Christmas in New York City Part 2: extraordinary Christmas trees and other fun finds

The holidays have come and gone and yet the Christmas spirit is still lingering in the brisk New York air. Just a couple of days ago, Washington Square still boasted a giant illuminated tree as I passed by. Following Part 1 on holiday store windows in New York, here are a few fun finds I … Continue reading Christmas in New York City Part 2: extraordinary Christmas trees and other fun finds

Postcards, tea and a kimono: memories of a year in Japan

“Refinement” is the word that comes to my mind when I think of Japan, despite the initial culture shock I told you about. Even though the Japanese are obsessed with high-tech, they are fiercely protective of their traditions and feel close to nature. The few objects I brought back from my stay remind me of … Continue reading Postcards, tea and a kimono: memories of a year in Japan