Saturday, 6 March 2010


Garth, a friend of the family came to stay for a few days and we spent a fab time exploring the city together. I love having people to come and stay as you see the city from a completely different angle and with fresh eyes. Garth is an artist/sculptor, lives in France and has spent the last few years renovating an old barn into a beautiful living space. Luckily he is into mooching around art shops for hours on end, so we headed to the mecca that is Sekaido in Shinjuku, an enormous art shop on four floors. Garth wanted to get some boards to paint onto and while we were there, we checked out the amazing selection of brushes, ranging from bamboo sticks with a "withered" end, that produces the brush effect, to stunningly delicate peacock feather brushes, which, I have to say, I would never want to use for fear of ruining....and the fact that they were about £100 each!

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