i love this book, a year in japan, by kate t. williamson - really intimate, lovely little drawings about one person's year-long exploration of kyoto and japanese culture. it feeds my fetish for their lifestyle!
and when i go to japan someday, i need to...
- check out yuzawaya - it's a fabric and crafting mecca.
- explore the 100 yen stores - the japanese equivalent of a $1 store. here's a good one, called natural kitchen. in the meantime, i go here to get my fix: marukai (my favorite one is on hawthorne boulevard in torrance, but not on the website)
- go to a gathering of the tokyo stitch 'n' bitch
- shop for some zakka - hug o' war seems a good place to start
this month (march 2005), lucky magazine has a beautifully comprehensive guide to shopping in tokyo - i won't forget to bring that with me!