The power of colour

Enjoying the color of April while tasting London borough of Jam.

As you know from the profit we donate back to a charity operating in Malawi. Now we are arranging for this, hoping I can report to you soon!

Three small collections of Jam:

Blackberry & Bay Leaves Jam

Lemon & Vanilla Marmalade

Greengage Plum & Fennel Pollen Jam

The shop is opened the only weekend.   http://www.londonboroughofjam.com/

4月の色のエネルギーをもらいながら、ジャム屋さんのリリーが心を込めて作る3つのジャムを楽しみました。

その傍ら、PIANOPIANOの寄付金の計算、PIANOPIANOの新しい企画などの話し合いをした春の日でした。

Maruhiro – Hasami Porcelin

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PIANOPIANO LIFE-  SLOW LIFE

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.

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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 .

私の朝の生活の中にすっかりとけこんでいる道具。

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。

妹のような存在であるかわいいアーティスト姉妹がロゴデザイン(Megumi)、カップデザイン(Risa)したものだから、更に愛着を感じます。遠いところで頑張っている二人を時に思いながら、豆を挽き、コーヒーを入れ、✁カップでロンドンの朝を少しゆっくりめに始めるのでした。

 

ゆっくり生きていこう。元気に遠くまで行けるように

CHI VA PIANO, VA SANO E VA LONTANO

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

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Inspirational escape

I have been busy in London, which is exciting but sometimes it’s good to switch off and go to somewhere else…in fact many inspirations were waiting for me in North England.

 

When I woke up,  what I saw from the room…

The sky is round ! Space and green, had a deep breath.   My brain got vitamin.  I noticed I was tired.      My Easter gift was blessing from the sun !

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ロンドンの忙しい毎日にちょっとブレイク。 休んでいる暇はないのですが、ちょっと仕事の電源をオフにして、イギリス北部へ車を走らせました。

目に飛び込んできた風景は、 丸みのある空に長閑な空間と春の緑。 おもいっきり深呼吸。 3ヶ月間、ノンストップでよく頑張ったな~と、ちょっと疲れている自分に気付きました。 何よりの恵みは、お日様の光。  そして、きづいたら、スケッチしていました。

 

 

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On the way back to London,  stopped at Chester. As the most complete walled city in Britain, Chester is one of Britain’s Heritage Cities. The surviving Roman grid pattern of streets are so compact that you can get around all the city’s landmarks on foot, feasting your eyes on an amazing architectural panorama of the past.

 

チェスターは、イギリス遺産都市の一つで、現在でもローマ式の城壁都市が美しく残っています。 町を散策した後に、チェスター大聖堂に入ってみたら、至るところに、素晴らしい教会の芸術が、散りばめられていました。

 

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Marvel at Chester Cathedral, located in the heart of the city and discover a fascinating history spanning a thousand years.

 

Beautiful glass works in the Cathedral.

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“Inner spring always welling up for Eternal Life” in the yard. 

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Time’s Paces 

When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept. 

When as a youth I waxed more bold, Time strolled.

When I become a full-grown man, Time RAN.

When older still I daily grew, Time FLEW.

Soon I shall find, in passing on. Time gone.                                    By Henry Twells

 

 

 

 

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Happy Easter from PIANOPIANO

 

 

Wooly yumi books -ウーリィユミの絵本屋さん

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ロンドンの友人 がついに絵本屋さんをウエブ上にオープンしました。

暖かい手作りの絵本。子どもたちのために書かれたウーリィユミの世界です。

英語・日本語版の絵本があり、フランス語にも翻訳される予定です。

かわいいお話の扉を開けてみてください。

I am happy to announce that my friend in London Yumi  has launched her hand made books for children.   

You can purchase her book through the following website. There are English and Japanese version, also it will be translated in French soon !

-My wish is for the characters from the stories will be living inside of Children’s heart and playing with them.    Yumi –

http://woolyyumibooks.com/   English

http://woolyyumibooks.com/japanese/   日本語