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Japan 2015: The 500 Arhats

Japan 2015: The 500 Arhats

How do you follow a visit to the Kawaii Monster Cafe? Difficult, but we decided to head to the Mori Art Museum to see the latest exhibition by slightly bonkers contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (村上 隆). I had hoped to post this before the exhibition ended, but unfortunately I just wasn’t fast enough – the … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kawaii Monster Cafe

Japan 2015: Kawaii Monster Cafe

I don’t think I have ever been as giddy with excitement as I was when I stepped into the Kawaii Monster Cafe with my friend Adam on Saturday 5th December last year. I just couldn’t stop smiling and giggling. The Kawaii Monster Cafe was everything I hoped it would be! It’s a place like no … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Postcard from Naoshima

Japan 2015: Postcard from Naoshima

Here I am with another postcard from Japan! As before, there’s way more going on over on Instagram (@ali_haikugirl) at the moment than there is here, as it’s hard to find the time to sit down and post. However, over Christmas I will start to go through all my photos (4,700 ish so far…) and will … Continue reading

Book Review: Ice Cream Work by Naoshi

Book Review: Ice Cream Work by Naoshi

Ice Cream man is off to work! This cheerful, surreal story follows a stylish, hard-working confection as he navigates the work week. Happy to find different ways to help out, Ice Cream man works as a road cone in a construction zone, a golf ball and tee, a party popper, a nightlight and more. Not … Continue reading

A new addition to my kokeshi family

A new addition to my kokeshi family

Whilst I was at HYPER JAPAN recently I came across a stall selling old kokeshi (こけし) dolls (the stall was part of Kimono De Go). As a collector of kokeshi I was curious to see how much they were charging for dolls which were probably found at flea markets. They hand a range of dolls in … Continue reading

Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner … Continue reading

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (Tuttle, 2015) is a beautiful book. Gathering together around two hundred Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e / 浮世絵), art historian Andreas Marks takes us on a journey through Japan’s famous sights as depicted by artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重), Katsushika Hokusai … Continue reading