Minimalist Bookstore in Tokyo Morioka Shoten - A Single Room with a Single Book 全世界最小的书店，东京 “一册、一室” 森冈书店
The minimalist principle of eliminating everything superfluous. This concept is brilliant. There is one such store in Tokyo since 2015.
All you will find in the tiny bookstore of "a Single Room with a Single Book” Morioka Shoten in the luxury shopping district of Ginza in Tokyo is simply a single room with one table in it, displaying just one book. More precisely, multiple copies of the said title will be there for one week, with a different book coming up in the following week, and so on. The agony of choice is washed away, as Morioka Shoten has made the choice for you.
You must buy the book Morioka Shoten wants to sell you. How refreshingly easy.
This store is tucked away in a little nook in Ginza in Tokyo. I circled it 3 times before almost giving up then I caught sight of a little sign and finally honed in on its location. Gekkoso, a historical art store, is established in 1917 in Ginza, Japan. This quaint art store is more than a hundred year old and they make some of the most iconic art supplies and stationery items. It was one of the original store in Japan to bring wester art supplies into Japan. Their logo is a cute French horn, as a symbol to gather friends in one place.
Once you get in, it is a small but magical place. I am just an amateur artist but the stuff here sure makes you wish that you are a professional artist. The paper, the colours, the sketch books everything is delightful.
The Gekkoso shop has all the watercolor you can imagine. The handmade brush is also worth to invest on. The price isn’t that expensive compared to other designers’ brushes. Of course, I got myself some of the Gekkoso brushes and acrylic paints as memento for the trip.
Think back nine years. In other words, cast your mind back to the faraway year of 2010. Where were you and what were you doing?
When I started That’s Life Capture It! blog in July 2010, I never expected it would be anything more than a hobby (that’s all most blogs were back then). Had you told me back in 2010 that I’d still be chugging along, spewing out posts about the places that capture my attention, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. A lot has changed since those early years, from my own personal experiences to the general landscape (less bloggers, the rise of Instagram and social media overall). Quite candidly, it’s sometimes been more than enough to want to throw in the towel, especially as I still have a full-time career and a half-completed academic course study. But now, with more than 250 posts, thousands of visitors from around the world and countless memorable experiences, I’ve never been more excited and committed to the possibilities that lay ahead. I’m so happy to get to do something I love and call it my passion, and I’m proud of it I’ve built along the way.
My greatest learning has been the importance of accepting myself. Of being proud of what I put out there, of the message I send and of the type of blog I am creating. If you have been along for the whole time you know the blog has taken many turns…some better than others but all with the true intention of creating content that is authentic and organic.
Comparing myself to my fellow travel blogging peers has been a struggle; I am human. But what I have learned is that we are all on our own journey. And while our paths may cross, and often times do, we all have different goals, different passions and different dreams. Each one of us is pursuing happiness. I feel nothing but inspiration and motivation. And so I use that inspiration and motivation to drive me forward. In a saturated “market” of blogging, it is important to stay in my lane; to be true to myself and remain authentic and real. I know that my learning is not done. Almost everyday I learn something new about this journey.
My Photo Essay on Penang's Camera Museum and Singapore's Vintage Cameras Museum《咔嚓！留下恒久的记忆 槟城与狮城的老相机博物馆》Press Publication Dated 1 July 2019
A very happy start to July ! My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on Penang's Camera Museum and Singapore's Vintage Cameras Museum《咔嚓！留下恒久的记忆 槟城与狮城的老相机博物馆》is published today! So happy to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! Thank U so much 感谢 感恩 :)