The Heron-Weinsteins took Japan and lived to tell about it. What a whirlwind adventure. I can hardly begin to blog about it because it’s really book worthy. We spent our first week in Tokyo with a Day Trip to Nikko which was mind blowing. It rained THE ENTIRE time we were there and we coped through not one but TWO Typhoons but I am entirely smitten with Japan, the Japanese themselves - hands down the NICEST most helpful people and their cultural identities. It was a feast for the senses.
As a designer, the entire country was rich with inspiration but Kyoto, Takayama, Naoshima and Hakone were the stand outs for me. Kyoto really felt like a home away from home. The food was epic. I mean seriously and in Hakone we ended up mid Typhoon having the best meal of my life at NOBU. Seriously, it was the only restaurant open and the Kobe beef we had there LITERALLY melted in our mouths. I bowed my way out of the restaurant without thinking because I was trying to show my sincere appreciation for what I had just eaten. GAH. Here’s a little sampling of what Japan feels like to me. Note: This is the muted palette I’m sharing. Japan is both colourful, muted & tonal.
Persimmons. It was the season of the orange fruit and they were EVERYWHERE!!!!
Nara - magical. We used Free Guides just about everywhere we went to show us their city or countryside. It’s a wonderful service - the guides get to practice their English and share their culture. Highly recommend. We had the best Italian lunch in Nara. Go figure!
Patina. Aging is graceful and honoured here.
Artisanship. We saw the most amazing art galleries and exhibitions. The interior design in Japan- well they need me but the architecture and embellishment of buildings, shrines, temples and then the craftwork… it is just exquisite. Hard to put into words. There were times were I was so moved, I couldn’t help but weep. So much beauty. So very lucky to experience it with my family.