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Japanese Pins

From time to time I visit Pinterest to seek (and to pin) inspiration but lately, my visits have become less and less frequent. Something may be about to change all that, however.

I have a long-held affection for all things Japanese and have always wanted to live there or at least visit. I even considered doing my internship there as a second-year fashion student but as I do not speak the language, the point was rather moot.


/Images from: Jonsi/


I have quite a few bento box and kawaii pins on my Cute Food board but it struck me today that I did not have one dedicated to Japan and its other uniquely adorable eccentricities. I quickly remedied the situation this afternoon and I fear that I may now be, henceforth, sucked straight back into another pinning vortex.

Have you ever been to Japan? What was it like? I promise to contain my jealousy enough to pay rapt attention.

P.S. You can view my exercise in vicarious living here.

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Reader Comments (14)

I love this post, Chi. Though, I may be biased. Can you believe I am half Japanese and have never been to Japan proper. I have been to Okinawa twice, but it's very different than visiting, say, Tokyo. It's on our wish list of places to travel, especially with the kids. I have to say, the Japanese do make the cutest, most clever products. Kawaii, indeed!

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Chi, Heather from Canal Notes has just been to Japan and wrote 2 brilliant posts about her trip there. Take a look.

I'm also fascinated with Japan and trip there is high on the list. Barriers: I would like to spend 3 weeks there ( not possible at the moment), fly Business Class ( possible ) and find the right opportunity. Until then, I shall comfort myself with reading about people's trips there and view pictures on Pinterest.

Hope you have fully recovered x

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

I've never been but I'd love to go to Tokyo one day! I heard a rumor that after the tsunami and nuclear reactor incident, the board of Tourism for the country was attempting to get a proposal accepted that would give 10,000 free flights to Tokyo with the condition that people used social media to talk about their experience. I guess tourism took a huge hit since people were afraid of radiation and all that, but I haven't heard whether the measure was approved or not. I think I'd go if I had a free flight, it's a bit further for us than it would be for you Europeans :) (Ahh, just googled, apparently it never came to fruition, they decided to use all that money and you know, help the towns actually devastated by the tsunami. Novel!)

That said, I LOVE pinterest and will pop over and check out your new board. I love all things adorably Japanese (Kawaii makes my little heart flutter) so I can't wait!

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Chi I'll come to Japan with you! x

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterursula (room to bloom)

that coca cola machine made me smile! Currently collecting Shinzi Katoh - cute and quirky! Thanks for sharing those images :)

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeraldine

heh chi... i've only ever been to tokyo (would so love to check out those darned cherry blossoms one day), but it was an eye opener indeed... getting a meal wherein we actually knew what we were eating in advance of ordering was a bit of a hoot! and dedicated smoking rooms where people walked in off the street to partake of their vice whilst standing in a smoke-filled goldfish bowl... very amusing for us non-smokers... there was a real sense of energy there and then, amid the madness, a temple or two where a simple cleansing ceremony once again restored calm... put it on your bucket list and make it happen chica!

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersue

Japan would be an interesting place to visit, I too would like to go some day. I saw a documentary on the Geisha not so long ago and it so piqued my interest. The culture, the food, there'd be so much to take in.

Hey I love the guy on your pinterest board with the maze printed suit :-)

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam Lennie

Oh I want to go even more now I've read Sue's comments! Roadtrip!!!!....?
I love those pictures, they remind me of that cartoon about the machine called Bertha - remember?

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

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