Friday, December 25, 2009

Neon Christmas

This is one of a gift for my boyfriend, I liked it more than him probably?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday gift pick up - pt2

I found really cute kitchen ware -
Great gift for somebody love cooking!

Bird measuring spoon

coffee scoop

Flour scoop

Check their web site, all are cute at all!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, my boyfriend took me to two bars.
Our favorite bar, six acres.
I ordered White russian, cause inspired by the big rebowski.

After the place, went to an Izakaya, plus alpha.
Their palce has cozy Japanese feel, like I am in Japanese bar in Tokyo or so.
The foods are deliscious and beautiful, coctails are great too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Great alleyway found

I found a beautiful red table on an alleyway!

Sound like it doesn't fancy, but I sometimes like to find interiors from a road, somebody's through aways.

My friend found a pair of antique Empress chests, it was in Japan but her fonding was like a treasure.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fairy tale in town

I go to see fairy tale mushrooms at a same spot every year.
The other day in this year I went the spot in the middle of a long walk, sadly I couldn't see them.
It looked like they were just destoroyed by somebody.
I was shocked by looking at the broken mushrooms while and I kept walk.
After long, long walk I found a lot of new fairy tale mushrooms spots under the walk way trees!
People believe we can find fairy tales only in a story book, but I think we can find them in regular life too.

a bird house on a really high place - what kind of birds will live?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Russian Movie

"Taxi Blues" is a Russian movie, Directed by Pavel Lungin.
It is a dark comedy, bitter heart warming, also about a strange friendship story.

Shlykov is a main character, manly hard-working cab driver- kind of an old fashioned man.
Lyosha is a trotter-type Jazz musician, I would say "new" type of a guy.

The story began the two opposite type people met at the taxi Shlykov drove.

Cinematography and scenes reflects 1990's Russia,
I could enjoyed simply two opposite type of people's really strange and funny story but also I couldn't help to think about what is the meaning of freedom and happiness for human's life.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Matsutake mushrooms

Do you know Japanese mushroom called Matsutake?
They are high-quality mushrooms and expensive, I couldn't have many chance to eat them when I was in Japan.
The other day, I met a mushroom picker at a restaurant and bought Matsutake from him with good price.
Japanese people appreciate to enjoy their flavor, so recipes are quite simple.
My first Matsutake cooking was-
I grilled them, without oils or sauces, strip them to a few pieces by hands and serve them with sauces with citrus juice, also I made Matsutake gohan such as rice cooked with matsutake and Japanese broth.
I think the Matsutake mushrooms have really strong flavor, the best way to cook is using simple method and use small amount.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Sunday

A Japanese second hand book store, I often go there to sip Japanese feeling from the books.

Today I bought bunch of books at the store and was reading at home, in one of the magazine, I found a hat with familiar look.
I was thinking "Well, it is very similar look hat as I made, but why??" and I couldn't believe the hat is mine.
Actually it was my hat, there is my name and the store name I 've sold to.

I didn't know the hat was in the magazine(it is published in 2008) and coincidentally I found it - such a happy thing happened!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Living in a forest

I took a trip to visit my friends in Vancouver island.
They are a couple just moved there from Vancouver, are living in a woods close to a beach.

The otter caught and ate a seagul!

It was a wild life drama(?), a shocking matter.

My friend makes good Japanese homestyle meals always!

Beautiful fresh eggs from a local farmer.

These logs are for their stove, maden by her husband.Amazing!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Where the wild things are

YMI Jeans featured my item on their blog -
Actually, my boyfriend told me about the book(where teh wild thing..) was his favorite when he was a child.

I am from Japan and I didn't know about the story since he told me but I'm sure if I was born in States or North America, it must be a favorite book.

Can't wait to watch the movie.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Golden Mushrooms

I tried Chanterelle mushrooms, they are golden yellow color, unique trumpet like shape.
Even they were simply sauteed and made them taste with salt'n pepper, very flavourfull and good texture.
I heard they can be found in forest.
You can look at more recepies here -

Thursday, October 1, 2009

slow and steady wins the race

People might be wondering about this title -
actually, slow and steady wins the race is a clothing brand in NY.

Very simple but each piece has unique constractions.

Specially I like their shoes.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ruby beer

I had a Cherry beer, it has beautiful ruby color, taste sweet and sour- made me happy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In the mood for Halloween

Here is a small list for Halloween movies.

Klaus Kinski's act is the greatest count Dracula, I think.

An Italian fantasy horror.

This isn't very Halloween?

About a mystery in a tiny island, cinematography is impressive, scary end.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Digging records

There was a big record show happened on last Sunday, it was fun.
A lot of record venders and folks in a hall, I couldn't even check all venders but still I could find some good ones.
My boyfriend found really rare movie soundtrucks, even they are around $100, are already sold.
I like vinyls because they sounds better and have more spilit of the music than MP3 or CDs to me.
I like to look at album covers, it is like a bonus to buy music.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Halloween Orange

I bought a bunch of physalis.
They look like lanterns.

They bring a feeling of the end of Summer, start of Autumn.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dandelion empolium and records,

I think the place is an "as know as store" for music and modern style goods lovers.

They have cool selection of interiors and zakka, records and books.

I like to go there to check their selection -

You can find your treasure at the store.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Vancouver Magazines

I found some interesting local magazines in these few years-
I ll recomend:

its stylish, specially photoglaphs are beautiful.

Arty, subcultural, kind of cult-ish magazine.
Very distinctive but I like it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cup cakers?

Cupcakers ?
I found an unique shoot at - Photography by Tristan Savatier,
his photos are fun!
Actually this photo taken at the motorized cupcakes - burning man festival 2005.

motorized cupcakes - burning-man 2005