So, there is only one day left of 2012. Another year is about to end and a new year is about start. It feels it was only about a few months ago when I sat down and wrote this post a year ago....

2012 has been a mix of bitterness and sweetness for me, but in the last quarter an unexpected opportunity arose and I had a big challenge of opening up a shop(!) which was the most amazing thing that happened to me this year. There is no doubt that 2013 will be an even more challenging one especially with my shop and I am looking forward to it.

I'm sorry I could not update my blog so much or to have been so behind in following blogrolls (my google reader constantly told me that I had 1000+ unread feeds *snort*) this year, but I am hoping to be back here more often in the new year! (New Year's Resolution Number 1!)

Even though I had not been around here much I always read each of your comment sent to via Email and was always given smiles and got encouraged. I hope you know how much I appreciate your thoughts and words.

I wish you all and the world a happy and healthy new year!

With many many thanks and lots of love from Tokyo,

P.S. I will be having a New Year Sale at my online store, it will officially start and be announced on the New Year's Day but if you are ready to shop here is the coupon code only for my blog readers - HAPPY2013 . Enter the code at checkout and you will receive 13% off* entire store. ENJOY!

*13% off will only be for pre-sale for my blog readers and after the official New Year Sale starts on New Year's Day the discount will be changed to 10%.
Also, free shipping upgrade will not be applied during the sale.


  1. Happy New Year Hiki:)
    Wish everything will be brighter for everyone in the coming year.

  2. Happy New Year! 良いお年よ!

  3. ヒキさん、今年は頑張りしたね!おつお疲れ様でした。Sometimes, it is difficult to keep up with blogging! ): 頑張りましょう!正月はすばらしいですね。やりたいです。

  4. happy new year hiki!
    thank you for beautiful photos in this year.
    wish you can see the happy world around you in next year .


  5. happy new year. thank you for the past year of beautiful images and inspirations.

  6. and happy new year to you from malaysia!

  7. way to go on your shop opening!!!!! i hope to maybe come to tokyo this coming year-thank you for keeping my intrigue with japan alive and well. all the best in 2013 Hiki! x

  8. Hiki, happy new year!
    Wish your shop running smooth and well in the coming year! You will be smart and able to overcome the incoming challenges:))))

  9. happy new year dear Hiki, hope it will be the most amazing year for you. I remember how happy I was when I read about your little shop, I hope so much I will be able to visit it this year. big hugs, xx

  10. Happy New Year! I really enjoy reading your blog :)

  11. Happy 2013 and congrats on your new store!

  12. Happy New Year and congratulations on opening the shop, Hiki! I am looking forward to seeing more posts from you this year.

  13. i hope you had a wonderful and safe happy new years Hikisan!!
    i send me warmth from Hawaii all the way to Tokyo to you and your loved ones!
    i really am THANKFUL to have met a friend like you!
    cheer mate!!

  14. This picture is lovely ! Happy new year & congrats :)


your kind words are always welcome and appreciated! arigato :)