Seriously... cafe culture in Japan is so incredible. We stopped by Kiina, a small cafe that just opened last month in a tiny little village on the other side of the island. The owner transformed a part of the traditional Japanese style house into a cafe/shop including a small garden by herself and it was delightful. I always admire attention in details and how those small elements speak together to create a space, experience... and an ultimately an authentic voice. It was inspiring to feel what is possible in a small space. How comfortable a place can feel. I have been tinkering with the idea of Baum-kuchen cafe for a while. Wouldn't it be nice to sip a cup of coffee while you customize your Traveler's Notebook or browse a collection of curated Baum-kuchen library books??
Afterward we took a long drive to see Kei-san, a jewelry designer at Shizuku Gallery. I am not a jewely person at all and really wear jewerly for meanings instead of accessorizing. I have been wearing 2 of his rings that signifie Satchi and Coco to me along with my wedding ring. Few weeks ago Satchi asked me why I don't have a ring that means "me" next to Frido, Satchi and Coco... so I figured that it is time for a small addition to my ring finger. Neither Kei-san nor I know how this custom ring is going to look like yet but I trust his creative process and the energy he instill in his making.