November 24, 2016


I collect Japanese “mooks” (magazine-books) that feature home decor, design, architecture, craft, lifestyle, etc.  They're my favorite possessions.  We were burglarized last year, so they're pretty much my only possessions now.  Just so you know, I plan to steal these from your house.

I scanned a few pages from Casa Brutus magazine (please pardon the sub-excellent scan job).

Coil - Akihisa Hirata

Sou Fujimoto - Na House

Top image:  Optical Glass House, Hiroshi Nakamura

Second image:  Coil, Akihisa Hirata

Fourth image:  Na House, Sou Fujimoto

I'm sorry to say that I don't know who designed the house depicted in the third image (don't you love the desk/storage stairs?).  Please let me know if you know who this architect is (does it say in the Japanese text?).

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April 30, 2017

For Christmas, I gave Mom several presents, including a set of artisan felted wool coasters.  The set consisted of two mustard yellow coasters and two royal blue coasters, with an artsy silkscreened design on the top of each coaster.  

After a few months, I noticed that Mom consistently used the blue coasters on the correct side and the yellow coasters turned over to wrong side.

"You don’t like the yellow coasters?" I asked her one day.

"It’s fine."

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April 24, 2017

I feel especially Asian when I drink jasmine tea and dine on heroin-sprinkled, crispy lotus slices.
Two trays o' food
Two trays o' food

April 23, 2017

I'm going to start posting random photos from my collection of Japanese home decor magazines, since I love the combination of Japanese kanji/hirigana/katakana with impeccable styling/photography/layout.  

This one is from a magazine called Kawaii [Something], Volume 2.  I have no idea what the second word is.  

At the top of the cover, there are some characters that read "putesuito na interia to [something] hon."  Something interior and something book.  aahhh I don't know.