Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rabbit Cafe With Real Live Rabbits

'Usagi no E-hon' is one of Shimokitazawa's rabbit caf├ęs. Up a steep, narrow wooden staircase festooned with white rabbit silhouettes, fake flowers and decals on Shimokita's Ichibangai, you will find nine fluffy bunnies. The space is immaculate and covered in all things 'rabbit'. Stuffed Peter Rabbit toys, rabbit books, trinkets, pictures, ornaments and place-mats are all rabbit themed.

A quick chat about about the 'rules' with the owner and an explanation of the deal (¥150 per person for 30 minutes, one drink or food order, no more than 90 minutes) and off we went free to mingle with the bunnies.
I thought my 4 year old was going to faint with excitement at the sight before her, but she didn't, she just grabbed a box of food, headed for the bunny who had been let out of her cage and started feeding it and stroking it, and talking to it and finally blowing kisses to it!

When our drink arrived, it was of course in a rabbit-themed cup placed on a rabbit themed place-mat with Peter Rabbit sugar sachets.  


And the dessert didn't let us down either. Reasonable for ¥850 for a cake set in this part of town and so lovingly presented.


 

After a quick browse of the rabbit merchandise (and there was a HUGE amount), we decided on a rabbit badge as a memory of our lovely afternoon. And off we hopped on our two minute journey home....



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BIKUFEED: Top 6 weird and wonderful things seen in Tokyo recently

1. Hips?
No! Buttocks
Cute Buttocks Creatures

Got to be the best book title. Ever. No?

2.
Shibuya post office. Minding my own business waiting in line at the ATM. The scene outside...


3.
A large paper and fabric monster. You can go inside and peer out of its mouth. And wear a brightly coloured cape and dance around. Appeared overnight in the middle of Shimokita and stayed for about 10 days.


4.
This snail face mask:. Who knew snails had high collagen content?





5.
Shimokita slippers. I bought these, but....just WHY?!


 6.  
A meat towel complete with polystyrene tray. You just can't make this stuff up...

That's all for now. 
Mata ne,

Victoria

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wine and Craft...

It's been a busy week here at bikudesigns, and it's only Tuesday!


My first (official) craft night. Wine included, relaxed atmosphere and new friends. Find out more info and reserve your space on my new website (gulp!) here: http://bikudesignscraftspace.weebly.com

Hope to see some of you face-to-face.
Mata ne,
Victoria

Monday, January 19, 2015

Zawa-Zawa Shimokitazawa


 
 Welcome to Shimokitazawa. 
Known for its youth subculture and bohemian vibe, Shimokita is also home to lots of families and many elderly people who have lived here all their lives. Antique and vintage clothing shops are everywhere. The trendy and unique sit alongside the traditional and old-fashioned. It's such a fun and friendly place to live with its abundance of coffee shops and restaurants, and always something interesting going on at the weekend. So inspirational for design too...I just have to step outside my door.....
 

One of the three (yes, three!) local supermarkets within a few minutes of each other.



Colourful shutters keep the graffiti artists at bay in Shimokita (mostly). This is a shot of the Senbei (rice cracker) shop before opening time.






A 4 year old's persepctive of our closest vintage shop. 
When we went in here, my daughter was amazed that I remembered having similar things in our house when I was her age. "Was that the olden days, Mummy." No, no it wasn't!

 
Traditional toy shop, also selling vintage-style sweets for kids. These displays change for the seasons and the upcoming festivals. Very retro, very cool, always colourful.


 What is this place? Japanese speakers, no cheating please;-)

A) A restaurant
B) A hair salon
C) A flower shop
D) A bar
E) All of the above

Leave your answers on my Facebook page to find out the answer on Friday:)

Much more to show you next time.

Mata ne,
Victoria

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

More kimono earrings

Another pair of kimono earrings made the other day. Loving working with these old fabrics. It has been especially challenging to find a process to encase them in resin without changing the colour. At the start I was worried about the bends and irregularities in the finished pieces, but as they are fabric, I think this adds to the end result.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

300 Facebook likes today!


Thanks for the follow everyone! 
Your clicks, likes and shares make a HUGE difference:)

Victoria x


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Custom Made Vintage Silk Necklace Made Last Night

The babies are getting older now, so that means more evening studio time as they go to sleep earlier and sleep much better through the night. It is quite amazing what you can accomplish in just an hour of focused work...

Let me know your thoughts:)

Mata,
Victoria

PS Clicking on the pics will take you straight through to my FB page.

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