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The wabi-sabi Kyoto space that is @stardust_kana an immaculately curated tea shop vegan café & purveyor of beautiful things for home & wear. Another great find by @thedenizenco. The owner Kana is such a calm welcoming presence and every detail of her place is overwhelmingly beautiful in a quiet way that speaks volumes. A true sanctuary & rare gem in the world. See more of the space on my #snapchat : = localmilk #wabisabi #localmilkjapan #kyoto by local_milk

Elizabeth Kirby on Instagram: “@hakujitu_'s shop in Asakusa is one part museum, one part dream home, and one part curator & prop stylist dream. @thedenizenco really knows the good spots. I try to limit my acquiring of material objects to artifacts & objects of use that I know I'll treasure, are beautiful to me, and interact with often. There was no shortage of worthy goods here. Follow him for authentic wabi sabi inspiration. #localmilkjapan #wabisabi #theartofslowliving”

An interview with Walter Manning, co-owner of Old Faithful Shop, a modern take on the old general store in Vancouver’s Gastown area. Continue reading →

The Outsider's Guide to Tokyo: 10 Cutting-Edge Cafes, Shops, and Restaurants

Sometimes the best insights into a city can come from an outsider, so when we heard that our SF-based friend Jay Carroll of One Trip Pass was headed to Tokyo, we asked him to take his camera and report back on his finds. Carroll has one of the plummiest jobs around as concept designer for Levi's, which means he travels the globe in search of inspiration. Here's what he discovered for us:

A Quick Travel Guide to Kyoto

Kyoto- a quick guide to Japans old capital