16 July 2012

Tokyo Trip!

 
この2週間は一人でちょっと東京に行ってきました。次のプロジェクトのための下見やリサーチ、インプットのために。何ヶ月ぶりかに戻った都会、街の活気が新鮮で刺激的でした。

今回は小学校から大学、ニューヨーク、フランス時代の友人たちと会って、色んな話をし、本当にインスパイアされました。みんな様々な経験をしてきて、それぞれの方向で頑張っている友人たち。母であったり、仕事を頑張っていたり、夢に向かっていたり。それぞれの引き出しから出てくる意見やアイディア。たくさんパワーをいただきました。

たっぷりチャージされて福山に帰ってきて、次は相方とアウトプットに専念!
秋には面白いことを...お楽しみに!

So, I was in Tokyo for a little over two weeks for some research and inspiration for our next project - meeting people, walking around and absorbing the city. It's been a few months since my last trip but this time was more refreshing, stimulating and energizing than before. When you're in it, you sometimes forget to pay attention but yes, it's TOKYO!

This time, I met lots of friends from every phase of my life, from grade school through college, New York and France, which was very inspiring. All from different backgrounds, living different lives. All sparkling in their way.

Now, I'm back in Fukuyama, charged and inspired, ready for some creative output with my partner. We are brewing something fun for Fall... stay tuned!

 
今回のお気に入りスポットは北青山にできたニューヨーク・ダイナー風なカフェ、NUMBER A。オープンでゆるい感じがまたまたニューヨークを思い出させてくれました。「ベーコン&チョコチップのパンケーキ」の塩味と甘みのハーモニーが絶妙。

My favorite spot from this trip was a cafe in Kita-Aoyama called "Number A." It totally reminded me of New York. Open and easy-going. The bacon & chocolate chip pancake was a divine combination of sweet and salty.

 
そして代官山の蔦屋書店。ここの専門書や洋書、雑誌の豊富さは脱帽です。お菓子屋さんにいる子供のようにきょろきょろ、ワクワク。

The TSUTAYA bookstore that opened earlier this year in Daikanyama is my favorite place to indulge in glossies. They have all of the magazines that you can think of from all around the world! Their selection of art/design/travel/cook books are amazing as well. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time.

 
最後に...久しぶりに東京イーストエリアを歩いたときの懐かしい隅田川沿いの景色。左手は私が高校時代に住んでいたマンションビルと右手は私が住んでいた時に話題になったアサヒビールホール(「うんちビル」)。常にハイスピードで変わっていく東京でも自分の思い出の景色が変わっていないことにホッ、そして十五年ぶりに見てちょっとドキッ。

It had been a long time since I walked the East area of Tokyo but when I saw the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower across the Sumida River and looked over to the left, there they were - my old apartment building that I lived in when I was in highschool (right when I moved back from California) and the infamous Asahi Beer Hall (a.k.a. "The Poop Building"... the gold thing on top is supposedly an artistic resemblance of beer foam but...)! In an ever-changing, high speed metropolis like Tokyo, I was glad to see that some things that are familiar to me haven't changed.


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