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Musashino Place: The ideal library

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Tokyo, I met up with the Japanese architect/ director behind a brand that we will be launching soon. I mentioned to him that I would be visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum, and he recommended a visit to the nearby Musashino Place in Musashino City.
Designed by kw [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, library, Musashino Place, Japanese architecture


Tokyo's Contemporary Architecture

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo Midtown by Tadao Ando
 
It is not hard to understand why architecture enthusiasts love Tokyo. The metropolis showcases myriad of alluring post-war architecture, and it would be a shame not to check out some of the city's most original and conspicuous designs by internatioanlly renowned architects.
In the next [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, Japanese architecture


Tokyo street life

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
People-watching is my favourite pastime when I travel. I enjoy immersing myself in the surroundings and observing the quirks and odd sights. Sometimes being an outsider enables you to notice interesting sightings that are often neglected by the locals. What is 'norm' to the locals may be fascinating to the outsiders, our [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Photography, Travel, Anything Japanese, Street life and was tagged with Tokyo, graffiti/ street art, street life


Spring blossom in Tokyo

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Toothpicker

The last days of cherry blossom in Tokyo's Shiba park
 
Due to all the traveling, I have been slacking on the blog writing lately. The next few entries will be on my trip to Japan last month...
This year, sakura/cherry blossom arrived in Tokyo at the end of March, as predicted by [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Tokyo, nature, cherry blossom


Hong Kong's street art & exhibitions 2015

Posted on May 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

A giant pig in Mui Wo by Smile maker Hong Kong
 
It is interesting to see Hong Kong's street art scene evolving over the last few years (you can read my previous entry from last year here). Compare to city like London, it is still in its infancy, but it is certainly more [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Street art & graffiti and was tagged with Hong Kong, graffiti/ street art, Invader


Hong Kong on Istagram

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

I have been using Instagram on and off for a while now, but on this trip to Asia, I decided to use Instagram as the main social media outlet. It has been fun, but also slightly addictive.
I think Hong Kong is a beguiling city to be photographed; and during my stay, I [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Nature, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, nature, photography, instagram, street life


PMQ - Hong Kong's creative hub

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

PMQ's Staunton Street entrance
 
Back in 2010, I visited the disused Grade 3 listed former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, which was temporarily transformed into an arts and design hub by deTour (part of The Business of design week). Built in 1951 as housing or dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Travel, Art, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation


Hong Kong's hidden gem: Foo Tak building

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Foo Tak building in Wan Chai
 
Sometimes I am surprised by readers' responses to my blog entries. My previous entry on Hong Kong's secondhand bookstores have generated more responses than I expected, so I gathered that people are still interested in independent/secondhand booksellers.
What astonishes me about Hong Kong is that it has [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Shopping, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, books and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, bookshops


Hong Kong International film festival 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

While in Hong Kong, two major culture festivals were taking place, so I took the opportunity to attend the Hong Kong Arts Festival, where I saw a China and Hong Kong collaborative play 'The Crowd' and listened to traditional Korean music reinterpreted by contemporary groups Jeong Ga Ak Hoe & Su:m.
However, as [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


Spring hike in Hong Kong

Posted on April 4, 2015 by Toothpicker

Silver Mine Bay, Mui Wo
 
So far this year, I have only hiked twice, yet both took place in the rain and mist... first in Surrey and then in Hong Kong!
Spring is probably not the best time to visit Hong Kong as the weather is humid, damp, foggy and unpredictable. After the fog [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, eco living


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