Maruhiro – Hasami Porcelin




It is not easy to have a slow life during a busy morning.  However, the moment when preparing coffee or tea, holding the cup and then tasting mindfully.  The sequence can help our life slow down.

For my coffee time every morning,  I am enjoying the coffee taste with HASAMI porcelain.

HASAMI is a little town located in Nagasaki -southern Japan. Luckily it is not far from my home town.  This town is known well along with neighbouring Arita, Saga prefecture for its china manufacturing.

A design company Maruhiro creates tools for daily life.



Megumi Nizato who is a creative graphic designer, has designed the logo for this brand. Hasami means Scissor in Japanese.   Risa Nizato who is a talented porcelain designer in Maruhiro, she is creating the design of the goods.

We have a sisterly relationship, when I hold this cup in the busy morning, it reminds me their sweet smile (:  and my day starts with the cup.    What I like in their work is that they create useful items for everyday life but also there is a playful essence in their design.

It is called in Japanese – asobi gokoro.

Ability to stack to cup specially pleasing .


長崎の波佐見焼きのマルヒロのカップ&プレート。 有田焼もいいけど、波佐見焼もいい。





The one who slows down arrives safe and sound





Work apron – manocaldo

Manocaldo hair salon is a sanctuary located at the top floor of a building in the bustling centre of Fukuoka in southern Japan.

My long term friend, Maiko, started manocaldo 10 years ago. Her skill with scissors is outstanding and she gives useful advise to her clients to help them naturally coordinate.

I really love her style of work and respect her philosophy. The origin of manocaldo is “warmhand” in Italian. You can be guaranteed to find a warm hand with this artisan skill.

When I visited her salon, she welcomed me with PIANOPIANO work apron. I was very happy to see her work and move with the apron.

Work + Movement = Art


Artisan small bag – Chikumbuso Widows & Orphans Project

I encountered the project called Chikumbuso, a grassroots project in Ng’ombe, Zambia, which provides an alternative lifestyle to the most vulnerable women and children in the township.

Through skill training, micro enterprise supports their artists and their families and brings money back into the project.  The first priority for the group became finding a means of making money. They had little formal education and leaned on artistic skills. The handbag project began with just a few recycled Shoprite bags, a crochet hook and a pair of scissors. Today, the group has grown to 45 widows and 25 at risk youth making beautiful handcrafted items.

I have been using another bag from Chikumbuso for five years, it doesn’t become old and it is waterproof.

Most of the bags were sold out before introducing on our website. This is the last bag.  It has a small pocket inside the bag, this is not on sale on our website.  The price was £39 but now £30.   Please contact us if you would like to purchase this wonderful bag.

Buying this bag supports families affected by HIV/AIDS.




Grow London – the contemporary garden and life style

PIANOPIANO Aprons were on the show – GrowLondon at Hampstead heath. The aprons were happy to line up with the London borough of Jam.

Here is the info about Grow London

Thank you so much London borough of Jam – Lillie for your effort.

After historical result in England,  I felt how much people’s confusion and anxiety are surrounding. But in the Hampstead Heath, people are bathing with sun and their face are relaxed and smiling. It is the time to see our simple life.

週末、ロンドンのハムステッド・ヒースで開催された、GROWLONONというフェアにPIANOPIANOのワークエプロンが並びました。 お世話になっているロンドンボロージャムのオーナーのリリーが彼女のジャムとアフリカバスケットとエプロンを一緒においてくれました。このイベントは、いろいろな庭やアウトドアのスタイルを提案し紹介するイベントでした。ハーブ、ベンチ、鉢の巣、庭のデザイン、キャンプ、キャンドル、斬新な花瓶や植物を植える鉢など、デザイン、機能性、環境に配慮したプロダクトが並んでいました。




Belated but Happy new year 

It is a half way of the first month of 2016. 

A cold crispy air in London but the early spring realctions have appeared. 

In the new years days, I was in Dorset for taking training zen meditation and mindfulness. In the morning we are in silent and had to write poem / haiku everyday.  It was a beautiful time  and It made me a lot how I can be for this project and present moment.  

I will do ” PIANO PIANO “mindfully in 2016 !! 

Hello Snow drop.

Foggy london