Netsuke & Gashapon toys Ancient Japanese treasures and modern collectibles

Netsuke are uniquely Japanese and sublime in their beauty. They are tiny objects carved of ivory, ceramic, wood, tortoise-shell, gold or many other materials. They tell the story of the culture of Japan during the old Edo period and before. As rendered in netsuke, fishermen and farmers rubbed shoulders with scholars, samurai warriors, royalty and…

A fancy restaurant in the backstreets of Kyoto Copyright © Content Catnip 2018 www.contentcatnip.com

Every picture tells a story: Fancy restaurant in Kyoto

A fancy restaurant in the backstreets of Kyoto Copyright © Content Catnip 2018 www.contentcatnip.com In every alleyway and side-street in Kyoto and Tokyo there are thousands of stories. This alley was no exception. I can't exactly recall what this place was, but I just loved how it looked. Some shop fronts are adorned in such…

Product review: Natio's makeup range

Product review: Natio’s makeup range

About Natio  Natio is an Australian brand of cosmetics that is available in department stores and chemists in Australia and New Zealand. Underpinning their brand is a philosophy about creating make up and skincare that's kind to the environment and uses only plant-derived, vegan ingredients. Also most importantly for me, is that they do not…

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of fashion

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. Still…