chrysanthemum pattern

I began with the question: When I visit Kyoto, should I purchase a tofu server made using the kiku-dashi (chrysanthemum pattern) technique?

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I ended with the realization: I can apply a sort of kind of similar technique to all the messy wires around our place.

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Still thinking about what I really want to take away from the Japan trip coming up in three weeks with some inspiration from the New Yorker: Initially, Muji included only forty different products, mainly food and household goods. Today, it is an independent two-billion-dollar company, selling more than seven thousand items ranging from furniture to soap. It keeps prices low by paying close attention to processing and packaging (most of Muji’s paper products are unbleached), and by using undesirable and industrial materials, which are cheaper in bulk (it once famously sold “U-Shaped Spaghetti,” made from the discarded ends of pasta).

what i will eat (& drink) in japan (part i)

Day 1: Train from Kansai Airport Station to Namba Station, check into hotel, coffee @ Takamura, walk around Hozenji Yokocho and eat okonomiyaki @ Houzenji Sanpei, followed by Meoto Zenzai, check out the four floor Muji store which is open until 9 pm

Day 2 AM: 8 am coffee @ Mill Pour, 9 am visit Osaka Castle and designer bathroom (see picture)

Day 2 PM: Coffee @ Hood by Vargas, visit Floating Garden Observatory, buy sweets at Hankyu Umeda Main Store, dinner at hankyu sanbangai food museum

Day 3: 5 am breakfast @ Endo Sushi in Osaka Fish Market, train from Namba Station to Gokurakubashi Station, cable car to Koyasan, check into Jokiin (常喜院), book evening cemetery tour and eat vegetarian temple food

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less is more muji


Him: I don’t like round spaces
Me: Even Mies likes round spaces (see villa tugendhat above)

Dad is coming over to install blinds next week. Here is one last view into our round space pre-blinds. I think the blinds will do well extending the wall behind the television set.

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right img src=Muji (Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, 300 km west of Tokyo)(watching tv in light well does not seem practical)

Credits: His sofa, ottoman, credenza and coffee table; my dining set and modular seating

I went into the Muji store wondering what I can buy to make our space more Muji. I don’t want to be too Muji since I like round space and dislike light wood (and apparently white walls are not practical). Just a little more Muji would be great.

I went out of the Muji store realizing that the answer is nothing.

There is too much stuff already.

P.S. I did buy a hair clip and some candy.