Christmas is coming…

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I feel like there’s a lot of ‘firsts’ happening at HZ lately, and here’s another – our very first in-shoppe shopping event! This is to say thank you to all the customers who have supported us at our wee shoppe over the last year and bit, and what better way to do it than with mince pies, mulled wine and discounts! And, you never know what other goodies we might be planning to *give away* on the night…

We’re also super excited about our window display installation by the wonderful paper artist, Mr Yen, who will be with us all day on the 21st November making our window all lovely and festive. Come and say hello and admire his work!

If you can’t make it to our shoppe, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of nice xmassy things for our web shoppe customers to look forward to in the next few weeks, we would never leave you guys out of the fun!

Rachael x

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Tokyo Day 7: Shimokitazawa

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Shimokitazawa is hands down my favourite area in Tokyo. It’s full of indie, vintage and antique shops, pretty bakery’s, noodle bars,  music venues, and generally has a much more laid back vibe to it. When you come from Shibuya to here it feels like a completely different world.

First thing we did when we got here was to hunt down an awesome antique shop we found last time, and the very nice owner let us take some photos (so rare in Japan!). Just look at how much there is in here, I could spend all day just in this one tiny shop!

So many cute little shops, this one was full of vintage toys, fabric and other bits and bobs. It was so beautifully displayed inside but it was strictly no photos so I only managed one of the outside, which was also pretty adorable.

Lots of the shop fronts were super cute and had great names too!

I really wanted to know what was behind this door…

One of my favourite finds in Shimokitazawa this time was a beautiful little bakery called Kaiso. The constant flow of fresh baked goods being placed on the counter while we ate (they had one table for 2 which we managed to nab – result!) was wonderful and made in the kitchen through the back of the cafe. We each had a coffee, John had a little mushroom pizza and I had a little sourdough roll filled with chocolate chips – sooo tasty!

We finished off our trip to ‘Shimo’ with the obligatory visit to a Japanese Cat Cafe! Not much to say about this, it’s all about the visuals.

After all that fun we went and had an extremely tasty curry for dinner. Perfect day.

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Tokyo Day 6: Yayoi Kusama and Tokyo Designers Week

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Ahhh, day 6 was so good, I wish every day would start with a Yayoi Kusama exhibition. It was a small exhibition compared to the one we went to at the Mori Arts Centre a few years back and was focused on work from the 60’s plus some new videos and songs, seriously good.

When we were finished here, we went along to Tokyo Designers Week. This was the reson we decided to go to Tokyo at this time of year, and it was my first trade show ever. Unfortunately there wasn’t much here that I thought would be suitable to sell at HZ, but it was a fun afternoon none the less. My favourite bits were the Container Exhibition and the Design Boom Mart which featured designers from around the world.

Here are some pictures from my favourite containers…

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Tokyo Day 3 and 4 (and 5)

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I’m not very good at this blogging lark, am I? I’m not very good at taking photos either, and there’s also a lack of those from the last few days. However I’ve cobbled together a few pictures for your entertainment.

I don’t think this was for Halloween…

This cute window display was at Andersen in Ueno

Hachiko is Tokyo’s answer to Greyfriars Bobby I think I might start a campaign to get the Number 42 bus decked out like this in Edinburgh.

A very big wheel. I didn’t go on it. Nice weather though.

I did buy this and drink it. It was yellow and warm from a vending machine…

I have, of course, been doing a bit of shopping. This is my very favourite purchase, it’s part of the Hello Kitty Monster Cosplay range from LaForet.

I also bought this gorgeous ring (on my funny looking finger)

some pretty washi paper, might go back for more of this.

and last but not least some fabric from Tomato – I finally made that pilgrimage!

Top image fabric will be for skirts and dresses, and the poodles I bought because I couldn’t not buy them 😀 I got to Tomato 30 mins before it closed. Most shops in Tokyo close at 9pm but Tomato closes at 6. They played Aud Lang Syne for the last 15 minutes.

I’d love to show you more but there’s so much stuff in Tokyo you’re not allowed to take images of, mainly in shops or shopping centres. They put so much effort into making amazing displays it seems a shame that they won’t let you take pictures. Last time I was here I was actually man-handled out of a shop for merely holding my camera in view of the assistant. I’m not taking any chances this time.

Tomorrow we’re off to Tokyo Design Week, our main reason for being here – can’t wait!

Rachael x

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Tokyo Day 2: Sunae with Naoshi!

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This was the day I was most looking forward to out of the whole holiday and it didn’t disappoint one jot. It was super fun!

For those of you who don’t know, Naoshi, is a Sunae (sand) artist from Japan and all of us here at HZ are madly in love with her work so when she kindly agreed to do a sunae class with John and I in Tokyo we were very happy indeed.

We met Naoshi and her friend Kaori (who did a lot of translating – thanks Kaori!) at Kichijoji station and headed to a cafe called the Love and Leaf which is a circus cafe, but sadly there were no performances this afternoon. We had a ‘omurice’ (omelette with rice) for lunch then started work on our sunae.

Naoshi had brought some bear, rabbit and circle shapes with her so we could choose which we wanted and then design a face for it. Both John and I chose a rabbit, and Naoshi and Kaori went for bear shapes. After a little bit of sketching and choosing sand colours we got down to the serious business of cutting which was much harder than I thought it would be.

Naoshi took us through the steps to create our sunae and we all got to take them home with us wrapped in a cute clear bag and sealed with colourful ties, Japanese style!


I was pretty happy how mine turned out, but wish I’d used more darker outlines and made the fangs bigger (you can *just* see them).

Here are Naoshi and Kaori’s finished sunae…

We were all laughing at John as he took so long, but it was a pretty awesome effort, looks great don’t you think?

Thank you Naoshi and Kaori, we had great fun and it was so nice to meet you!

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Tokyo Day 1: Ueno

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Konnichiwa!

Hello from Japan! We arrived yesterday after a fairly stress free flight where I managed to sleep a little and watch a couple of films I wanted to see but never got round to (Bridesmaids and Midnight In Paris). Since we arrived at 8.30 am but couldn’t check into our hotel until later we spent the day mooching round Shibuya, particularly in The Loft, and drinking coffee and feeling a bit grotty.

Today we woke up super early and headed off to Ueno to go to the Zoo. I feel a bit conflicted about zoos, one one hand I hate seeing the animals caged up and kept out of their natural environments but on the other hand I love being able to see them so close up, I imagine a lot of people feel this way.

Today I saw a lot of animals I have never seen before, it was pretty amazing. Highlights include giant pandas, red pandas, the slow loris, lovebirds (amazingly cute!), an enormous hippo, a giant Galapagos turtle and a sloth! There was also a petting zoo which was super fun. Here are some pictures, not good ones I’m afraid, but pictures none the less 🙂


I think the animal that amazed me most was the Hippo, I’d never realised how huge they were before today, not sure if you can tell from this photo but they are MASSIVE!

To finish the day off we went for a ride in a swan boat. Ace.

Until tomorrow,

Rachael x

 

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Cute winners!

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Oh man, this was a tough decision and I wish I had more poker chips so I could send them to everyone who entered as there are some seriously cute pictures here! But, I said 2 winners, and that’s what I have…

Firstly Hannah Duce with this adorable panda picture (I do love a panda)

And Megan with this super cute hedgehog picture (which reminds me of John because he sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating).

Let me know your addresses and I shall get those goodie bags out to you asap!

Thanks so much to everyone who posted a picture, I really enjoy these little competitions we have and will do another when we’re back from Japan too so keep your eyes peeled…

Rachael x

PS I’m actually going to make more poker chip necklaces to send out to everyone who entered our cute competition, but it won’t be until next month once we’re back from Japan. If you would like one and you don’t mind the wait please email me your address.

PPS Contact details here http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/contact-us

 

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Not over yet…

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So, yesterday was our last day of birthday celebrations, which means Lucky 7 is over 🙁

Or is it…

We have 2 of our little cutie limited edition Lucky 7 Poker Chip Necklaces left and we’re going to give them away to two of you, along with a wee Hannah Zakari goodie bag packed with awesome stuff. Natch.

It’s very easy to enter, all you need to do is post a picture or link to your favourite cute image on the internet in the comments section of this blog and the two we think are the most cute will win! Easy peasy!

We’ll announce the winners on Monday afternoon and get your parcel in the post before we set off for Tokyo on Wednesday.

Of course, if you RT us on Twitter or link to HZ or our blog from somewhere we might look upon you more favourably 😀

So, let me see your best cute!

Rachael x

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And today’s prize is…

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Yep, that’s right! Every 7th order placed today using the code LUCKY we will refund in full! And every one who uses the code will get a beautiful print version of our Lookbook and if you spend over £15 you get one of our limited edition Lucky 7 Poker Chips – how do you like them apples?!

For all the details you need please check out our previous blog post all about our Lucky 7 7th Birthday Celebrations, and GOOD LUCK!

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Lucky 7: Day 4 Postcards from Japan

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So, we’re halfway through our 7th birthday celebrations and it’s kinda been fun so far but today I think we have our best prize yet…

If you are a Lucky 7 winner you won’t get a prize with your order, instead we’ll post you a parcel of goodies all the way from our favourite country in the world – Japan!

Next week John and I are off to Tokyo on official HZ business (exciting!) and to meet an old feline friend (maybe) and we’ll be blogging to update you on what we’ve been getting up to, hopefully daily (but we’ll see how that goes).

So if you are a lover of anything kawaii, super cute stickers, Hello Kitty, Mameshiba or other crazy Japanese stuff, today’s Lucky 7 prize is the one for you! We’ll let you know in your order if you should expect a surprise parcel in a few weeks time 🙂

You can get all the details you need on our previous blog post.

Good luck!

ps if we look very young in that photo it’s because it was taken 8 years ago!

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