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Cafe style in your own home

It’s fun to meet friends and chat over coffee but why sit in a crowded coffee shop, with crumbs on the table and slow service? 

Japanese curry in oval bowl

Did you even know Japanese curry exists?  Of course, curry originates in India but it was brought to Japan by the British in the late 19th century.


'Tenmoku' Arita ware traditional Japanese tea cup

The design and manufacture of ceramics is one of the oldest art forms in Japan and Japanese ceramics are known around the world for their beauty and quality.


Leila in Nippori, Tokyo (Fabric Town)

I started my online shop Hatsukoi.co.uk because I love Japanese culture and design. 


Cup mended using the kintsugi technique

Can something broken be more beautiful than it was originally?  The ancient Japanese art of kintsugi says that this is definitely a possibility!


Fashionable Japanese kids wearing face masks

What do you think about the idea of wearing a face mask to prevent illness or even as a fashion accessory?


Pour over coffee jug

With my little video you can learn to make great pour over coffee in about a minute!


Glass pour over coffee jug and ceramic filter holder

One of the latest additions to my shop is a pour-over coffee set, comprising a glass jug, wooden stand and ceramic filter holder.  They're beautiful to look at but can be a bit daunting to use for the first time.


Japanese plates and dishes

In western homes we usually take pride in possessing a full matching set of crockery which gets used everyday - it's kind of an annoyance if something gets broken and we have to eat off mis-matched plates! 


Hi Mojimoji Tagged Notepad photo

In this digital world, I love to make notes and sketches on paper - there's something about the engagement between brain, eye and hand that feels more creative and authentic. 


Beautiful coasters with Black Cat mug

The other day someone said to me that she didn't use coasters at home because they only had cheap furniture.  I say that's even more reason to use one!


Shinzi Katoh pencil cases from Japan

Back to school already!  I can't believe it, where did the summer go? 

As the season changes it's time to get serious about work again and stop daydreaming about lazing in the garden or on the beach.


Sewing machine by the window photo

Having spent a lifetime working in front of a computer screen, I now find that I need those little pairs of reading glasses in order to read, sew or do any other kind of 'close' work..


Prizes photo

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Sign up to receive my email newsletter before 31st August 2016 and you will be entered into a prize draw* to win cute items from Japanese homeware store Francfranc.


Shinzi Katoh products arrive

About a week after arriving home from Japan, my first big consignment from Shinzi Katoh arrived.


Japanese fabrics for craft projects

I have just arrived back from my holiday in Japan, feeling full of inspiration and loaded down with craft goodies!


Products are on their way from designer Shinzi Katoh!


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