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One of our favourite place to shop is Morita on Kotto Dori. The friendly and knowledgeable Mrs Morita (often clad in CdG) keeps the shop and her husband travels around Japan, China, Korea, India, Indonesia and Turkey to buy traditional textiles. We’re always impressed (and made jealous ;-) by their impeccable taste and gorgeously curated shop. Over the weekend we dropped by to say good-bye, but we’ll be back for sure.

Bottom of a quilted pouch used to carry light cloth perhaps.

We picked out some summery fabric scraps.

They’ve started carrying other antique goods.

It’s such a treat to browse.

5-12-2 Minami Aoyama

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Trish and Joe dinner

A dinner long time in making with Trish and Joe, at Tahiti of the delicious Thai food and cute little 3-story building that never fails to make us envious. Could this have been our last meal here? Then we were in great company. Thanks Trish and Joe for the lovely meal and listening to our travel woes ;-)

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Crepe with Atsuko

During Golden Week we met up with Atsuko - hard to believe it’s been 2 years since she left WK! On a really really nice warm spring day we went out for crepe at La Fée Delice.

It was really nice catching up with you Atsuko! Keep in touch…

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WK at Sunshine

The first week of November was the Design Week in Tokyo. Wieden held an offsite at a Harajuku cafe Sunshine.

Kuki the organizer.

The programming whiz.

Mai the nail.

Sunshine cafe turned WK

Genki’s midnight animation workshop with Jema DJing. Live design + live music = good times for the design nerds.

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is a director who’s been working with Eric recently - he happened to have a show opening at the Diesel gallery last Friday. He’s the one in big eye glasses (and a strange stare).

With the WK crew Shane, Gino and Jema.

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Old friend Heng

Heng and her three children, Keffri, India and Jude visit Tokyo. Having yummy tonkatsu and a lot of fun at Maisen.

4-8-5 Jingumae

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New high-rise in town

Almost finished, on Aoyama dori.

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Fiel’s fabric book

A couple of weekends ago we found this on a Kotto-dori antique store. I guess it’s the ancient Japan version of fabric sample book - and how cute is this! Fiel, we couldn’t get this for you but we took photos!

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Family visit 1: Yooyon

This summer was a big family visit season. First to host was cousin Yooyon back in July. Just as the summer was warming up. In our zeal to show the best of Tokyo in 3 days, perhaps we ran the camp too tightly. The first place we hit was our creperie haunt in Omotesando. And everything escalated from there…

Seems like they’ve been putting more stuff up.

“Wait, let me pull that for you”

One of our favourite places in Tokyo. Makes me happy.

La Fee Delice

5-11-1 Jingumae

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e and m

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The new luxury mall in town

We were at Gyre’s opening last Thursday.

Fiel takes a photo with her iPhone.

Eric at the rooftop with orange glow.

Claudia at the rooftop with purple glow.

Four floors of Gyre.

Margiela store.

Wooden sake cups with Gyre logo.

Chocolate by Bulgari!

Nice display at the basement food store.

Jams jams jams!

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Tokyo’s prettiest building

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Visit from Maia

At our favourite crepe place with our friend Maia, on a sunny, steamy Sunday afternoon.

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Araki’s flowers

Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Flower of Love” show was at Rathole Gallery in Omotesando. This was the first of his flower photographs. It was taken at the hospital on January 27, 1990, the day his wife passed away. Since then he has continued to take black and white photographs of flowers. The last one was taken this year, on his wife’s death anniversary.
노부요시 아라키의 “사랑의 꽃”이라는 전시회를 보러갔다. 이 사진이 1990ë…„ 1ì›” 27일 ì•„ë‚´ê°€ 죽은 ë‚  병원에서 찍은 최초의 꽃 사진이라고 한다. 이후 계속하여 꽃을 소재로 사진을 찍었고, 마지막으로 찍은것은 올해 1ì›” 27일이라고 한다.

Not your regular elegant flower photos. A lot of his flowers are old, dried, and twisted in an almost grotesque form, and to top that off, sometimes paired with dried lizards or a mini godzilla figure. They are comical, but sad. They seem more close to life than anything out there.
우리가 보통 생각하는 “아름다운” 꽃이 아니라, 시들고 뒤틀어진 꽃 사진이 많았다. 심지어는 ì–´ë–¤ 꽃에는 마른 도마뱀이나 고질라 인형이 놓여있었다. 한편으론 웃기고, 한편으론 슬픈것이 ê¼­ 우리가 사는 모습같았다.

Together, they make a beautiful and richly textured pattern on the gallery wall.

Araki’s wife on the sign outside the gallery.

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Brunch in Omotesando

As soon as we got back to Tokyo we headed to our favourite creperie in Omotesando. We discovered for the first time they have a small outdoor seating. It’s in a tight space between two buildings, but quite charming.

Some photos from the walk.

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