Archive | November, 2011

Kawaii House Interior

27 Nov

Kawaii House Inrterior
16/JUL/2011 on air

NIGO is a fashion director of A Bathing Ape who loves to modify vintage furniture from 1950’s. In this episode, Tokyo Kawaii TV shows how Japanese young people live in an unique interior.

A 33-year-old man who works as a sports instructor modified his 3 bedroom like a Japanese garden. He placed stones in the 6 Jo (=6 tatami mats) room by himself. His house is totally decorated in Japanese style. The blissful moment is when he relaxes with a drink in this room.

A 26-year-old woman who works as a dokumo (an amateur fashion model from subscribers of the fashion magazine) modified a 3 bedroom apartment by herself. The theme of her room is adult-Hime room. She’s spent 1 million yen so far to buy rococo furniture so it should match the interior image. She used to be a Yamanba Gyaru but now she is a beautiful princess. But you’ll never guess her main job as a driver of a trailer!

At a Hobby Show 2011, Girl’s DIY attracted people in this year. DIY Joshi-bu is a club from women who love DIY. Mr. Ikki and Beni-chan modified a 1000yen chair to something unique.

Tokyo cool room file No.1
A room in a colorful wall paper. It’s Mika Ninagawa‘s room. It’s actually her works that she used for wall paper! She thinks it’s important what surrounds her.

Tokyo cool room file No.2
This shared house is very unique. It’s a 20-year-old building that has recently renovated. The house has 11 mobile boxes for 11 people who share this house. Each box has 3J (3 tatami mats) and its monthly rent is 53,000 yen. It’s up to the resident how he or she wants to decorate inside the box. They can even hold a party in a large space that can hold about 50 people at a time, when all the boxes are moved to the other side of the space. Basically the house is for creators for their creative interaction.

Tokyo cool room file No.3
30-year-old 2 bedroom apartment was totally renovated by a housewife. This housewife visited Bordeaux (France) several times to study how the antique furniture in a farm house looks like. Then she studied how to paint furniture with antique taste. “Antique furniture is very expensive in Japan, but when I made antique-look furniture by myself, it was fun! It doesn’t cost much and I can do it as I like.” She has been introduced in a magazine and she is popular among housewives who love this taste.

Morimayu-chan works as a sales assistant as well as a blogger. But her room is messed up.

Kojimagic, a comedian who also is good at making use of the goods from 100 yen shop to make cabinets and storage, helped place a dressing table in the room after cleaning it up for over 4 hours. He put 2 shelves together and placed 2 drawers: one for summer clothing and the other for winter clothing. What’s interesting is that he used goods from 100 yen shop in a different way from how they are normally used.

Some people who are working in an interior industry check up 30 cheap chairs that are priced between 3,000-4,000 yen.
They’ve published MONOQLO magazine to provide the readers with how to distinguish between the good and the bad especially among low-priced furniture brands such as IKEA, Nitori, and Muji (Mujirushi). Of course, these companies are unhappy about this magazine.

Tokyo cool room file No.4
A studio room with a monthly rent of 84,000 yen, in Tokyo.
This room is decorated in French taste. A wall is painted with chalkboard paint. A woman who lives in this room has never been out of Japan but she wishes to check out flea markets in France, buy some furniture there and open her shop in Japan in the future.

Tokyo cool room file No.5
A studio room with a monthly rent of 70,000 yen, in Tokyo.
This room is full of figures. It’s Maruyacco‘s room.

Kirin’s opinion:
I remember some of the readers mentioned they want to see house interiors in Tokyo. The rooms introduced in this episode are so unique but it’s true some people pursue the taste they like this much. It’s so much fun to look at interior magazines and plan or do something about one’s own house. Nitori for example has become so successful because their reasonable priced furniture, window treatments, and etc. are appreciated by the majority of people during the current economic slump. I know a lot more decent furniture brands but their products are too expensive considering how our economy situation is. Reasonable furniture, clothing and food are strong in Japan now, due to economic downturn.

About the house rent, it’s common in Tokyo to pay 70,000-80,000 or even 100,000 yen monthly to rent a small studio room with a tiny kitchen and a small sink combined with a small bathroom. House share was not popular 10-15 years ago, but lately it’s no longer. There are many nice shared houses in Tokyo and people love it because it’s cheap and fun.

Disclaimer: Tokyo Kawaii TV is a TV program owned and broadcasted by NHK Japan, and has nothing to do with this blog.

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Kayo Satoh

24 Nov

Here’s Apple’s post. 🙂

Kayo Satoh may well be every guy’s dream girl!
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Nice soba restaurant!

21 Nov

nearest train station: Not accessible by train
location: Susono, Shizuoka
phone: 0559-98-0170
open: 11:30am- 6:00pm
close: Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

I had a chance to visit this nice Soba restaurant the other day, on the way to an onsen hotel in Shizuoka with a family of my husband’s.

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Nakano Broadway and Mandarake

12 Nov

vintage toys, MANDARAKE and more
Nakano Broadway
nearest train station: Nakano
address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
phone: 03-3388-7004

I suppose Nakano Broadway and MANDARAKE shops are familiar among foreign tourists. Anyhow, I dropped at that place for the first time, after I had a lunch with my husband near the area.

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Kawaii dog apparel online shop (product review)

8 Nov


“Idog” is a kawaii dog clothing online shop in Japan. The good news today is they opened an online shop dedicated to international shoppers in English!
Here’s the website. Check it out! => idog

I’ve declined proposals to do a product review for a specific item so many times so far, but I accepted this one for the first time because I’m in love with their products! I was allowed to choose a set of harness and leash and 1 piece of clothing for this article. I actually spent so much time to choose them because they carry so many kawaii clothing. ^ ^;;

I finally settled at this set of harness and leash and a raincoat for Pi-chan.

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I'm learning how to wear a kimono now!

4 Nov

You may be surprised to hear that I’m learning how to wear a kimono now in my 30s for the first time, which means I’ve spent my life without knowing it, nevertheless I’m Japanese.

I don’t think you believe that we are dressed in kimono everyday today or Ninja is still around the corner in Japan. No, you don’t because I know TKE readers are in love with Japan and our interesting/weird culture so much, so you know our everyday life is not pretty much different from yours. We are dressed in pants or skirt, and shirt or sweater. Most of us rarely wear a kimono in our daily life. Thus, what we do is that we normally go to a hair salon to get dressed with kimono when we have our hair (and makeup) arranged for a special occasion such as wedding ceremony, graduation ceremony, or on the Coming-of-Age Day (mid. January).

Do you have such occasions many times in your life?
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