Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst
Japonisme is one of those books which is actually a piece of art, thanks to the love and attention that’s been put into it. Erin Niimi Longhurst’s debut is a wonderful collection of insights and how you can incorporate the best of Japanese culture into your life. But more than this, Japonisme is full of beautiful illustrations by Ryo Takemasa and stunning photographs taken by Erin herself.
I have been so lucky to have two weeks’ of Japonisme in my life – from the launch of the book, to reading it, to a Supper Club hosted by Erin and Toral Shah from The Urban Kitchen celebrating the best in Japanese flavours and their culture. So this post is going to cover all of that and include a competition at the end on how you can win a signed copy of Japonisme!
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My full name is Roshni. It is six letters long and pronounced Rosh-nee. Today was the first time in living memory that a non-Indian person spelt my name right without me having to spell it for them. Turns out the now author Louis de Bernieres was a former school teacher in a very diverse part of London so he’d probably taught someone with my name. This is because my name is a very common easy name, one without any hidden characters of silent letters. And yet, the fact that one person spelt it right without me having to tell them how to spell it is worthy of a whole post on my blog.
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There are some days when things just don’t go to plan. If you live in London right now you know that there is a massive tube strike going on. Waking up early and having a 50 minute journey take two hours isn’t a good way to start the day. Or a good way to end it. It also means that during the day there is a point (usually after lunch) when your brain has had enough.
That’s it, it declares, give me a break for a few minutes. This happened to me today at around three. So I made an origami crane.
It isn’t as neat as I would like it to be and certainly not as precise as it should be but while I was making it I remembered my childhood. Both Sister and I fell in love with origami after we discovered a Japan Centre near where we live (the fact that it’s closed down makes me sad inside). We bought all sorts of origami books from there as well as paper.
It was lovely to visit my past…I wonder if there is still some origami paper at home? I hope so.