for a while but here it is! I'm very happy to announce the opening of Bijou Caillou's little brother shop on Etsy, Bijou Caillou Vintage. I'm going to fill it will Japanese vintage goodies, so stay tuned! Love from Tokyo!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Burnt out and not sticking around

This is a piece of Artist Insane Mail Art I got the other day. Eleven burnt out graduates. Or are they? ... Well, I don't know about you, but I'm counting one! What ever happened to the 10 other fellows? 

My investigations led me to the original card as it was sent out, and it looks like those chaps went on a voyage of discovery alright! Makes you wonder. Did they all leave at once, or are the they scattered between Paris and Wakoshi like Tom Thumb's bread crumbs? Who's the boss of them? Why did the fat one decide to stay? Such an interesting piece of mail art and great visual poetry as well! Thank you Dean! (and maybe that glue stick has expired?).

Friday, 1 April 2016

Shameless Self-Promotion Thursday (11) - Bijou Caillou Spring Clearance

The nice days are finally back, and to celebrate the much awaited arrival of spring Bijou Caillou is hosting a MEGA clearance sale until April 15. No, it's not an April's fool, there really is a 50% discount on ALL jewellery in the Etsy store with the code BIJOUCAILLOUSPRING!! Amazing, right? Do come in and find something nice!

* Important notice for someone who will recognise himself: 
the code BIJOUCAILLOUSPRINGCHICKEN won't work, don't even try.

And as a proof that spring is indeed gracing Wakoshi, here are a coupe of cherry blossom snapshots I took on campus yesterday. Someone requested me to post them here so that people can really see the wonderful life I live (quote) :-))) Here you go!! 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Cat Café

I went to my first cat café the other day, Nekorobi in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. I took a day off on a Friday so it wasn't crowded, which is good. The café is quite nice. Well, it's not exactly a café per se, nobody comes and serves you drinks, but there is a free vending machine (yes, free!!) and you can have all sorts of beverages. You can also play cards, board games, watch YouTube or Hulu Japan on TV (maybe even sing karaoke? I don't know, I was too shy to ask but I really wanted to), do your Wii workout (who remembers those days?) or use the free WiFi while playing with the cats.
The twelve or so cats are beautiful, really well taken care of and most of them are... huuuuuuge. I have to say I was a little bit intimidated around them! Kudos on the owners to keep the place absolutely immaculate. I might go back to play with the black and white kitten with the funny moustache whose name I don't know. He was the cutest poupie ever.