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Deeper Meanings 

Spotlight on some noteworthy beauties and the meanings behind them:

Polished Chrysoprase and Gold

Chrysoprase helps to make conscious what is currently unconscious. The stone’s vibrations have a tranquilizing effect that seem to bring damaging subconscious thought to the foreground, where they can be assessed and dealt with properly. The gold and green beauty can be purchased HERE

Orange calcite with brass and gold chains

Doesn’t this orange calcite look good enough to eat? Orange calcite is all about awakening energies inside of us, particularly those that aid in creativity and sexuality. This creamsicle looking baby is available for purchase HERE

Selenite and Silver

I recently wore a piece similar to this on my trip back to New York and San Francisco because I wanted my grandmother close – watching over me. I know that she is always present in my life and in my head, but selenite is said to bring you even closer to the other side and more specifically – to your departed loved ones. Get this Selenite necklace HERE

Glittering gunmetal and silver skull tassel earrings

The beauties above have gunmetal glitter coated skulls. They are howlite underneath and were gifted to me last weekend. Aztecs looked at skulls more as a symbol of rebirth instead of death. Get them HERE.

Raw yellow apatite silver necklace

Yellow Apatite is all about awakening your inner self to achieve success and boost creativity. It rids you of apathy and makes you more optimistic and outgoing. It provides the courage to take risks, and the clarity to know which risks are worth taking. Yellow Apatite is particularly useful in starting new ventures. It supports creative ideas and bringing them into reality, as well as developing the business skills needed to make a living from one’s passions. Get your own HERE.

Cat ear globe necklace with blue quartz and kyanite

I get my hands on these beauties every time I visit Japan. I fill the gold and glass cat ear globes with gemstone chips. This time the chips are blue quartz and kyanite. Kyanite can make you have and remember vivid dreams. Cat ears speak to awakening our animal natures. Get your cat ear globe HERE.

The Aztec Bride

There I go mentioning the Aztecs again. I must look deeper into why they are on my mind at a later date. These glorious, long babies have contrasting hoop shapes that are ever-so flattering. Inside each delicate gold hoop sits an etched blue, green or red patina etched spirograph charm. I was really drawn to these charms because they looked like a more refined version of the little plastic and pen spirograph kits my cousin would get for Christmas and I would covet. Get these beautiful earrings HERE

And those are just a few of my recent creations that I found a deeper meaning with. Stay tuned for more. 

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Art, Culture and walking till our feet bleed

I saw so so much yesterday with my friends Maiko and Gabrielle and wanted to write it all down before my brain losesa the detail and order of things.

First up was Fuji Sun at Gallery 5610 by photographer Taishi Hirokawa. The show wowed me as I have great respect for Fuji and a love for all mountains, but I had the privilege of seeing Maiko’s baby Skye stand for the very first time.

My favourite piece at Fuji Sun 

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”

On the way to our second gallery in Omotesando we spotted my dream home.

Billiken Gallery, the 2nd spot on our tour held my new favorite artist, Sieya Imamura and his “Protected Zone”. Stunning work with linework perfection. 

This Shiba and Saru Painting was a gift for Maiko and Skye Chan as it represents their Astrological Signs.

Skye Chan is so photogenic. I took this little beauty at 246 Commune, an amazing little food cart space.

 

We also stopped off at Tokyo Cultuart by Beams to see Yugo’s “Girls”, but I didn’t get a picture. Afterwards we scooted over to one of my favourite spots, B-Side Label to snag some more stickers!!!! Once again, the shop girls were filled with exuberance and joy and kindness and left me wondering how they always maintain it at that level. 

Tokyo Cultuart by Beams mural in Harajuku.

Gabrielle and I said farewell to Maiko and began our walk to my favourite coffee shop, but opted instead to check out an incredible garden cafe just next door. We had homemade ginger lemonade and ginger ale and a dessert that neither of us can recall the name of. 

Harajuku Himawari 

When I was last in Tokyo (this Spring) I had a half day all alone and I walked from Shinjuku through Yoyogi to Harajuku. It instantly became my favorite walk. I re-created it with Gabrielle in reverse yesterday. The walk takes you over a huge curved overpass, up a winding street littered with beautiful apartment buildings and fancy department stores. It curves under traintracks and through Yoyogi Park to Meiji Shrine. (Torii gate pictured above) We doubled back through Yoyogi Park to the winding road past a really cool Loréal corporate office building and Yoyogi station. And then we came to Shinjuku and my favourite hotel…

At this point my friend and I had barking dog feet, so we took a breather in the lobby of Century New Southern Hotel. This is the panoramic view from the 20th floor lobby.

After our refresher we jetted off in search of Hanazono Shrine because I remembered enjoying the summer festivals there last summer. The party was in full swing with Taiko drumming and everyone dancing. We stood mesmerized, especially…

When this amazing woman above started drumming. She seemed so powerful and fearless and I liked her Taiko skills best. After the drumming and dancing we hit the food stands and got bacon wrapped herbed cheese and giant mushrooms on sticks, but the food party was just beginning.

As I like to use Yoyogi station instead of Shinjuku we walked back towards that stop. On the way we spotted a couple packed curry and noodle houses, but down one alley stood this beautiful beacon and we did’nt even need to look at the menu to realize we found Nirvana. I had the best bowl of udon in my life filled with things I did and didn’t recognize. The noodle boss was sweet and handsome and Gabby got a free upgrade in size and her noodle bowl was the size of a German Sheppard. And we headed back to Bukuro with full hearts and bellies. The end. 


Japan, round 2, part I

It seems as though I will be returning to Japan each year with my college friend Kelly. I am currently smack dab in the middle of our second trip and this time we are squeezing much more in and staying a bit longer. 

Day one was a half day, (if that) but we managed to settle in and head straight out to Shibuya and our beloved arcades. We also snagged some Om-Rice. Rice omlettes are one of my favorite things and I never get them at home. Day two found us heading to Ikibukuro to check out an Ace (One Piece) Popup shop in the P Parco shopping mall. Kelly also snagged some goods at the Evangelian shop while I walked around drooling over sweatshorts of all things. My hiking and recent workouts have gifted me with better legs and I may have only packed shorts and also picked up several new pairs while here. Seriously, there are shorts everywhere in our hotel room. 

These cute little owl bush bastards sit outside close to the Parco shopping center.

Next, we headed to Roppongi (my first time there as last time we sort of avoided the potential for fellow American sightings) and to the Studio Ghibli exhibit. It was gorgeous, but very, very jam packed with people. After a look around we headed up to the roof for a glorious 360 degree skyline view that I never thought I’d have the chance to take in and to top it off, no one else was there!

The view from the roof and helipad at the Skyview building in Roppongi is soooooo amazing

We followed this up with a pile of suck in the form of hedgehogs. I was told hedgehogs were cute and not porcupine rats. I pricked my finger, got a rash and my friend got bit, all while following the hedgehog holding rules. The little buggers are well taken care of, but their nocturnal nature combined with being over-stimlated might have worked against us. We high-tailed it out of there in 15 minutes and ten of those were spent frantically washing our arms.

Nope.

Day three became another glorious day spent exhalting that which brought us closer together and part of why we come to Japan – One Piece! We went to The Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park and played some games, watched an updated live show and pigged out on campy, but amazing themed food! I had a sugar headache,  but it was worth it.

Trafalgar Law is a salty B, but oh so hot.

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Daddy (Zoro in the tower live show)

The decadent eats at the Mugiwara Cafe

Following a full day at the tower and after a brief rest – MIDNIGHT PREMIERE SHOWING OF THE ONE PIECE FILM GOLD MOVIE!! We watched without English subtitles, but fully understood and loved it the same. Also, experiencing a movie with a full theater with mostly only Japanese people is the best thing you could do for yourself. You see, they are there to watch the film and want to respect it and pay attention to it and want to respect your enjoyment of it as well. Imagine! 

Day 4 found us rushing off to Harajuku for giggly pancakes after two friends on social media demanded that I go. They were amazing. Amazing. And pancakes aren’t really my thing. We chatted up some cute gay boys next to us and headed out for more shopping.

Cafe Gram’s specialty pancakes delight the senses.

After a full day spent mostly shopping and eating I went for a run around the goverment buildings in Shinjuku. I wasn’t entriely sure that I was allowed to be there, so I tread carefully and even ran slowly by some security guards, but they were unfazed. The early evening colors and the light rain had me on cloud nine and just as I was about to head home a large group of runners waved for me to join them. I was exhausted, but it felt cool, so I kept up with them for a bit before heading home with the biggest, dopiest grin on my face. 

Running by Shinjuku’s govt buildings

Day 5 – off to Odaiba! Kelly heard tell of a new Jump Shop as well as a One Piece attraction at Summer Festival, and we found both. Kelly got me a Sanji shirt and herself and her friends some awesome treats before we headed over to the Summer Festival. The One Piece stuff was cool, but the DMM Planets exhibit by TeamLab was incredible! You take your shoes off to enter and are given a waterproof pouch for your phone. At this point I had no idea what to expect, but was already so hype. We walked through some water to cleanse our feet before jumping into a black room with a bean bag-like floor. Immediately people were laughing and hopping around and it was  like being a little kid again. After the black room came a room with mirrored floors and walls and thousands upon thousands of fiber optic light strands. They surround you and pulse with light to the beats of beautiful, almost other-worldly music and sounds. We enjoyed this for quite some time before heading through more dark hallways and to helpful staff ensuring that our pants are rolled up enough as we entered milky, knee-deep waters alive with colorful light koi that burst into flowers when you touch them. Like, What? Insane and beautiful. At this point I thought this must be the finalé so I lingered because I didn’t want it to end, but no! There was one more room! Another mirrored floor sits below a mirrored dome alive with falling plants and flower petals. The room seems to spin as I Iie on the floor against a kidney shaped bean bag. I’ve reached Nirvana. 

At this point I get a little fuzzy. I know that I convinced Kelly to get off at the WRONG Shibuya stop and her gps is telling us conflicting things, but we find our way through a really cool Shibuya neighborhood that is much more quaint than the Shibuya I know, but it’s awesome and I like being lost. I also know that we went to see One Piece Film Gold again and met an awesome French girl, but it had subtitles and the Chinese and American audience was much louder. We went to Penguin park and to a Toy Fair on our last day and got to see all kinds of toys that will be released in the coming year. Honestly both of us lost our minds over some of the reveals, but I’ll spare you those details and leave you with images of my favorites.

Amazing Freddie, Jason and Edward Scissorhands girls, Zou Sanji, Rem from Re:Zero, Ilya from Plastic Memories and Trafalgar Law sits in chair. Aaaaaahhhh give me them.

Spike from Bebop, Persona3 Aigis, Makoto (is best boy) from Free!

That’s all for now. Part II will talk about Kyoto and Osaka and Part III will focus on my final days back in Tokyo.