Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

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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‘I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream’ – do any of you remember that song? If you change the lyrics to ‘My Body, Your Body, We All Scream for Everybody’ then I think you have an epic alternate title to this post.

I want to write about Selfridges’ Everybody campaign (and especially their food hall) because I love the message this campaign sends – I have no illusions as to how exculpatory the wellness / fitness industry is both in terms of race and body type. Selfridges is doing something to try and rectify the latter and I am very appreciative of the end result.

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That’s a statement and a half isn’t it? But more and more I am starting to think this is true. Not because I have gone down the wellness path (what does wellness even mean?) but because it’s everywhere on social media and Instagram has become the home of the Wellness Warrior. I hope so much I have just made that term up but I suspect it’s also everywhere.

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Last weekend I had the chance to be part of Pukka and Move Pop Up Gym‘s #PukkaWellness event in Dalston Heights. There was going to be an hour’s Pilates class followed by talks around wellness (more on all of this later). I want to start of this post by thanking both Move Pop Up Gym’s AJ and Pukka’s Dan for letting me tag along to this brilliant event.

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