Tokyu Hands File Folder Workshop!

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After such a fun workshop at Tokyu Hands last month we have decided to host another one!

Let's make a little file folder together at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku on 18th May!

There are three workshop times, the first one has sold out, but reserve your spot in the other two workshops now. If you can't speak Japanese, I can reserve your spot for you! Simply email me at hellosandwichblog (at) gmail (dot) com and I will save a special space for you. 

Tokyu Hands Shinjuku
8th Floor
18th May
2pm - 3pm or 4pm - 5pm
Only ¥600!

東急ハンズ新宿店 追加のワークショップ開催決定!



定員1回 6名

5月3日 10時より予約受付開始です!


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Hello Sandwich

Japan Hobby Show

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Hello Sandwiches!

We have a booth at the Japan Hobby Show again this year! 23rd - 26th April. I'll be hosting workshops everyday and it would be so nice to see you there!

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This year my company made me a little special workshop room with a peek through window to the maini booth! So cute!

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The Kokusai-Tenjijo installation boys. Where is the 'サ' from Sandwich? Ha ha.

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And how cute is Sophie et Chocolat's booth! CHOU KAWAII!




25日(金)11:00~ 15:30~     2回

26日(土)11:00~ 13:30~ 15:30~ 3回

各回 店員 8名 (所要時間1時間)

ワークショップ代 1000円 今回特別ゲスト SOCO’S Anniversary 代表 辰元草子さんを


SOCO’S Anniversary ワークショップ

25日(金)12:30~13:30 店員8名 1000円




P.S. Next week I will be hosting workshops at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku on 8F on 29th April! And on 10th and 11th May I will be hosting workshops at

Coen store in Shinjuku

. Details on the right hand column of my blog. Come along!

Also - Thank you Naru-san for the photos! 

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Hello Sandwich



Craft Book Team Ohanami (Hokkori Team)

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A little ohanami party, my second last for the season, with the editorial team from the very first book I made in Japan. Boco-chan called our team 'Hokkori Team' which I'm told means something like a group of people that are comfortable to hang out with. Let's hope it doesn't mean number three on this list.

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We went to Shinjuku Gyoen where they have some late blooming Sakura trees.

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They also have a 'No Alcohol' rule for the park which isn't so fun.

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Team Hokkori!

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Such a colourful and delicious feast.

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Get into it!

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This man set up his tripod practically on top of our leisure sheet, with his photography gear actually on the leisure sheet. Minutes later he was sitting with us, chatting away, drinking and eating with us, and comparing photos with my book photographer! Love you Japan! And love you new tomodachi photographer man!

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Sakura trees always turn into Sakura snow way too fast. Tomorrow I have pictures from one last ohanami picnic to share with you. Then, sob sob, that's it for 2014.

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Hello Sandwich


Yoyogi Koen Ohanami, 2014

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One of the many, many things I love about Japan is walking into a supermarket and noticing that there is a new themed section. Oh, so now it's time to make umeshu, and now it's girls day, and now it's time to eat ehomaki to ward off the evil spirits, and now it's time to eat 7 greens rice, and now it's time to plant your Goya summer green wall. There always seems to be a new themed section. You could almost get by in Japan without a calendar. Lately, if you walk into any 100yen shop or supermarket and you can find ohanami party items. Giant colourful leisure sheets, pretty patterned paper cups and plates, potato salad packed in pink and white sakura trays...Love you Japan!

Last year a few beer companies produced special 'Sakura' style packaging especially for spring. I was waiting and waiting for this one to appear in the supermarkerts this year, but the sakura is almost gone and I haven't seen a cherry blossom themed beer can at all this year! Such a shame! I look forward to that every year. It's like when Rummy starts coming on sale and you know that winter is only around the corner. But the good news is, the beer was still available, just not in the cute packaging.

Yoyogi koen is just over 10 minutes bike ride from Hello Sandwich HQ. I've worked out a way to avoid two hills by taking a picturesque detour via Yoyogi Uehara and Yoyogi Hachiman.  During this sakura season, I went to Yoyogi Koen three times in four days. Each time for a very special and very different ohanami party.

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Tuesday's ohanami with Mami-chan was so so lovely and relaxing. Sunny weather, sparkling wine, sakura snow amongst my favourite colours and patterns.

We enjoyed a little feast of onigiri, kinpira gobo and renkon, hijiki, gobo salad, edamame, salad rolls, Maisen sandwiches,  egg, vegetables, potato salad and apples.

Sakura snow fell down on our leisure sheet as we snacked away. Onto our cameras, onto our food, into our drinks. I'm not sure that there are many things more beautiful than relaxing under falling sakura snow.

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Mami-chan made these super sweet ohanami onigiri!

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We both had a shot of being Lullatone for a moment on my little xylophone. Aided with a little sparkling wine. From our quiet little spot we could hear the combination of various other mini-musicals taking place. A guitar to our left, and a trumpet just a few trees over. And laughter, lots of laughter.

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I only made it to Saturday's ohanami party after work around 5pm, and goodness it made me feel old. I had to make sure I looked down as I passed the park fences so as to avoid seeing more men who couldn't be bothered waiting in the long toilet lines. The park was packed with drunk young Enoshima-style kids dancing around on giant blue leisure sheets. And then there's the annual doof party section (who knows if that's what kids are even still calling those things these days) with a lot of trancy music blaring from giant speakers and dancing people with hair dyed in all sorts of rainbow colours. Again, my technique was to just look down and beeline for my group of friends. As crazy as this all sounds, the vibe is pretty fun, in a young people kind of way, and it definitely is worth experiencing it at least once. It's nice seeing everyone let down their hair at a party brought upon by nature. That's pretty special, I think.

Every year we sit in a similar spot saved by lovely Martin who is up and in the car at 8:30am to reserve a space big enough for our large group. How sweet of him!

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People had started to leave by the time I arrived. I loved the little salaryman on his bike and watching his friends bow 'Sayonara' to him at the party next to us. I always wish I could fly over the park at ohanami time and take overhead photos of the colourful leisure sheets.

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We had originally cancelled Sunday's ohanami due to cold and rainy weather, but my gorgeous friend David had brought some beautiful Matcha sake and a selection of beautiful ochoko all the way from Kyoto, so we stood in the park, shivering while we told ghost stories and drank sake. I've never drunk sake from such beautiful vessels in a park in my life. ありがとう Davidさん. Also, anyone who buys a Damien Hirst photo and then eats soba for a month, is a friend of mine.

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There were only four of us, but I love that David poured all six glasses. I was allocated the pretty pink glass one.

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As terrible as it was to see rubbish left like this in the park, I couldn't help but spot the beauty of the vibrant coloured leisure sheets floating over the sakura snow covered ground.

Most of the sakura trees I've been seeing around lately have finished blooming and have left behind pretty scatterings of sakura snow and hours of unedited film on my computer. But I still have some Kandagawa sakura picutres to share with you tomorrow.ではまた明日!

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Hello Sandwich


March in Tokyo, 2014

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Hello Sandwiches!


I found these little retro Japanese papers at a pop up paper shop at Gallery Cadocco in Nishiogi gallery yesterday. The sign said ¥100 per piece so I selected about six. Then the lovely shop staff told my friend and I that if you select ten the price will be ¥500! I can't tell you how much fun it was rummaging through a little tin of these papers with my friend laughing and saying 'kawaii' a million times as we searched for the perfect ones to add to our baskets. In the end I decided to get 20. Hah.

One of them reads:

Shohi's Sandwich Parlour is now ready
To serve near and snappy,
Beer on Drought drawn je-ust right,
Straights, High-balls in tempting weight and height.
None but the best quality
In style and fashion of the most originality
- Is the policy we strictly follow,
Day, night and on to the Morrow.
Home You satisfied with pleasane Hics,
Back you'll with friends for more kicks.

- John Barleycorn

I really love this! And it also reads Sandwich in katakana like my blog. But the kerning is hilarious. It's something like 'Sando' and then 'wich'. My friend spotted this one for me! ありがとうしみずちゃん!

Don't you love the retro designs and fonts, though? I want to photo copy these and make all sorts of craft from the papers I create using them. Some handmade envelopes, wrapping papers, letter sets...

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March is Mimosa time in Tokyo. I'm allergic to Wattle in Australia, and probably to Mimosa, too, but how could you resist having these in your home? Pompom flowers are the best.

I spent an afternoon in my favourite (or second favourite? gosh, they're all great here!) bookshop and stocked up on some design books as a pick-me-up.

And at an event recently I was able to meet with the CEO of Japan's famous Candy Bouquet brand, and make my very own bouquet.

And, receiving fruit from a friend. Somehow I think this is just one of the loveliest of things.

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I spent an afternoon with a new friend and we picked up so many free papers. Goodness, graphic design in this country is impeccable.

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With my Japanese company, I was able to collaborate with Journal Standard Furniture. We hosted a few Journal Standard x Martha Stewart Crafts x Hello Sandwich stencil workshops last week. It really doesn't feel like 'work'. There are more pics over here. Look! Look!

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Another day in the office. Well, this time at a PLAZA buyers event. My *job* for the day was to demonstrate how to use the punches at this fun-filled table. Everyone from PLAZA is pretty darn cute, I must say.

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Rainy days in Nishiogi. My friend said this was 'ハローサンドウィッチぽい!' (Hello Sandwich-ish) Hah!

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I'm not usually one to take photos like this, but I couldn't resist for lovely David!


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The view from Hikarie always takes my breath away.

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Lunch vouchers from my company! I'm soooo into speckled as a pattern right now.

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I'd only met the gorgeous accessory designer Only Yun Yun twice at my exhibition at Commune Gallery, but both times she was wearing this incredible pompom necklace and I always commented on just how much I loved it. A week or so back, in my local Shimokita supermarket I heard a 'Sandwich-san!' and when I turned around I found Sakurako-chan standing there wearing amazing knitted leggings (knitted by her Mama!) holding this necklace out to me. "I give this to you!', she said! Then she proceded to help me read the back of some food packets. I almost cried! What an incredible act of kindness.

Since then, two other beautiful moments with strangers have taken place. Yesterday, in Nishiogi, a guy who worked at the cafe I had lunch at, got chatting with me and gave me a bottle of Brooklyn Lager as a present to take home!

And today, I got chatting to an obaachan who asked me directions, and she ended up telling me I was a 'すばらし人!  (a great person). She knew me only for a couple of minutes, but still, I appreciated it.

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Relaxing nights. I wrote an article about moving from Sydney to Tokyo for the latest 'Home' edition of Kinfolk. Please check it if you have time.

My 'One Line A Day' diary which I am horrendous at updating, my 'New Japanese Words' mini note (which, embarrassingly features a section at the back of all of the English words I don't know, thanks James!) and lots of other things I set off ambitiously to read before falling fast asleep.

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A little Mimosa painting for my friend Hiki-chan!

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Hiki-chan's amazing shop Uguisu!

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Gallery visits in Ginza with DA,B!

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Streamer coffee and my Hasselblad.

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Mami-chan and I bought new iMac's! YATTA! Can't wait to make a new Tokyo Guide and a new book on this little machine! Would anyone like a mini Kyoto guide? I found so many nice places I'd like to share when I was in Kyoto last. Let me know your thoughts, Sandwiches!

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I set off one afternoon recently to take a nice cheery photo for a friend. Luckily, the sakura were just starting to bloom! I'd been sick in bed until the early afternoon for three days at that time, so I went out armed with my 50mm lens and my white surgical mask.

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Just around the corner to my apartment it appeared to be dog-walking-hour. These chirpy obaachans and man were chatting about how they see each other at the same time and same place each day. As if not a worry in the world, they stopped to look and comment on some flowers.

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These ones here.

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I desperately wanted to play with that fake little Schnaupi that looked like a white version of MamaSando's puppy. Around the corner out popped another obaachan who picked up their conversation about the flowers and produced a photo of the same tree during last years spring.

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A few blocks away and pretty much the same situation unfolded. Again, I stopped to chat with more obaachans who were stopping looking at these buds almost in bloom. They assured me they'd be in bloom the following morning. I guess spring is one of those beautiful life messages. There's light and new beginnings at the end of all dark tunnels.

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DA,B! Thank you for these mini floral tissue packets! They are the cutest things ever! How sweet to have best friends like this who buy you cute tissues when you're sick!

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'Rain and Holiday Days: Quiet, slow and gentle music for ordinary day'. Have you ever seen a better name for a CD shop?

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Thank you, David, for letting me know I'm a Tsundoku person! Glad I'm not alone ;)

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This is the view today from Hello Sandwich HQ! I think I spent a good hour staring at it's beauty!

Other than that, I've been watching Kurosawa films, reading a generous portion of Quantum Physics books (Thanks, Mark!), getting used to my new Japanese keyboard (so easy to switch between languages!), making ohanami plans, and annoying MamaSando with gardening advice for my two new plants, Margaret and Francis.

Hope you're enjoying Spring or your favourite weather wherever you are.

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Hello Sandwich