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Shopping Japan : Seria


I love a deal. So I loved shopping Japan’s hyaku yen stores (dollar stores). I found that they had an awesome selection of things, from household to crafty things to food items. I also found that they were generally really good quality for the price you paid (105 yen generally).

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Bookoff Craft Section

Bookoff sign

One thing I didn’t mention in my article earlier were the sections I perused in the book store. So if you are interesting in crafts you may want to look for the sections that say:

手芸 (,手=hand、芸=skill)
Pronunciation: syugei しゅげい
kurafuto クラフト

Just a little note that may make the bookstores a little easier to get around.

Places to Shop in Japan: BookOff

Book Off Japan

I like books. A lot. You might have noticed that =) And as I have mentioned over and over, I like books as mementoes and souvenirs. And I specifically like craft books or magazines. Trav had heard about a second hand book store in Japan, so we decided to check it out.

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Japan Crafting: Magazine Review

Japan crafting magazine

Other keepsakes I brought back from Japan were a few copies of a magazine named Stitch Ideas. (ステッキ idees). Magazines and books are really some of my favourite keepsakes from our visit to Japan. I find them so lovely to review and then to make something from them is another way to have a little keepsake of Japan.

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Cute Stuff: My First Bento Part 3

Japanese Bento lunch

A few weeks ago, I made my first bento with my friend Yuka. It was a great success. Here I will review a few of the items I purchased in Japan for a bento lunch.

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Japan Craft: Hat Making Book Review

Japan Craft Book - Hats

Once again, Japan fills a niche that I found lacking back home. I love hats….pretty much any style, or colour of hat. However, in Canada I have always felt like making a hat, is way beyond the skills of the average person. And only professionals could be capable of making hats. In Japan though, I found a book that made me believe that I too could make a hat.

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Cute Stuff From Japan: My First Bento Part 1

Photo by aJ GAZMEN ツ GucciBeaR on Flickr

We have had a Japanese friend visiting for a week. And what better time to make bento! I put her right to work =) This was my first time making bento ever, so I was pleased to have a guide. We based our bento on ideas from this book, which I reviewed earlier.

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Cute Things From Japan: Sewing Book Review

Photo by EssG on Flcikr

So I guess you get the idea that my favourite souvenirs are books…lots of books. I like that I can remember where I bought them, and they aren’t just a knickknack, but rather actual useful information. And hopefully, the information in that book showcases Japan in some way.

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Book Review: NHK Marutoku Magazine

NHK Marutoku Magazine

NHKまる得マガジン, 自分を磨く立ち居振る舞い スマートなマナー
(translation by Google: NHK Marutoku Magazine – Hone their deportment and manners Smart)

I love NHK. It is Japan’s public broadcasting network. Of course, I do like most countries public broadcasting networks, but I digress. The NHK has published a book on manners and deportment.

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Cute Things From Japan: Wool Felting

Japanese Wool Felting

Book review: フェルト羊毛でつくる かわいいプチ雑貨

Or as Google translates it to English: Easy first shotgun! Cute petite wool felt to make goods. (Thank goodness my first shotgun will be an easy one.)

So another book review or as I like to call it, “a great excuse for me to talk about the stuff I bought and get all excited about it.”

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