Shopping in Japan Part 2

Continuing with all the retail goodness I found in Japan. Some rice crackers I found in Shimokitizawa. The shop was so gorgeous and vintage too! I will show some pictures of it later. The green crackers were sweet with a sugar glaze almost like a breakfast cereal but more crunchy. Wish I could find them here!

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Some records I found at Vinyl Japan Punk Market.

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I was on a hunt for the work of this illustrator:  Yuki Koishikawa. I only found some postcards at Pop Culture in Shinjuku. Design styles have changed a lot since we were in Tokyo three years ago.

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More records! Many things were on sale and our euro were pretty strong. We could have brought back dozens more records but we had the luggage weight limit!

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On one of our wandering days we found an antique gift shop in “Terra Shopping quarters” Daikan-yama station. All I had was the name of a couple of metro stops as a guide for interesting neighborhoods.

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Sophisticated Boom Boom and a raffia hair elastic.

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Nakano Broadway, I love you! The bag is marked with the name of a sake alcohol and I use it as a purse. The book is a fashion illustrator from the 1930’s. I will show you some images from the inside, it is so wonderful!

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Shopping in Japan

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I thought I would start the Japan posts by photos of what I bought. We started this tradition last time. it’s fun at the end of the day to lay the day’s treasures out on the bed for documentation.

Embroidered Jacket: Pink Dragon

2 Books about Japanese monsters

Vintage Kimono: 5 euro found in Harajuku from a street vendor

If you want to see all the photos just click!

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Bees and Bumblebees

Feeling a little bit of spring on it’s way yesterday. It’s making me think about yellow and black, bumblebees to be exact! Here’s a little tableau of some of my bee related objects. I sometimes see myself as the Queen bee, stinging people with my tattoo needles.

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New Addition to the Kitchen

We’ve been in the new apartment almost a year now, I guess you could say I’m taking my time to finish the decorating. I was looking for the exactly right ceiling fixture. Something fifties and something multicolored. I finally found it, unfortunately it wasn’t cheap, but some sweet angel offered to get it for us for as a housewarming gift (they only first saw the apartment in october). I’m so happy, the colors match my circus theme perfectly. Thanks to Fred for helping with the re-wiring and installation!

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Perfume and Lipstick

I’m working on some ideas for a painting of perfume and lipstick, so I took some photos of my collection. I know I’m not the best photographer but it was fun putting together this shoot.

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New Home for the Dice Collection

I had to build this shelf to house my collection. I was all giddy bringing everything out of the boxes. Look at all the pretty colors!

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I’ve been collecting dice since I was about 17. My first electric tattoo was of a pair dice (it’s covered up now but that’s another story). Many people ask me why dice? Franky, I’m not 100% sure why. I’m not a gambler. I got into bakelite much later, but I love how the plastic looks like candy or the other way around. Small, square, lucky. The fact that you also see images of luck in tattoos and associated with rock n roll (rock a billy). It’s pretty possitive I think to be attracted to good luck charms. So maybe that’s it!

Plus I feel like a pretty lucky girl.

It’s the Little Things

…that make me smile. Just a temporary tableau where I have all my jewelery and junk.
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