Category Archives: Japan Obsession

I have been hopelessly addicted to Japanese design and culture all my life. Perhaps it is due to past lives, who knows.

Japanese Yukata & Jinbei Pattern Book

yukata and jinbei pattern book

There was a turning point some where between 10 to 15 years ago.  Thanks to eBay and improved eCommerce tools from the likes of Amazon, goods from Japan started to become more readily accessible in the US.  I remember vividly buying … Continue reading

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Wa Lolita Yukata Pattern

use a rub off to recreate a garment

Good news.  My Bodyline package arrived today.  Which gives me plenty of time before the summer festival to make my wa lolita yukata.  Despite the unbearable heat, I went straight to work today making the pattern.  (Seriously Mother Nature, enough … Continue reading

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Tokyo Omiyage: Grilled Shrimp Crackers

japanese shrimp crackers

Wasabi mame, sesame peanuts, kokeshi rice crackers… if you thought that was all I brought back from Asakusa, guess again.  Add to the list shrimp crackers.  I pulled out my kanji book and these beauties are called 千枚焼 えび, which … Continue reading

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Tasty Peach Studios

review of tasty peach kawaii jewlery

Found the perfect necklace this weekend at ConnectiCon to go with my new ModCloth dress.  Tasty Peach Studios had the best booth in the dealers room.  Or should I say the cutest booth.  From kawaii t-shirts, to squishy plushies and … Continue reading

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Summer Festival: Kitsune Mask Barrette (Part 2)

miniture fox mask summer festival

Finished the kitsune mask barrette after work today.  Only had a couple of steps to wrap up.  Painted the top with some clear nail polish to protect the design.  Added some embroidery floss to imitate the mask straps.  Then some … Continue reading

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Summer Festival: Kitsune Mask Barrette (Part 1)

shrinky dink fox mask project

Yesterday I squeezed in enough time to get started on one piece of my summer festival coordinate.  The DIY Plan: create a kitsune o’men (fox mask – 狐のお面) barrette.  I want to incorporate as many traditional elements as possible but … Continue reading

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Project Kickoff: Summer Festival Yukata

wa lolita summer yukata

Getting ready for my next big DIY adventure.  This project is going to require more of my sewing skills than my hot glue prowess.  I am ready to take a big gamble and create a summer yukata, but Wa Loli … Continue reading

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Tokyo Day 5: Ohiyo Gozaimasu

rainy morning in hakone onsen

We woke up on the fifth day of our trip refreshed and relaxed.  The sun did its best to make its presence known between a few soft rain showers.  Birds were singing a sweet song in the mountains and the … Continue reading

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Tokyo Day 4: Gora Kadan Dinner

kaiseki cuisine in hakone japan

I took a bit of a detour from posting all our amazing Tokyo vacation experiences. Hard to believe that the trip was 2 months ago already.  But the memories are still fresh in my mind.  It was certainly a time … Continue reading

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Review: Kinokuniya Bookweb Service

kinokuniya access to lolita mooks

Recently Kinokuniya promoted a  free shipping day.  Anything ordered on their Bookweb  site (kinokuniya.com/us) could be shipped for free with in the US.  While we are lucky and have a physical location here in NYC, it isn’t always convenient to … Continue reading

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