Tuesday, May 26, 2009

still more fushimi inari

i just absolutely love the fushimi inari shrine. here are some more images. i was especially interested in the workmen repairing the tori gates. note the cool ladder the painter is using [he's painting the names of the parishioner who donated the gate] and the way the other worker is standing on a pole that is merely tied onto the gate. wow.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Street finds #7

Pilgrim at the train station, parasols, mouse on wooden daikoku sculpture, folk masks, vegetable stand.

Fushimi inspired fabric

I adore this reissued vintage fabric. It is inspired by fushimi inari shrine. It's from the shop eirakuya...they are reissuing lots of amazing vintage fabrics from their collections, and making beautiful new fabric as well. Note the way it's being worn by the hipster at the toji flea market.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Winners of the collage competition

Hooray for the artists who created these stunning, green-inspired collages! We put all submissions into a hat and drew three winners, but because the entries are so fab, we're posting them all. Thank you so much for sending in the wonderful art and a great big thank you to the incredible Tara Lazar for organizing this. You can read the interview we did together on her blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at: http://taralazar.wordpress.com/ You can also follow her on twitter @taralazar. Her posts are always interesting!

Now, drum roll, please! The prize winners are [their art is shown in the following order ]:

Verity, age 7. Her collage is called "The Earth's Garden". She wins a
signed copy of OK Go!

, age 4. She made her collage using photos from recycled magazines and included "green" words in her art. She wins
a signed bookplate and an All Mixed Up mini-book!

, age 10. His collage shows a parade of guys holding potted plants with a tree marching behind him. H
e wins a signed bookplate and an All Mixed Up mini-book!

And the following artists win an All Mixed Up mini-book!
Rohan, age 8. He used shavings of bitter gourd to make the earth on recycled paper [very inventive!!]

, age 5. This collage is Charlotte's interpretation of a recycling symbol.

, Age 4. He created his collage to show his idea of being earth-friendly. He thinks helping animals is extremely important.

, Age 4. He named his collage "Neighbourhood Streetscape".

, Age 8. Her artwork was inspired by planting trees and flowers.

Again, a hearty thank you and applause to all!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Catching noodles in kibune

When it's hot in Kyoto, one of the very best solutions is to take the tiny train up to Kibune in the mountains north of Kyoto, where there are restaurants on platforms over the river. One restaurant specializes in somen, delicate white noodles, served cold, which you need to catch with your chopsticks as they whiz down a bamboo shoot. entertaining, refreshing and delicious.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

sweets, modern, part 1

there's such a range of "western style" sweets here, from the spare and fabulous french treats at le petit mec [our favorite] to the plastic, fantastic over-the-top cake-y settos. we're documenting them all.

Sweets, traditional, part 1

the wagashi [traditional japanese sweets] are beautiful and witty, and always subtly refer to the seasons. they're
sometimes a little disappointing to western tastes unless red bean paste, mochi, or pressed sugar is your thing. as an incurable sweet tooth, i'm able to indulge happily.
note: peony and maple leaves are made of sugar!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bikes, etc

There's a serious bike and moped culture here. Everyone from the tiniest kids to the oldest grannies ride bikes. And they are used to carry everything: mail, kids, deliveries, girlfriends...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009