Tuesday, 30 August 2016



federation square


Another typhoon is hitting Tokyo this morning, my July (and August) also seems to have came and gone almost like a typhoon.

This July marked 7 years since I started UGUiSU, and in this special month I was lucky enough to have made my long time dream of having a pop up shop in Melbourne to come true. My last visit to Melbourne was 7 years ago so it had been a long time, when I first moved to Melbourne was something like...almost 20 years ago so, that is like another lifetime. Scary.

I am also realising that it was right after my last trip to Melbourne when I decided to start this blog (which then led me to start UGUiSU), I did not care if anyone would read it or I really thought no one would be interested but I felt I needed to use English more to keep it up so I made this blog and started posting some photos and blurbs. Maybe no one saw them but my first posts were actually Melbourne. (It's sad that this beautiful hotel I stayed is no longer there.)

I was just super crazy busy during my trip but I did enjoy some really great food and places so I will start posting about them!


Wednesday, 18 May 2016


sakura at yutenji temple
sakura at yutenji temple
sakura at yutenji temple
sakura at yutenji temple
sakura at yutenji temple
sakura at yutenji temple

My favourite place to see sakura in the neighbourhood, Yutenji-temple. Enjoying it quietly and peacefully with my camera avoiding crowd is my kind of ohanami. Because of the weather how it got quite chilly after starting to bloom, blossoms stayed longer than usual this year which was nice. No blue sky in the background, but I actually love photographing sakura on cloudy days, don't you think it looks extra pretty?

sakura at yutenji temple

Thursday, 31 March 2016


Finally it's spring. Cherry blossoms are bursting towards peak bloom right now and it's just so exciting! I've just got a roll of film developed and loaded a new one ready to shoot all the sakura blossoms. So I thought before it gets all pink I'd share some of my latest film shots of my space. I hope everyone enjoys the season the way that is perfect for each of you!

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I love having Renilde's works (mobiles, potholders and cushions) in my shop, Hanna's illustrations are very enchanting too. Mary's beautiful photography post cards... I really enjoy having works of the lovely people I have met through this blog♡ 

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Monday, 1 February 2016


Yellow is my favourite colour especially in cold winter as I see it as a sign of spring - end to the cold. Uplifting! Mimosa right outside my shop started to bloom weeks early this year as we had strangely warm weather at the beginning of this winter, I thought they must be regretting for popping out too early but they seem to be doing pretty well and there is a little bit more of that yellow now each day,  will be so much more in the coming weeks. Enchanting!

February to me is a special month, I like to think that January is the time to prepare for the rest of the year and I can start from here now feeling all fresh. Maybe it's just a poor excuse for letting the first month of the new year go without really fulfilling much of the new year resolutions.... Well anyway, I am excited for my new year starting today!

Happy February!

Photos are from the always special mina perhonen kyoto store.

Monday, 2 November 2015


Today more than ever I feel so thankful and spent my day thinking of all the happy faces and kind gestures so many people have performed on me and my shoppe in the past 3 years . My physical store turned 3 today, I could never imagine it to come as far as here, especially in the first 2 years when keeping positive thoughts often seemed the hardest thing. I've had so many ups and downs but I could make it through because of everyone who supported in all possible ways from near and far. It feels almost miracle but I always saw a tiny light of hope in every compliment someone gave me with the kindest words or in the glow in their eyes, when you know they mean it it becomes the best gift to wish for. When someone personally recommended to their friends who they think might enjoy my store, that also really touched. I am a very lucky person obviously but I hope I can also be the one to give as much love as I receive. My journey will go on and I am ready to challenge what's more to come.

photo by kazuhiro terauchi for The Weekender (big thanks to maria!)

Included in an amazing Tokyo guide by Michelle & Steve - TOKYO PRECINCTS
Included in one of Isabelle's 53 favourite addresses of Tokyo.

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