Monthly Archives: June 2013

Summer walks: The new battle of Hastings

Posted on June 30, 2013 by Toothpicker

The historical town of Hastings and its rather quiet seaside fairground
I visited Hastings about 10 years ago to see the the historical site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. This time, I joined a walking group and visited the town for the first time. Like many other British seaside towns, the glory [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Social issues, Hiking & walking, Inequality & poverty, Britain and was tagged with hiking, nature, Hastings

Fine cell work

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

I was not aware of the organisation Fine cell work until my friend brought me to their one day exhibition/ sale in Hampstead. And I was quite genuinely surprised by what I saw at the event.
The showroom was set inside a lovely house in Hampstead with a beautiful garden. We were greeted [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British design, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, shopping, British design, contemporary crafts

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted on June 23, 2013 by Toothpicker

This year, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and it is quite different from the previous pavilions.
Since its opening, it has been receiving high praises from critics and I also think it is one of the best that I have seen in recent years. Even [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Architecture, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture

Souzou: Outsider art from Japan

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Economically Booming City of Tianjin, China by Norimitsu Kokubo ( 2011)

I don't usually like to use outside sources ( i.e. photographs) for this blog, but since I wasn't allowed to take photographs at this exhibition, I will make an exception. I am aware that this exhibition has been going on [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, wellcome collection, outsider art

The coolest and quirkiest... Cibo Matto

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about music on this blog but in fact, music has always been essential in my life. I don't buy many CDs now ( like everyone else, I have switched to downloading online) because I am running out of space for them; having bought over 700 ( a rough estimation) [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, Cibo Matto, music, world music

Souvenir from Asia

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

A long-overdue entry on some interesting finds I bought while I was traveling around Asia...

Fun 3-dimensional cards from Japan
In my previous entries on Kyoto and Tokyo ( click here to read), I have included some stationery and cards that I bought from specific shops, but here are some others including a washi [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Packaging, Greeting cards, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, greeting cards, graphic design, Hong Kong design, Taiwanese design

Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2013

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

With so many film festivals taking place in London all the time, it's hard to keep up with all of them. I recently found out about the Terracotta Far East Film Festival despite it is already in its 5th year.
The festival showcases a range of current films from different parts of Asia [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, films, Film festival

Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Toothpicker

 Top left: Map of Clerkenwell; top right: The Farmiloe building; Main: Ewan Gallimore for Jaguar; Bottom right: Nicholas Alexander & Alexander Mulligan's The Herd installation at J+A cafe
The last trade/ design event of the season was Clerkenwell design week. I have been attending this for the last few years and it seems [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, architecture, British design, Clerkenwell design week

Rickmansworth Festival 2013

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Floating band and canal boats in Rickmansworth
It is amazing what I keep discovering here in London... I have never heard of the Rickmansworth Festival ( nor Rickmansworth for that matter) even though this year was its 20th year! I only found out about it because I was taking the special vintage tube [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Traditional arts & crafts, Transport and was tagged with London, nature, canal boats, Rickmansworth festival

Tube 150 anniversary celebrations on the Metropolitan line

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautifully restored 1938 Tube stock train
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and the London Transport Museum has organised various events to celebrate the world's oldest underground railway.
I am not quite a train geek, but I do love trains and train journeys, especially vintage or heritage ones. Hence I [...]

This post was posted in London, British design, Design, Transport and was tagged with London, London transport museum, Tube 150 anniversary celebrations

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