December 29th, 2012
Archive for December, 2012
December 26th, 2012
December 24th, 2012
December 22nd, 2012
These photos are from one of the nicest summer days I had this year. At Cat Lake, Squamish, British Colombia, we were with good friends, good food, and lots of sunshine.
Some were talking about their crochet, taking pictures, or making some grilled corns. Feeling completely free. I liked the long white ribbon tape that my friend put up between the trees. The wind was blowing, and it looked beautiful.
December 19th, 2012
This is a pottery gallery/shop I visited at the end of my short trip to Mashiko, Japan in May 2012. I liked their open concept design and the stunning garden. With no glass windows, all I heard was the viewers’ foot steps and the leaves trembling. The atmosphere was discreet, yet organic and pleasant. ”Dream” was right.
December 17th, 2012
There’s a set of small tea cups my father favours at home in Japan. They are always placed neatly and carefully on the top of the dining kitchen shelf. They’re white, simple, light, smooth and delicate. Every single night, after dinner, my father chooses the white small tea cup and serves his green tea. He takes his tea seriously and likes to drink it out of his favourite cup. I have the same habit. I don’t drink green tea every night like my father, but I do have my favourite cups to drink coffee or tea out of daily. Something about the cup’s texture, colour or its size, it’s such a small detail but it makes my daily routine a little more special. Clearly it was my father who taught me how to appreciate things like that in daily life.
My father had an opportunity to visit the pottery master in Mashiko (Tochigi), Japan, who made his favourite tea cups. So I followed.
In the middle of nowhere, deeper in the mountain, far away from other houses, there was an old house standing quietly and peacefully.
The master’s words were not too many. When I saw his aged hands, the story was there.
December 14th, 2012
Founded in 1998 by pottery designer Baba Koshi, the original Starnet location in Mashiko, Japan has grown into a gallery, organic cafe, studio and shop. (Now they have gallery spaces in Tokyo and Osaka also.) Starnet has been involved in various activities through practicing life style in a way of creative self-sufficiency harmonized with nature in the town of Mashiko.
Their food was something I was looking forward to try, of course. The daily special lunch was made with their freshest vegetables and ingredients. The recipe was simple and everything tasted honest and flavourful. And that’s a piece of tofu green tea sponge cake I had for dessert! So delicious… I felt relaxed and calm in the space. All they had was everything I wanted. A unique and perfect balance of Japanese sensibility mixed with nature.
Will be back there again.
December 13th, 2012
Oh my goodness.
How long has it been?
I just got back.
My last post was on August 28th, 2012. It’s December 12th, 2012 today.
A couple of months were left empty in my calendar. But that’s OK.
I thought of that warm sunny day in Japan, driving on the countryside road, away from the busy city.
All I saw ahead was the green mountains and the blue sky.
Now I hear the alarm going off, the morning light is slowly waking me up.
The air feels very cold in my room lately.