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Why so many things?

4 Mar

Village Vanguard (…not the one in NY)

is one of my favorite places to hang out or to kill time.

Good humors, interesting artsy stuff,

cool cameras, good music etc etc…

The place is a bit too overwhelming

but I can’t resist going back

and whenever I go back to the place,

it makes me wonder

why Japanese culture is

so obsessed with things.

I don’t know how to put this

but you will probably understand

what I mean by this

if you go to Village Vanguard.


There are many locations but this one is my favorite

Village Vanguard

〒155-0031 世田谷区北沢2-10-15 マルシェ下北沢/

Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa

2-10-15 Marche Shimokitazawa

Store Hours/ 10:00-24:00

Open daily


Shimokitazawa has always been

one of my favorite places to hang out.

As soon as the school was over,

I would walk there

and stay there until it got dark.

The place has changed a lot

but it still got the same charm….

If you like retro stuff,

and if you want to see how 60s and 70s were

in Japan, it’s must-go.

(Also you will find vintage French and American

apparels and products in a very good condition.)



a jar full…

7 Feb

I love buttons.

I get so excited when I see

huge tubs filled with vintage buttons.

All the colors and different shapes

inspire me to make something.

They are like candies

that don’t kill your teeth.

So sweet.

Yum yum.


On Sunday, after having a brunch with

Matthew (yes click!!) at Fada,

I was walking to go to

Mast Brother’s Chocolate

and decided to stop by at Junk on Driggs.

You know, when you pass by at a thrift store

or a vintage store,

and when you feel like something is

calling you,

your instinct is usually right.

You will find something that excites you.


I went inside the store

and stumbled upon pools of buttons.

Yes, butterflies in my stomach.

I think I stayed there for 90 minutes or so,

just searching for pretty buttons.


I got an eye candy and inspiration,

instead of a candy wrapped in a gold foil.


5 Jul












Two of my friends from Seattle, Midori and Bryan, were in Tokyo

so we all hung out with their friends on Saturday night.

We went to Shinjuku and had dinner at

世界の山ちゃん (Sekai-no Yamachan )

After food, we walked a little and went to

a gay bar called

Advocates .

Oh boy, it was so much fun.

It was raining pretty hard but we were drinking outside with others

and there was a DJ and people from

many other countries.

It took me back to Seattle for a moment.

Since I was away from Japan during the college days,

I actually don’t know that many good places to go for a night-out,

so I was very glad to know about this place.

I hope Tokyo truly becomes a comfortable place for everybody

whether you are gay, bi or straight.

I wonder if any of you know

other good bars to hang out???

Today (Monday) I had dinner with Marina-chan

who has been my best buddy since our kindergarten days.

Here is a little secret of mine…

She had…and still has big round eyes and had a white dog called Jump,

and I was secretly envious of her.

We went to an Izakaya called

井の頭 汁べゑ

(Inokashira Shirubeh)

This is a very cool place to go if you are in Kichijoji area.

All the dishes are delicious (….as far as I know)

and the people are SUPER friendly

and on top of that,  it’s a very budget-friendly place.

I had this beer that was very good

but I forgot the name already…

Ooops, this is what alcohol does to you, kids.

I will make sure to write it down the next time I am there.

Aside from those beer and dessert, we ate pretty healthy

….I think???

A terrific pudding… ❤

The surface of the pudding is burnt after you order,

and that part gets bitter-sweet and crispy.

This photo looks like an alien abduction on a pudding though.

After our stomach got satisfied,

we then wanted to satisfy our shoe-shopping cravings

but pretty much nothing was opened except for UNIQLO

inside the Yodobashi Camera building.





We bought matching room-wears !!


We are going to look like prisoners!

Just kidding. It’s more like a marine style.

Sleep over party しなきゃねー。