Adelaide, Australia Workshop

Jam Factory Workshop

Haaaaaaaiiiiiiiii Sandwiches,

The wonderful people at Jam Factory, Adelaide, Australia are flying me to Australia next week for my exhibition and to host a workshop. I hope you guys can come along!

I'm staying in the cutest Airbnb. I can't wait to show it to you! It's WAY to big for one person but I can't wait to have a little picnic on the outside patio! Check out my snapchat Hellosandwich for more!

Details over here.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

Afternoon at my tiny Tokyo apartment

Hello Sandwiches!

Every year I put 'entertain more' on my new years resolution list, but every year I just copy and paste it into the new years list. Haha. I have this idea of being like my amazing Mum who plans days in advance what she will cook, irons the table cloths the day before, sets the ceramics on the table the night before, and is so utterly organised. Anyone who has my book 'Hello Tokyo' knows that she even draws a table plan so dishes are arranged according to colour and plate shape. And I once heard that she art directed someone to buy flowers 'that aren't too tall so we can see over each other at the table' when I flew in last from Tokyo. 

Me, on the other hand, I'm pulling the table cloths off the clothes line hours before guests are to arrive and serving pre-made food from my local supermarket. I'll get it by the end of 2016, guys! I promise!

But yesterday I had a few Aussie friends over for some snacks, sparkling, mixtapes and some craft. It wasn't MamaSando perfect, but it was fun!

I bought this cute drink jar and added the following:

White wine
Vodka
Blood Orange soda
Orange soda
Orange slices
Lemon slices
Ice

(We added some sparkling wine as the night went on)
 

We each made these cute little file folders.

These legends with their Misaki Kawai bags!

P.S. Misaki Kawai's collaboration with Tiger is launching tomorrow in Tokyo! There is soooo much cute stuff! Be sure to check it out.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

 

Hello Sandwich in Hong Kong


Sandwiches!

I'll be in Hong Kong next week!

Do you have any must-sees for me? Any Hello Sandwich instagram places? Hah.

P.S. I'm packing my oversize gold "I mean business" earrings. If you see me wearing those it means one of the following three things:

1) I'm about to quit a job
2) I'm hoping to win you over as a client or new friend
3) I'm with best friends and into a 'too much na kanji' vibe.


Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

Yoyogi Koen Hanami 2016

Sandwiches!

Woah! The annual Yoyogi Koen hanami was yesterday.

People drank gold foil sake. My beastie brought me 'in line wine' delivery when I was in the never ending queue for the toilet. We snort laughed. We mixed ume wine with dark beer. And we saw box wine hanging in a tree.

"Do you have some tape in your bag Ebony?"

"You brought those Sandwiches, didn't you? I can tell because the packaging is cute"

"You're the always the most colourful person, Ebony. You're the most colourful person in Tokyo"

"I drank the pickle juice and I lost it for a bit"

I'll meet you at the orange balloon, okay?

I mean, those colours!

Wine box meets scooter meets ash tray meets chips meets tree.

Still life with scooter.
Mixed media.
Yoyogi koen, Tokyo.
2016

"I saw him take them off and I've never seen anyone ease out of Converse with such grace"

My beastie werkin dat Fujifilm.
Why you die?
Because he's so cute? Totally pragtig.
 

Some people bring a box for a table.

Then some people level up and bring two boxes for tables.

And then there's some people who just show off and pack a table cloth for their table.

I want to marry this dude.

I mean, look!

Ah, such a fun day!

Follow over at Hello Sandwich snapchat to see the videos!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

Ohanami 2016

Sandwiches!

It's that time again! Sakura spam time!

It's so, so fleeting, and whyyyyyy do a million jobs always come in during Sakura season each year without fail.

Here are a few shots when I managed to sneak out to enjoy some blossoms.

It's become a yearly tradition for me to put some sakura blossoms in my odango, but this year I had to get creative with my scarf. I'm kinda digging it, though! Wouldn't it be cute to wear fresh flowers in your hair everyday? I once did a corsage making class and decided that I would wear fresh corsages as much as possible. Hmmm...that plan wasn't so successful.

The lovely peeps at The Little Drom Store gave me this tray on my last trip in Singapore. Look at the little blossom petals that have fallen on the tray! I like to bring these trays along to hanami so that people can rest their drinks on them.

The view from Hello Sandwich HQ is so pretty at the moment. And this tree isn't even in full bloom yet. I die!
 

I totes need a back basket for my mamachari.

Little sandwiches wrapped in furoshiki from The Souvenir Society and Zara Home.

Along the nature walk. I die!

Matt saved the day and brought along some batteries for my portable record player. He also packed his 45s collection, too.
 

Babachan, why you so cute!

Have you guys used this Fujifilm instax share? It's sooooooo good! So much fun! You can print Instax mini photos directly from your phone! I love taking a few shots at hanami and then giving to guests to take home as a little memory.

Baba-chan packed a photograph of Jiji-chan so he could also enjoy hanami this year. And we printed out a picture of Baba-chan and placed them together on our little table. Someone said "Look, they're on a date!". How adorable.
 

And it's a wrap! Look at this divine basket that my beastie gave my for my birthday. He found it in a little vintage store in Kichijoji. Only my beastie could pick out a basket perfect for Hello Sandwich.

Okay Sandwiches, I better be off now. After sitting at this iMac designing from 7am I'm now off to another hanami! I hope you're having a lovely hanami, or picnic time wherever you are.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

Ohanami - How to Picnic!

 

Hello Sandwiches!

Ohanami party season is just a few days away here in Tokyo.

Here are some fun tips from my book 'Hello Tokyo' to help you prepare for the loveliest of picnics.

Pack your picnic essentials in a retro picnic basket.

For this picnic I designed a custom label for some cava and used tape glue to attach it on top of the regular label.

If I can, I like to secure a location in a park close to a tree so I can attach some pretty bunting. Unfortunately many parks in Tokyo don't love you attaching things to trees, so be sure to check this first. I'm sure it would be fine in Australia, though! Once I got around this by attaching some bunting from my bike to the basket.

Pack an assortment of coloured picnic rugs and 'leisure sheets', as they like to call them here in Japan.  My beastie David, (pictured above) always brings me back a plastic floral table cloth each time he travels to South Africa. These ALWAYS come along on hanami picnics. Love you, beastie.

Bring along some sturdy trays or baskets to sit food and drinks on at your cute picnic. Bonus points for a little table!

Food artist Bisaiji-san made all of this incredible food seen above!

I love the line up of shoes along leisure sheets at hanami parties.
 

How can you not die for him?

Pack some fun games for picnic guests to enjoy.

Onigiri are a fantastic ohanami and picnic snack. They're pretty, delicious, healthy and easy to snack on.

Add some embellishments to your straws so guests will know which drink is theirs.

 

If you have some park-friendly musical instruments or a portable record player, be sure to bring them along!

You can check out some of my favourite ohanami parties from previous years over here and here.

Happy weekend, Sandwiches!

Photography in this post is by the amazing BOCO-chan for 'Hello Tokyo'.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo


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