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Japan Rewind part 1: Kamakura

For 5 visits to Tokyo now my closest friend Kelly has been gently suggesting a day trip to Kamakura. Every other time I brush the suggestion off and find a way to stay in Tokyo. Part laziness, part there are so many things to do I almost have a panic attack thinking about missing out on something. This time, though, and with the help of Gabrizelle – we made it happen. It was glorious. 

This sexy little camel adorned a tiny restaurant on a narrow street filled with gorgeous, but quaint shops and dining spots. 

Hase-dera is set on the hillside and is a glorious spot with many things to gaze at and a view to die for.

Blossoms just outside Hase-dera caught my eye.

DAIBATSU – the big Buddha. He survived a tsunami that washed away the temple around him. You can actually walk inside him – avoid this if you hate the heat and are claustrophobic. I survived, only just, but it was awe-inspiring to see the work done to make such an awe-inspiring Buddha.

Lone giant crow surverys the crowds at Hase-dera. Children dropping ice cream ensure that he will eat like a king in no time.

Watch out for kites wanting to rip into your tender flesh! Seriously though, seeing these majestic beauties soaring above us at Hase-dera was a bit of a thrill for me as I’m a bird guy. 

The view from the top at Hase-dera convinces me that I must see it again when I return. I also said some really intense prayers both here and at Fushimi Inari (more on that later) and when those prayers are answered I HAVE to go back to humbly give thanks.

When we left Hase-dera I hydrated with one of these babies. Words cannot convey the tart apple punch to the face. This was my only Vivit’s sparkling apple juice I enjoyed in Japan and I will be counting the days until I can shove guzzle another. After a slow, beautiful walk through Kamakura and back to the train station we made one last stop for a bowl of noodles that made me weep. The flavour. The pride noodle man should have. Oh man. I’ll either speak on Inari and Kyoto or Team Lab in my next post. Stay tuned! 

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In preparation for my trip to Japan…

This Monday (right now) and Tuesday  – huge sale in my jewelry shop. Go grab yourself some pretty – guilt free with 40% off. Just use the code FLABBERGASTED to get the discount in my shop


Powering through when Mercury Retrograde is slapping you around

Last year my friend Kelly and I packed a lot of life into a two week trip to Japan, a place we both adore. One of my favorite Unesco world heritage sites, Himeji Castle was a highlight of the trip. As we approached the castle I got to see my dear friend weep tears of joy as we took in the view. She had been dreaming of visiting for many years and once you see the place you can understand being overcome with emotion. As we started the long walk through town to Himeji Castle my thoughts were we would be able to explore the grounds outside and take some breath-taking photos, but I was not prepared to be allowed to go inside, and not just go inside, but explore every floor, all the way to the top. The history here is a bit overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. 

I based this painting on one of my photos of the castle and added the Egret because of the name. 

This piece took me ages, but I poured a lot of love into it as I hold the place in such high regard. It is on 5×7 canvas board and has an ornate, vintage gold wooden frame. It is for sale now, but will also be featured in my upcoming show in Philadelphia on May 5th. (More on that later)

HEMEJI castle

I have been bouncing back and forth between paintings,  painted earrings and Jewelry trying to get more out there, restocking stores and preparing for art shows and charity events. It has felt overwhelming at times and as though my Work load is more than I can manage, but that is when I am my most creative. One of this week’s creations is a Star Wars favorite (of mine) SABINE WREN!!!

SABINE WREN hand-painted earrings

Below is one of my entries for Little Art Big Cause, URANUS and NEPTUNE. The charity art sale takes place at Scandals in downtown Portland and will be up May 4th through Pride month. HALF of every sale will benefit various charity organizations. 

URANUS AND NEPTUNE

“Space Cowboys” is one of five original pieces that I have at the Sci-fi Show opening May 4th at Afru Gallery in SE Portland. 

I have a mega-crush on Beast Boy from the Teen Titans which was really the primary reason behind painting the beauties below. Of course, I can’t wear them, so perhaps a cuff is in order.

Beast Boy hand-painted earrings

And finally we come to my last entry, this glorious copper and agate necklace. The perfect orange Oregon beach agate was found on a walk near Seal Rock with my boyfriend. It pairs nicely with the vintage copper chains and is sure to get you bombarded with compliments!

That’s all for now – just a snap shot of me, trying to power through a rather difficult month. MAY is here and big things are just around the corner. I will speak on that tomorrow!

Copper and raw Oregon Coast agate statement necklace