Loveliness from Japan – my little Daruma

Hello everyone,

I think everyone needs a little motivation to achieve a certain goal, or realise a dream or make a wish come true. That’s exactly what a DARUMA is for.  A DARUMA is a traditional handmade Japanese wishing doll. It is a centuries-old tradition from Japan.
Those who know me well know that I have a special relathionship with Japan (like many French people) and that like everything Japanese. I had three years of Japanese at school (which I completely forgot of course) but I am still a big fan of the Japanese culture and I spent my honeymoon in Japan in 2008.
Daruma_with_two_eyes_by_madame_love

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Vase story – my little whale from Japan

Hello everyone,

Inga from Glomerylane and I have been really overwhelmed by the success of our first participative edition of #2flowergirls. You can see the links to the participating blogs under Inga’s blogpost and under mine.
Thank you so much for all those flowers, and for the positive and encouraging feedback. It made us all warm inside – and we definitely need that at the moment in Germany. You can check out the result on the March Pinterest board of #2flowergirls.

Today I decided to blog not directly about flowers, but about vases – my other love!
When I travel, I always try to bring a little vase back with me in my suitcase that reminds me of the great places I visited.
I bought this one on our honeymoon in Japan in 2008. I found it at a gorgeous shop for handcrafted products in Kyoto. It always makes me smile when I see it. It combines my love for flowers and for Japanese design with my obsession about animals in decoration.

What about you, have you got a favourite vase? What do you bring back with you as a souvenir, when travelling?

I wish you a wonderful week!

Elodie

little whale vase from Japan - vase story by madame love

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Akiko – Ein Stück Japan

So, I think I talked or showed enough of my handmade stuff in the last posts. So let’s talk about Hamburg. The first shop I would like to talk about is the beautiful Japanese shop called Akiko – “Ein Stück Japan” in the Hamburg Neustadt. Hamburg has so many design and decoration treasures to offer and so the Neustadt – it is not going to be the last post about this part of the city.
 Akiko opened her shop in the Wexstraße 39 about eight years ago.

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