A couple weekends ago, while strolling around Ginza, we ended up at the Itoya flagstore – always a good spot to find cool products and ideas. They had a very nice exhibition of hundreds of various Japanese papers on pin badges spread across a huge table. It was beautiful. 和紙 (washi), Japanese traditional paper, is produced by artisans all across the country but one of the hotspots is the Mino area in Gifu prefecture (see Mino washi) which is also the birthplace of our collection of ceramic earrings!
Japan loves its four seasons and to celebrate them in all aspects of every day life. But there is no better place to experience this than at the famous traditional Japanese sweets shop 虎屋 ( Toraya). This was the display at their newly renovated booth in Nihonbashi’s Takashimaya department store the other day: Of course we couldn't resist and had to get their special chestnut sweet 栗名月 (kuri meigetsu) available for only three days. You can see more of Toraya's beautiful selection on their Chestnut Festival special webpage.
This year is the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between France and Japan. For this occasion, there are many events happening in both countries celebrating their deep cultural bonds. A part of this is a lot of old French movies have been playing on NHK BS tv channels. The other night we watched "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg", an old musical from 1964 starring a beautiful young Catherine Deneuve that apparently has strongly influenced the newer La La Land (haven't seen that one yet). While the constant singing and old-timey dialog is a bit cringy, the beautiful colors splashed on every set...
Our goal with Chuchulu is to bring objects that we like from Japan to a wider worldwide audience. As part of that objective, I wanted to also show you some of our favorite lesser known spots through a series of blog posts. As the first installment, I will start with our personal favorite picnic spot: the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (東京都庭園美術館). Less than 10 minutes walk from Meguro station on the Yamanote line, it is in a very central location but never crowded. The museum is on the grounds of the residence of a prince of the Imperial family who,...