I decided to throw a cup away!
It is a cup with a chip on the edge that I have been keeping for a while. The cup has a unique design. When you pour some liquid to the under the painted hotel, a lake appears in the cup. I really like this kind of clever design.
This cup is one of the goods from the Hotel Butterfly series. Hotel Butterfly is a fictitious hotel created by a graphic designer.
By the way, I also have another cup with a different design in this series. When I pick up from the cup saucer, a three-dimensional butterfly appears on the saucer. It is a little surprise, isn’t it!?
I keep this cup.
Hotel Butterfly is in some European country in my mind.
Anyway, I decided to say good-bye to my cup, regardless of how much I like it and how expensive it was!!
What is “Harper’s BAZAAR”?
Do you know a magazine, named “Harper’s BAZAAR”?
It is a magazine published in NY, in 1887, the year that Ryoma Sakamoto was assassinated in Japan. It’s the first women magazine in the world.
Free subscription for a year
Just a year ago, I attended a seminar for women only which was supported by Harper’s BAZAAR.
There was a typhoon on that day. I wouldn’t lose anything even if I didn’t go because it was free anyway. But I eventually went to the event.
The host of the event praised the attendances because in spit of the typhoon, many went to the event. Surprisingly, Harper’s BAZAAR promised all of us for a free subscription for a year. Therefore, I’ve got “Harper’s BAZAAR” for a year!
Key word is “fabulous”
This magazine’s theme is “fabulous”. Fabulous means marvelous, incredible and characteristic. In fact, it uses cover girls like actress, Anne Hathaway, model Miranda Kerr and singer Katy Perry.
There were many beautiful visuals about fashion, beauty, travel, living, art in the magazine. All the pages look like they are from a different dimension art of another world.
Who is this woman? She must be famous.
As this magazine is from the U.S.A., there are many people, places, information which I don’t know. It is fun for me to know about them. Moreover, I got inspired from those pop pictures.
Printed paper vs. e-publication
Unfortunately, I got my last “Harper’s BAZAAR” last month. I’m very sad.
Recently, people stop buying magazines. Likewise, I stop buying too. But I recognized that large, colorful printed images on page give me a different stimulus compared to e-publication.
Maybe I would buy a magazine sometime.
We enjoyed Kushi-age (skewered deep fried food)
A man from San Francisco is traveling in Japan for a few weeks with only his backpack. He is a friend of my friend M’s relative. One day, M and I met him for the first time. We went out for dinner, for Kushi-age at a restaurant called “Otone” in Houzenji-yokochou, Namba.
He took a picture for each dish, carefully. He even took picture of the bitten kushi-age to show what’s inside. He was also interested in every ingredient. As we explained each dish to him, we realized that he actually knew more about Japanese food and restaurants than us.
Truffle and caramel were very difficult for me to pronounce. About truffle, I explained that pigs dig the mushroom and he understood. Of course he knew what a truffle is, but my pronunciation was bad.
We had a wonderful time.
His interesting post on Facebook
After a few days, I read his Facebook. There were many pictures about that dinner with detailed comments for each food on Facebook.
And I found an interesting post that one day he had EkiBento for both lunch and dinner on a Shinkansen. That day, he went to Kyoto, but Kyoto was too crowded to have dinner. However, he sounded satisfied with the taste of the Ekiben “Gyuniku-domannaka” and “Gyutan-Bento.”
Gourmet from afar
I feel bad that tourists have problems with over-crowded restaurants and hotels in Kyoto and Osaka.
Actually one day, he couldn’t make a reservation at hotel in Kyoto and Osaka. Then he stayed at Nagoya. Next day he went back to Kyoto again.
I respect the tremendous effort he put in to trying out all sorts of Japanese food.