Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket

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

Parasols keep you cool and protected from the sun

One of my customers Kitty said,  ‘I feel much cooler under a UV block parasol.  I’ve got to get one for this summer’.

She’s right! Continue reading Parasols keep you cool and protected from the sun

How skin cancer inspired my anti-UV parasol business

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