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let me guess that the shiseido stuff for having short hair erected is something someone who always has no time in the morning is supposed to use. maybe like someone who wakes up and has to go out soon and wants to style as quickly/easily as possible. basically for the half sleeping hair right after being separated off the pillow, so not wet especially, and originally for the head without any diligent idea of using a blow dryer.

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thanks so much for translating M and for interpreting runner!
that makes sense...
and seems perfect for me...
i HATE styling my hair---...

that is so interesting about the issey miyake exhibit...
i saw that show here in NYC...
it continues to stay with me...
it was so nice to see the footage of the kids interacting with it...
my heart still beats a little faster when i think about it...
the sense of lightness and joy i felt when i was at that show is something i will never forget...
i often wish that it would be done again because i'd like to take everyone i know to go see it and experience it for themselves...

that - and the boiler room featuring yohji's inverted wedding dress are the two most remarkable displays i have ever seen of 'fashion as art'...

again~i did not realize it was his exhibit design...
i guess i really do like his work...
even more than i realized...
*one funny thing is that there was a video about his work during the exhibit in tokyo that i watched in a small room, but i don't remember them mentioning any of this...
they did mention that he had worked with issey miyake- but more about the window displays...
i didn't not realize how deep the collaboration went...
thanks so much for enlightening me~!

thanks also for explaining about the nya body---
i guess i can understand this now that i understand more about japanese culture and aesthetics...
though i probably would not have realised this totally on my own...
and it is still something odd to my western sensibilities...
i would say it is something peculiarly particular to the japanese...


i confess, now that you have explained it so well...
i can definitely see the cuteness in the oddness...
i may even start to like it now...
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these are some socks i did find while i was there...
vivienne westwood
i've never seen socks by her before, not even in her london flagship!
and the orb logo is one of my favourite graphics on earth...
so i was mighty pleased when i found these- i think they are from seibu...

and the mina perhonen socks come from their little corner store-
it's in harajuku/omotesando?- on the outskirts by some museum? the one you mentioned to me runner...
i went there in the evening and then had dinner at ippudo which was close by...
i wish i had realized about the museum because i might have gone in, but it was closed by the time i got there...
anyway- i'm very glad i found the store and these cozy wool socks...
love the colours- the black and brown with the burnt orange is just so unusual to find and so elegant to me...
isn't the packaging adorable?
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Oh very cute socks! Looove VW!! (But not in the Goth-lolita way she's popular in Japan.)

Yeah, in Japan they have these licensed V.W. accessories...they have shoes, socks/leggings/tights, and I think they had wallets and things too. They had these adorable multi-strap shoes I wanted so badly, but since they're made for the Japanese market they were too small for me.

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with his work, tokujin finds the senses and feelings the most important. for example, if he does a chair, he wants the chair to have a new, unexpected noise, a new sense of touch, etc, when you sit on it. rather than designing the shape, form, or appearance, he wants to be designing the sensation. rather than the object, it's the feeling.

the success of the display in the boiler room by masao nihei seems to have come from water. if it had been a mirror, it might have been too hard, stable, and clear even in the dim-lighted space, as gaston bachelard says "one cannot dream profoundly with objects. to dream profoundly, one must dream with substances".
and then, rather than yohji's dress, perhaps it was his dress in the water.
it's the imagination rather than the object, here too.


thanks for the pics of the lovely socks!
I remember you got the wool ones at the harajuku store, but didn't know you got the vivienne westwood ones at seibu. you seem to be a serious hunter.
the mina perhonen shopping bag looks a bit like my lunch bag from muji.

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things from a little popup neko shop at parco
small stickers of illustrations by ayako ishiguro etc, cookies that look a bit like cat food, a tent for cats, and more


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btw, what ayako ishiguro does is this kind of stuff


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with his work, tokujin finds the senses and feelings the most important. for example, if he does a chair, he wants the chair to have a new, unexpected noise, a new sense of touch, etc, when you sit on it. rather than designing the shape, form, or appearance, he wants to be designing the sensation. rather than the object, it's the feeling.

the success of the display in the boiler room by masao nihei seems to have come from water. if it had been a mirror, it might have been too hard, stable, and clear even in the dim-lighted space, as gaston bachelard says "one cannot dream profoundly with objects. to dream profoundly, one must dream with substances".
and then, rather than yohji's dress, perhaps it was his dress in the water.
it's the imagination rather than the object, here too.


thanks for the pics of the lovely socks!
I remember you got the wool ones at the harajuku store, but didn't know you got the vivienne westwood ones at seibu. you seem to be a serious hunter.
the mina perhonen shopping bag looks a bit like my lunch bag from muji.
doitashimashite...

i was definitely hunting...
you have no idea......
mostly i didn't even stop for lunch...
i was in serious editor mode...
absorbing everything and trying to digest it all and make selections...
though this is a natural thing for me to do, it was actually a lot of work because there was so much to absorb...
i really felt like i was on a job...


* i have been wondering what this muji lunch bag looks like~!

thanks for explaining about tokujin...
the quote and what you say makes perfect sense in this context...
especially when i think about some of his chairs and how they wobble and move if you sit in one...
there was also a piece with running water in the center of the exhibition i saw...
i can hear that water every time i view one of the works from that show...
it makes a big difference in how i experience the pieces...

same for the yohji exhibit by masao nihei..
the light was also so important in that show---the reflection...
and actually being IN the water in the little boat changed everything...
it changed the feeling and also the actual water and the image in it...

interactive art is pretty cool...


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Oh very cute socks! Looove VW!! (But not in the Goth-lolita way she's popular in Japan.)

Yeah, in Japan they have these licensed V.W. accessories...they have shoes, socks/leggings/tights, and I think they had wallets and things too. They had these adorable multi-strap shoes I wanted so badly, but since they're made for the Japanese market they were too small for me.
thanks dear...
thse shoes sound sweet...
but- umm...i thought you WERE japanese...
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runner- the cat 'tent' is adorable~!...
mr mochi would love that!
(yes, melisande, that is the name of my cat......)

he sometimes likes to lay under the coffee table while i sit on the couch...
it's the same kind of effect...
like being under an awning, in a way...
i'm afraid that i would never get him to come out if he had something like that...
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the ayako ishiguro drawings are very kawaii and funny...

i especially like the droopy one...
it's somehow got that creepy/kawaii feeling you explained earlier in this thread, runner...
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thanks dear...
thse shoes sound sweet...
but- umm...i thought you WERE japanese...
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Hey there! I'm back in Tokyo now, came to this thread for shopping inspiration, lol. Passed by the Seibu window display yesterday and thought of you and Runner.

Just saw this Softie, I AM Japanese, lol, no worries , born and raised Tokyo-ite, Japanese national. Except I'm mixed (ha-fu as they say here ) so I'm taller and wear bigger sized shoes!! Which is a nightmare in Japan. Which is why I'm glad I live in Paris now .

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ah!
thanks for explaining Melisande...
yes- i guess that would be a problem...
i have a friend who is 100% japanese who still has that issue...
she ends up buying european brands mostly...

here is a pic of some of the kitchen stuff i came home with...
purchased at tokyu hands mostly...
the wooden tools and grater were purchased at a stall in a train station...
i also got an ear cleaner!!!...never saw one of those before!...
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the lip balm was one of several varieties that i got...
i was very interested in trying shiseido's drugstore brands, since we only have their premium stuff here...
honestly, this is good, but they are all very good...
i like them all much better than what is available here...
they are more like glycerine than wax...
silkier and more sheer, yet still very moisturizing and emollient...

the last pic is my big green beetle buddy who stayed on the patio with me for a couple of days...
when he decided to fly away i got so shocked/surprised/scared...
it sounded like a small helicopter was taking off~!!!
really unexpected...

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Awww he's a little kanabun! I had one perched on my chopsticks the other day as I tried to eat and I don't know if he frightened me more or if I did!

Yes, kitchen supplies, absolutely. I stock up in Japan, mostly similar stuff as yours. Sesame grinder, mandolin, chopsticks, wooden utensils, strainer, white sponges, thermoses, and this time I got two rectangular frying pans for tamagoyaki, and I'm still looking for a kyuusu teapot for my daily green tea.

I do agree the Japanese lip creams are pretty effective and drugstore brands are great here. I mostly stock up on sunscreen and foundation in Tokyo.

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I looked at the thermoses and while they are really nice as you described, I really could not imagine any relevance to my life, so I decided to skip it...
honestly, I use all of the stuff on a weekly, if not daily, basis...
even the avocado masher and the tongs...
the big salt shaker is something i saw at a restaurant and have never seen anywhere before and i have to say that i find it so great...
it's really big so it holds a LOT and the cover pops off easily so I can use it for cooking as well as after cooking...
but it stays secure so I don't have salt spills...
can't say enough about that thing...

the color of the green beetle is so much nicer in person...
i almost didn't post the pic cause it doesn't really show the beauty of the bug...
but i can't believe you call it little!!!
ha! we have brown beetles here that look almost exactly the same but they are slightly smaller than my thumbnail...
this guy was the size of half of my thumb, at least...
to me, that is a HUGE beetle~!
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i did try to find some sun block, as per your suggestion, but i found it too difficult to determine what was what......
eventually i ran out of time and gave up...

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huge is saved for this type of guy over here!

and my fave one btw


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you know- i used to think it was funny that japanese people would like insects so much while we americans run away from them screaming...
even the tiny ones...
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but seeing how beautiful these guys are, i can definitely understand it all much better...
that blue one doesn't even seem possible...
it looks like something a child would make up in their head...
i can imagine how children must fall in love with them!
and eventually become adults who love them...

most of ours are all black or brown and really not very cute, unfortunately...

thanks for posting those pics runner...
i don't think i ever could have imagined a blue bug with polka dots!...
and that is definitely a HUGE beetle...
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