Earlier this week I re-visited Kurashiki, my first ‘home’ in Japan. Back in 1987 I lived there for a year while I worked on the JET program as an assistant English teacher. Lots of nice memories as I walked around the Bikan Chiku area… I came across a lovely antique store near Ivy Square and couldn’t resist adding a pair of hand painted Meiji era Imari plates to my blue and white collection. Aren’t they lovely?
Recently I started selling vintage Japanese handbags and clutch purses in my Etsy shop, and posting some photos to my Facebook page. One of my friends asked , ‘Are these bags vintage in age or simply in style?’ Continue reading Are Styled in Japan’s vintage bags vintage in age or simply in style?
One moment it’s blue skies and sunshine, then torrential rainfall. On days like this I recommend carrying a Cool Plus sun umbrella. Continue reading Unpredictable Brisbane weather: what kind of umbrella is best?
Haori are traditional Japanese jackets that are worn over the top of kimono. They have long sleeves similar to a kimono, but are worn without a sash or obi. They are usually loosely fastened at centre front with a decorative ‘himo’ tie, but you can leave it open if you prefer. Continue reading Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket
One of my customers Kitty said, ‘I feel much cooler under a UV block parasol. I’ve got to get one for this summer’.
Skin cancer. The words no-one wants to hear from their dermatologist. In 1993, on the eve of my departure to work in Japan, I was diagnosed with skin cancer – a melanoma on my forearm. Continue reading How skin cancer inspired my anti-UV parasol business