Monday, May 31, 2010


This is one of the best time of the year. It's right before the rainy season.  The weather is getting warmer, but never too hot or too cold anymore.

Plants and leaves on trees have been growing, and all of a sudden everywhere is very very green.

This is when one of my favorite flowers can be spotted. They are very small and can be missed, but if you are careful you can spot the tiny white flowers on the side of the streets. They are really just wildflowers that grow along the sidewalk or in the alleyway.  It gives me something to look for when I am walking my dog and also reminds me of what month we are in. 

I guess I am starting to remember seasons by the  flowers and the greenery around me.

These flowers became the model of one of my collections, HANNA.  The three petal flower was just a type of flower that I would imagine on your ear or on a delicate chain.

These are some of the pieces that became jewelry, all in 18k.

Hanna, also means "flower" in Japanese, spelled with just one "n" But I also wanted the name for this collection to be just like a girls name ~

this is Rain enjoying his walk near our house

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This in a photo of a crater lake in Gun-ma prefecture that I visited recently. Shiranesan, is still an active volcano, so there are restricted areas,  but it has been a popular tourist spot in the area for its' emerald green lake.

This day was sunny and clear, but very very cold, because of the high altitude, even in the beginning of May. 

To get to the top or the crater, we have to walk up the trail for a while, and at the very top, you can see the crater a little below you.
The color of the water was milky blue with a hint of green,  one of my favorite colors~

I knew the lake was very popular for the color, but it was very close to the milky aquamarine stone that I had used for a custom necklace.

The silver casing has four petals with an arabesque motif, the chain was made long.  the piece itself is about 2 inches long.

a very fun piece to make!

I have been making few other custom pieces, so I will share them soon~!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Tower

Tokyo Tower is one of the places that is most visited.
There is an observation deck to overlook the city, which on a sunny day you can even see Mt. Fuji.

To me,  the Tower is a symbol of Tokyo and something more.

In between the skyscrapers and the tall narrow buildings, sometimes you get a glimpse of the tower, or it appears right in front of you, out of nowhere.  It reminds me that I am in Tokyo now.

It's become something that I look for when I am out or on the train.

Here is a shot from the street looking up, at night time.  The tower is lit up until midnight, so this was before that.