Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Bonsai and Zakka in Jiyugaoka
Another "well-hidden" lovely shop of my favourite from Jiyugaoka is the wonderful bonsai shop/atelier called "shinajina". They do a very modern cool bonsai art, both selling and giving lessons. I met up with lovely Bree from ii-ne-kore who was in Tokyo last week and took her there. (she's in Kyoto now enjoying sakura, she just emailed to me and said they had some snow! snowed while sakura in bloom -how amazing!) Both Bree and I went crazy gazing at these awesome bonsai pieces, and the great containers they had there. They were preparing for a class inside, for making sakura bonsai!! I must go and try one of their workshops soon I decided.
And this one is a sweet little zakka shop called "ochi-kochi" (THIS PLACE HAS MOVED FROM HERE AND THEN LATER CLOSED) that we also went. Every time I go visit this place I feel I want to buy the whole shop! They have beautiful Japanese tableware - ceramics, wooden and woven kitchenware and cute little kids clothing. The owner is a lovely lady too which makes me love this shop even more! She happily let me take a few shots of her shop so here they are to share with you :)
Then we went to cafe ikanika (which you would have known so well by now if you read my blog for a while!) and had a very nice lunch. And it was really fun to meet lovely Bree from Melbourne and I had a wonderful time though was for a quick one! Arigato Bree for coming to Jiyugaoka :)