japan

Travel Notes in Japan with Maven by geraldine kane

MATSUMOTO CITY
I recently wrote about a short trip to a small city in the Japanese Alps for the online journal of our beautiful Belfast stockist, Maven.
Click through to Maven to read more about life and design outside of Tokyo. 🏯

Matsumoto castle, Japan

Matsumoto castle, Japan

 

See you in a bit,
G


Stor, A New Irish Design Shop in Tokyo by geraldine kane

There's been a lot happening here in Tokyo recently. I've been working with a good friend, Mizue, who has decided to open a design shop in Daikanyama that showcases contemporary  Irish design.

The idea began slowly, a long time ago. We had been discussing, on and off, Mizue's desire for a new challenge and a new career. Originally a graphic designer, she hoped for something creative but with a different pace of working.

After exhibiting at Showcase 2015 with ISLE, I showed her photos of the interesting and beautiful products I saw there. Instantly she said 'I'll open an Irish Design shop' - and she did.

www.stor-daikanyama.com
@stor_daikanyama [Instagram + Twitter]

Thank you,

G


big buddha day trip by geraldine kane

Recently, ISLE's lovely mum and dad visited Tokyo for a couple of weeks. After plenty of pottering around town soaking up the buzz, we decided to get out of the city and head to Kamakura, a beautiful coastal town about an hour from Tokyo. Apart from lots of stylish little shops and cafes, Kamakura's biggest attraction is the Big Buddha! It stands (sits) serenely at almost 44ft tall, overlooking the teeming tourists posing for photographs.

We were lucky to have a beautifully crisp sunny day for our trip- perfect light for taking photos and annoying the others by constantly stopping to photograph something else :)

Hot off the press custard-filled Buddhas 

Hot off the press custard-filled Buddhas 

Hello!

Hello!

After all the sightseeing, photographing, eating and drinking, we watched the sun set from Kamakura beach. As the light faded, we began our journey back to city-life and turned our attention to the important issue of Saturday night food and drinks with friends.

Not a bad little trip out of town, eh?

G