Insects to Collect…

I love Japantown any time of the year.  Currently New People, the store has an exhibit up that is worth seeing titled “Super Kutani Insect Project.”  A style of ceramics developed in the mid 17th century in Japan Kutani is characterized by bold colors, eleborate patterns and attention to detail.  These are bugs to welcome into one’s home.  New People is also a spot to pick up gifts for those difficult to shop for. Who doesn’t like all things Japanese?  I’m already regretting not making one particular purchase so may be heading back shortly.

Shimin noen? Hai…

I’m connecting you with a blog post about the popularity of “shimin noen” or city farming in Japan.  Part of it’s due to the high number of baby boomers who are retirement age and able to shift the focus of what they are doing during the day.  It’s also is apparent that the topic of eco consumerism has had much play in the media just like right here at home.

http://www.japantrends.com/city-farming-blooms-with-baby-boomers/