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. Netsuke featured fishermen and farmers, who rubbed shoulders with scholars, samurai warriors, royalty and evenContinue reading “Netsuke & Gashapon toys Ancient Japanese treasures and modern collectibles”

Eight ‘classic’ and popular books that are unreadable…

Do you have any books that everyone else seemed to love and you absolutely hated, or that you found to be a bit mediocre? Do you disagree with my assessment on these books and want to give me a good talking to? Let me know below.

Comforting Thought: Polish is a secret language

“There are countries out there where people speak English. But not like us – we have our own languages hidden in our carry-on luggage, in our cosmetics bags, only ever using English when we travel, and then only in foreign countries, to foreign people. It’s hard to imagine, but English is the real language! OftentimesContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Polish is a secret language”

Comforting Thought: Be a restless shark

“Clearly I did not inherit whatever gene it is that makes it so that when you linger in a place you start to put down roots. I’ve tried, a number of times, but my roots have always been shallow; the littlest breeze could always blow me right over. I don’t know how to germinate, I’mContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Be a restless shark”

Comforting thought: Night is the original place where we all come from

“Then you realize: night gives the world back its natural, original appearance, without suger-coating it; day is a flight of fancy, light a slight exception, an oversight, a disruption of the order. The world in fact is dark, almost black. Motionless and cold.”― Olga Tokarczuk, Flights

Comforting Thought: The people we know by smell alone

“Out of the millions of people we live among, most of whom we habitually ignore and are ignored by in turn, there are always a few that hold hostage our capacity for happiness, whom we could recognize by their smell alone and whom we would rather die than be without.”― Alain de Botton, A WeekContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The people we know by smell alone”

Comforting Thought: Describing versus experiencing places

“Describing something is like using it – it destroys; the colours wear off, the corners lose their definition, and in the end what’s been described begins to fade, to disappear. This applies most of all to places. Enormous damage has been done by travel literature – a veritable scourge, an epidemic. Guidebooks have conclusively ruinedContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Describing versus experiencing places”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #68

Hello gorgeous friends, thanks for joining me again for another weird and wonderful tip-toe through a surreal realm, here are 10 things that looked good to me this week. Stay cool, stay inspired, stay cosy… Tiny and enchanting book necklaces from 19th century Ethiopia Via Incunabula on Twitter Here’s some books on a necklace forContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #68”

Seven soothing and hypnotic Slow TV experiences

Something about the slow and hypnotic journeys on train and boat make for cosy viewing. The same can be said for watching animals graze, relaxed and unaware of you peering at them. And also nature visuals and sounds. Here are some great slow TV/streaming video experiences that I really enjoy and have bookmarked to watchContinue reading “Seven soothing and hypnotic Slow TV experiences”