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Kirra Jamison loves Japan!

21st November, 2011
Jenny Butler
Monday 21st November 2011

Today we welcome Kirra Jamison to the Guest Blog! No doubt you all know and love Kirra and her delightful work (check out her website here) and we are super excited that we will have some of Kirra's works at TDF Open House too! This week Kirra will be blogging about some of the things she did and saw during her recent 3 month stay in Tokyo, we're in for a great week friends! -Jenny x

Enoshima beach just outside of Tokyo is all kinds of wrong. It’s the Miami of Japan and a mecca for false eyelashes. Not what I was expecting from a day at the beach but loads of fun and unbelievable people watching.

For the past three months I’ve had the good fortune of calling Tokyo home. Despite (small) earthquakes, (big) typhoons and a sweltering hot summer it was an inspiring few months and I have definitely rekindled my love for Japanese culture. Today I'm sharing a mixed bag of photographs taken during the trip. I hope you enjoy my week of all things Japanese.

- Kirra x

View from our apartment in Takadanobaba (home of Astro Boy!).

There is a lot to love about this little organic cafe in Osaka. Tomomi Yokota opened  Le Coccole four years ago after quiting her job as a software engineer for Fuji Film! Tomomi now spends her days making delicious organic food and sharing her love of macrobiotic cooking.Check out Tomomi's amazing pumpkin and tofu cake on Keke, my new recipe blog project. And by the way Osaka is a rad, soulful city that's often over-shadowed by Tokyo, so make sure not to leave it off your itinerary when you visit Japan!

How to fix a leaky roof the Tokyo Metro way.

Mellow Cat Cafe Kichijoji where all but one of the five cats have been adopted from shelters.

Customers are given warning notes that read ‘Don’t be fooled by her pretty face, Megu is a great hunter’ and are asked to ‘respect the cat’s feeling and peaceful life’.

Picnic in the park (chicken shaped fried egg anyone??) and a riverside picnic

Check it out - coolest dog in the world (almost), Yoyogi Park.

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