Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Toothpicker

The foot bridge to Dharavi 
 
Inequality is increasingly becoming a global issue, but it is more apparent in rich cities like Mumbai - the world's 12th richest city. According to the statistics from 2016, about 55% of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that lack the basics such [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Mumbai, India, Inequality & poverty and was tagged with street life, inequality, Mumbai, India, Dharavi, slum tour, poverty


The fascinating streets of Mumbai

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

Mornings and Sundays are the best times to ramble around Mumbai
 
I have wanted to visit India for years and yet never made it until recently. However, due to all the negative press on safety issues for female travellers in recent years, it made me quite anxious before my trip. The only 'alone [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life, Mumbai, India and was tagged with graphic design, sunset, street life, street art, street food, Mumbai, India


Manhole cover designs in Japan

Posted on November 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sakura motifs are often featured in Japanese manhole cover designs
 
If you have visited Japan before, you have probably seen the wonderul manhole covers on the pavements all over Japan – it would be hard to miss them! The popularity of these manhole covers has been growing rapidly both locally and overseas, and [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, graphic design, illustrations, Japan, Japanese craft, manhole covers


Tomigaya: All you need is a dog in Tokyo!

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Dogs in strollers
 
When you think of dog-loving cities, most likely you are going to think of Paris, but on the other side of the world, Tokyo is now the 'Paris of the East' (in terms of their obessions with their pets or dogs).
Tomigaya is an area in Shibuya, located on the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, books, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, cafes, street life, bookshops, dog, Tomigaya


Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, woodblock printing, Boro and was tagged with Tokyo, art and design exhibitions, fashion, museums, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, Boro, Amuse museum


Art, nature & permaculture in Fujino

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Most foreigners who visit Japan tend to stick to big cities or well-known onsen/resorts, and they rarely travel to the rural parts of Japan. On this trip, I completely fell in love with Japan's rural countryside. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was a highlight, but I also loved Fujino, a rural town (with [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Design, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Japan, basketry and was tagged with hiking, Japanese designs, Food & dining, shopping, nature, eco living, Japanese art, Japan, pottery, Japanese craft, sustainability, Fujino, basketry, permaculture, transition town


Japanese textiles workshop (Part 2): Katagami & Katazome

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Top: a visit and demonstration of katagami by the Ise-Katagami artisan Isao Uchida

 
Like I mentioned in my previous entry, my knowledge on traditional Japanese textiles techniques was quite minimal before the workshop. I have done some shibori techniques like itajime and pole wrapping, but I have never done any stitch shibori nor [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Paper art & craft, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, Katazome, Katagami and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, katazome, katagami


Shibori & indigo dyeing textiles workshop in Fujino (Part 1)

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Lately, I have beein trying to recall when I first became interested in textiles, initially I thought it was after seeing a Japanese textiles exhibition at MOMA years ago. But then I remember how I used to draw/sketch historical costumes after seeing them on TV drama series, and this made me realise [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Japan, Textiles, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, Japan, textiles, shibori, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Fujino, Japanese textiles


Hiroshi Sugimoto's masterpiece: The Enoura Observatory in Odawara

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

The cute Nebukawa Station first opened in 1922 but was swept away (along with a train full of passengers) by a landslide a year later. Hundred of people were killed during this disaster, and there is a memorial at the station that commemorates this tragic incident
 
After I left Atami, I took the [...]

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Houkusai & Hirashige's ukiyo-e exhibition at MOA Atami

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
After my visit to Kyu Hyuga Bettei, I headed back to the train station to take a free shuttle bus to the MOA Museum of Art situated on the top of hill that overlooks the sea. Like Miho Museum in Kyoto, this private museum was opened in 1982 by the Mokichi Okada [...]

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