it is so nice to be back home.
we realised 4 weeks is a long time to be on holiday.
it was a great time though,
and so very lucky to have such a luxury of time in japan -
some things i saw and did in japan
the band shows went really well.
how great is the extreme lighting from below stage?
not sure they all liked it, but i certainly did.
you can listen to the songs my pal and kes recorded together here.
MEETING ADORABLE PEOPLE
what an absolute delight to meet
super kawaii hiki!
she showed me the way to my favourite
bonsai store in tokyo -
you can see more about sinajina via tokyo green space.
we also visited the beautiful cafe ikanika.
i totally agree with ebony -
i feel very lucky to have had such a lovely guide
to a wonderful part of tokyo.
HOUSES AND INTERIORS
the very first photo and above and below
are some photos of the wonderful tokyo apartment
we were generously allowed to share
while the band was doing their shows.
i cannot say how much i LOVE old apartments.
this one was in a building maybe 40 years old? not sure.
many delicious japanese breakfasts and meals were produced
from this great little kitchen.
one of my main missions
was of course to get some cool stuff.
it is japan!
first and foremost was to dream in the aisles
of the bookstores, new and secondhand.
i show some pictures of one of the first books i got:
flat house life
published by marble books
these 'flat houses' are single story and often with garden around them.
they are a kind of western-style layout,
and i love seeing japanese aesthetic in this kind of architecture.
there is a similar boom for old post-war public housing stock,
called 団地 (danchi ).
it is a 団地ブーム！(danchi boom).
some danchi photos at the end.
there is a bit of a craze at the moment
in some elements of japan
for these kinds of post-war architecture.
perhaps it is part of a general
nostalgia for pre-bubble showa period?
i like it!
just look at that tiling
ADMIRING THE CATS AND THE SAKURA
above is a nice osaka salaryman hanami party:)
below are cats also in the sakura action.
at the last is a cat and a vending machine,
in the middle of a busy shopping arcade.
we also saw cats being wheeled around
in shopping carts in busy shopping strips,
and sleeping soundly connected to leashes
beside the cash register of a fruit shop.