Owl café “Baron”

June 5, 2015

We went to “Owl cafe” that named “Cafe Baron”. “Cafe Baron” is in Koenji, Tokyo. (By the way, we moved Koenji in March!!)   There are 5 owls there. These owls were not on a chains. They are well-trained. But how difficult to build trust with an owl! They are not out too much voice. […]

Wet Collodion Photo shooting at Yanaka

January 22, 2015

Wet collodion photo shooting! My friend “Nipporini” will start “Wet Collodion Photo Studio” in February at Yanaka, Tokyo. I wore Kimono for photographic modelling. That’s very exciting!! The collodion process is an early photographic process, invented by Frederick Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s. In Japan, the famous picture of Sakamoto Ryoma was […]

New Year KABUKI 2015

January 16, 2015

I enjoyed Kabuki today! Every year “The New Year Kabuki” is performed in January. That’s very flamboyantly and dynamic more than usual. So I always go to Kabuki in January. It was performed “Ishikawa Goemon” in this year. Ishikawa Goemon (石川 五右衛門?, 1558 – October 8, 1594) was a semi-legendary Japanese outlaw hero who stole […]

Oribe Ware

January 14, 2015

The Oribe Ware exhibition is held now in Tokyo. 30 December 2014 – 19 January 2015, at Matsuya Ginza. Do you know Oribe Ware? The man who created this style of pottery was Furuta Oribe. A samurai who lived 400 years ago during the period of civil wars in Japan, he was also a master […]

Hermes “The Leather Forever”

December 13, 2014

The Leather Forever exhibition is coming to Tokyo on its world tour. 2 – 23 December 2014, at Tokyo National Museum, Hyokeikan. You know what? It was free to see all of the HERMES Exhibition. Can you believe it? Normally, you can’t see any Exhibition for free in Tokyo. And it was great (^_−)−☆ Rhino […]

Bunraku (Japanese puppet)

December 2, 2014

I enjoyed the Bunraku of Mr. Kanjyuro Kiritake(桐竹 勘十郎) the 3rd. Bunraku is the traditional puppet theatre of Japan, a high-level stage art of which Japan can be very proud. Bunraku was originally the name of the theatre in which this puppet drama was performed, but gradually it came to be used as the name […]

Fukumi Shimura

November 28, 2014

Ms. Fukumi Shimura is a a living national treasure. “TOBICHI” in Aoyama exhibited the Kimono and some pieces of cloth left over of Ms. Fukumi Shimura. There were a small a hand-loom and could try to weave silk cloth. I was trying to weave too, it’s very difficult and takes quite a lot of time, […]

Autumn foliage at Rikugien

November 27, 2014

I love Autumn, because I was born in October! In Japan, it is said that Autumn is the season for good appetite, harvest, reading, and the arts. I went to Rikugien for watching red and yellow leaves. Rikugien is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden. Rikugien was constructed by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa on this […]

It is drizzling

November 25, 2014

It is drizzling today in Tokyo… Very cold. According to my father, it’s snowing in Fukushima. Stay warm and sleep tight:) Kei

CITIZEN “LIGHT is TIME”

November 21, 2014

This amazing installation is made of CITIZEN watch parts. Can you get it? Time is Light and Light is Time! CITIZEN “LIGHT is TIME” (only Japanese): http://citizen.jp/lit/index.html ADMISSION FREE Date: Nov 14th – 28th (Fri.) 2014 Access: 5-6-23 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Tel: 03-3498-1171

Today’s sky @Tokyo Nov 13th 2014

November 13, 2014

It’s a very nice today at Tokyo!! Let’s have fun today! Kei

“酉の市” TORINO-ICHI

November 8, 2014

浅草鷲神社 酉の市 Torino-ichi will be on 10th Nov and 22nd Nov in 2014. Asakusa-Ohtorijinjya-Torinoichi is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo.This festival continues from Edo period. We can hold this twice in this year.The first one is on 10th Nov.The second one is on 22nd Nov. The festival will be held on the day […]

NinjaGeisha- Our New Brand

November 7, 2014

We’re going to launch a new brand “NinjaGeisha (忍者芸者)” They are made of traditional vintage Kimonos. Item: Robes Shawls Clutch bags and so on… Our online store is coming soon. Please look forward for it!!

Satsuma Biwa

October 17, 2014

This is a Japanese harp-like musical instrument called a Satsuma biwa. The Satsuma biwa has five strings and high frets. It has a semi-hollow body that is made from mulberry tree wood, and is played using a giant pick. Satsuma biwa players sometimes hit it like a drum, so the body needs to be very […]

Ise shrine

I went on a trip to Ise Jingu

October 10, 2014

I went on a trip to Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture. It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes by Shinkansen and limited express from Tokyo to Ise Jingu. My partner’s hometown is Matsusaka city near Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture. It’s always crowded. My family is living in a ‘Jodo Shinsyu’ Temple, so I’m […]

“中秋の名月” Harvest moon

September 8, 2014

August 15, in the old calendar, is “中秋の名月(the Harvest moon Festival)” in Japan. If we can’t see the moon on that night because of cloud, it is called “無月(Mu-getsu)”, and if it is rainy it is called “雨月(U-getsu)”. Though you can’t see the moon, you can appreciate the brighter night. “中秋の名月” is a festival of […]

Informed tea ceremony at home!

September 2, 2014

The Japanese tea ceremony has strict with manners, but I sometimes hold an informed tea ceremony for myself and my friends at home. When I go to a traditional Japanese tea party, of course I strictly observe the manners and etiquette. If you follow the rules all the time, you get quite sick of tea […]

Today’s flower @Tokyo Sep 1st 2014

September 1, 2014

Rainy today… It was passed lingering summer heat, it has been cool for the last few days.   Kei

Kimono for Summer

August 29, 2014

I am wearing a Kimono only for Summer season. This Kimono is called “Usumono” in Japanese. As I wrote earlier, Kimonos are divided into three classes to go with the season. The three classes are “Hitoe“, “Awase“,and “Usumono“. “Hitoe” is worn only in June and September. “Usumono” is worn only in July and August, so […]

Real Samurai Sword Technique

August 27, 2014

Real Samurai Sword Technique – Cutting BB Gun pellet by Isao Machii – Japanese Katana Kenjutsu   Wow!! That’s awesome!! “Iai-nuki(居合い抜き)” is a recurring command ability in the Final Fantasy series, and has also appeared as an enemy attack. It typically attempts to instantly dispatch the target. The job class Samurai is most often associated […]