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japan: washi tape

my favourite department store Loft

my favourite department store Loft

I like stationery. A lot. And nearly all the stationery I’ve loved in the last few years has been Japanese. So you can imagine how excited I was about the shopping possibilities in Tokyo. I wasn’t too sure where to find ‘the good stuff’ so I was chuffed to hit the jack-pot in the form of Loft department store in Shibuya on only the second day. There was a WHOLE FLOOR dedicated to stationery and it was high quality.

washi tape

washi tape hanging

I made a beeline for the washi tape section, as this was number 1 on my Japanese stationery wish list. Basically, pattern-porn in tape form. And I bought a LOT (see pics below). Don’t ask me what I’m going to do with all of it, as I’ve got no idea, I just love it.

washi tape and stationery shopping

my stationery haul

two washi tapes

washi tape galore

washi tape tower

mt tape


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japan: shibuya street art

I do love a bit of cool street art in a city setting, and you don’t get much more urban than Shibuya’s Centre Gai in Tokyo, something of a catwalk where the fashion brigade shop, eat and go out. It’s a lot of fun to hang out there, people watching whilst scoffing a bowl of ramen or browsing the arcades and shops.

Amongst the neon and bustle, I found these rather beautiful and striking images down a side street. I’ve lived in the same area of London for a while now, so I’ve got used to the gems by Banksy and others. It was refreshing to see something different.

I had a closer look today and a quick google brought me to the artist’s website – 281_Anti Nuke – who simply describes himself as “Artist, Japan, anti nuclear power plant”. I like a lot of his work and I particularly enjoyed the photos of his other work around Tokyo.

I also found this article describing him as a mysterious and controversial Banksy-esque artist.  So far, so intriguing. I’m watching this space…


printspiration #5: japan

shibuya neon in tokyo

Hello, I’m back!

Japan was ace. I loved pretty much everything about it, and was sad to leave, knowing that it may be a very long time (and that’s if I’m lucky) until I go back. It’s hard to summarise how I found it but – surprising, beautiful, exhausting and extremely good fun – would be a good start. Exhausting is my own fault, considering how much we packed in.

Unsurprisingly, the next few posts will be Japan-themed. Note: cute stationery may feature. I was certainly not disappointed with the stationery pickings, despite high expectations.

First of all, some pics. I was truly spoiled when it came to pattern inspiration.

vending machine in tokyo narita train station

fortune drawers at senso-ji

lanterns at senso-ji temple

‘noren’ curtains in tsumago

hanazono-jinja shrine