Thursday, April 9, 2009

Love letter to Japan

Dear Japan,

With all due respect, my sister Autumn enjoys imagining herself as one of your schoolgirls, heading down to Arcadia’s Genki Living for a crepe filled with strawberries and cream. She likes the fun atmosphere of this cafe. She says that the (indoor!) park benches and red telephone booth remind her of the animated films of Hiyao Miyazaki “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” to name two magical movies), whose specialty seems to be beautifully fusing the styles of East and West. Autumn might be too shy to admit her admiration of Japanese pop songs—perhaps because she does not know Japanese—so I will leave you with The Bird and the Bee’s sung affection for your country, “Love Letter to Japan.” (Please turn the sound way up.)



Stephanie said...

Where is this magical creperie? I want to visit!

Lovely photos, as always, as always. =]

Cafe Pasadena said...

De Bird & the Bee were live on KCRW a couple days ago.

Magical posting as usual. Now, when is Autumn gonna return the favor, to you?

Laurie said...

I was just going to echo what Cafe Pasadena said. Bird and Bee's live set on KCRW is probably available to stream or download at this point.

These are such fun photos, Ashley. I love that you are creating this visual history with your sister. (She's a fabulous model, isn't she?!)

I'm pretty partial to Japanese things, too... my husband is half Japanese!

Rose said...

Love letters to Japan, is the perfect title for these pictures. Autumn is so cute and the backgrounds are irresistible. Great photographer!

Ashley said...

Thanks so much for the super comments, everyone!

Stephanie: The cafe's in Arcadia (near Pasadena)--we should go sometime! You'd love it!

Cafe Pasadena: Yes, I was listening to the radio at the time and fell in love! Have you seen the new Easter post with everybody?

Laurie: You should try this crepe place! Actually, I think that you'd like many of the shops in the area: Life Plaza, J&J Bakery, etc... It's like a mini vacation! Thank you also for appreciating this project of ours.

Rose: It was very fun!