Japan + Giveway

We returned early this morning from an amazing two week family holiday to Japan. It is such an exciting country with so much to offer and we managed to fit a lot into our time there. We arranged a Japan Rail pass from Australia which made it easy for us to get around.

Some of the highlights included:

  • Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea
  • Hakone near the base of Mt Fuji, famous for its hot springs and picturesque scenery
  • Universal Studios, Osaka
  • Temples and Nijo Castle in Kyoto
  • Ski area of Hakuba – such a novelty to see snow:)
  • Shopping in Tokyo (fabrics, craft supplies, stationery, baking supplies, and electronics)

Thanks to Stephanie and Rumi for some travel tips during our planning stage!

With regard to the shopping, there are a number of great posts that pointed us in the right direction and made finding the stores easy. Our favourite stores were Loft, Tokyu Hands, Nomura Tailor, Okadaya, and Daiso. We also found a chain of second hand book stores in Tokyo called Book.One which had a great selection of craft/sewing books/magazines for 10-40% of the recommended retail price.ย 

Sarah and I have bought a selection of Japanese craft supplies for our giveaway, including an origami kit to make little Japanese girls; some gift bags; trim; fabric; flex frame; and other cute supplies.ย 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and we will enter you into the draw. We will select a winner on Saturday 30 January.ย 

Just before I head back to the mountain of laundry, just wanted to show you Sarah’s favourite purchases. A beautiful Kokeshi Doll

and a funky pair of polka dotted Sneakers!

Posted by Lisa and Sarahย 

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  1. two hippos says

    What a fabulous sounding trip, my daughter has wanted to go over to Japan for so long – to visit sylvanian family world! Look forward to reading more about your trip.

  2. Kelly says

    Japan sounds like so much fun, I would love to get there one day, in the mean time I’m going to see if I can find myself some of those con’s they are awesome!

  3. says

    Fantastic! Sounds like fun! We are heading there in April – Tokyo & a friends lodge in Hakuba. Would love to hear more about the trip & some places you stayed!

  4. says

    What fun you must have had. I hope you will share some of your adventures in upcoming posts for all of us who will probably never have the opportunity to travel there. I love the kokeshi doll, too!!karen

  5. says

    Lucky, Girls! You make me want to go back again…
    I love how your two favourites show the contrasts of Japan- traditional kokeshi doll vs funky modern fashion;-)
    Thanks for sharing your spoils with a giveaway.

  6. says

    Wow!!! How I am jealous!!! You are lucky and I’m happy you are back at home ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope seeing lots of photos soon and count with me for the giveaway.
    Thank you both ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. says

    I love to see pictures of people`s travels because with only looking at them i travel too … ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for this chance, the price looks amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. says

    Welcome home girls! Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and I really look forward to seeing all your Japanese-inspired crafting that I hope will come ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sarah, I LOVE your sneakers, a great find!
    Now, off to check out your links!

  9. says

    Ohh I love the doll and the sneakers. Sounds like you and your family had a great time and got to see lots of the country.
    My DH and I visited Japan a couple of years ago and we would really love to go again. Our DS is going in March.
    Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  10. says

    Que lindo debe haber sido estar en esos lugares tan fabulosos, y ademรกs llegar con tanta novedades, espero que tenga suerte y puedaganar en tu sorteo…muchas gracias por compartir esto con nosotras.
    Saludos Odette

  11. says

    Those sneakers are great! It sounds like a fun time:)

    I am entering this for a friend who doesn’t blog, who might not even know blogs exist! She loves Japanese things, and it would be so fun to be able to send it to her:)

    Thanks, Shawna

  12. says

    How exotice! I can’t imagine geisha girls (if that is what they are) dressed up and walking around like that! So pretty and exotic. What an adventure of a lifetime for you.

  13. says

    Welcome home! PLeased to hear it all went well. I have never been there but can only imagine how amazing it would be. Am I expecting to see some Japan inspired craft soon????

  14. says

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! My sister in Japan a few months ago, and loved it too. She went to a few of the same places. I LOVE those polka dot sneakers! My favorite brand of shoes. Welcome home.

  15. says

    Japan is one place I have always wanted to go to. I hope that my dream will come true one day and I will visit this stunning country. Love the food and all their cute stuff!

  16. says

    I’m so envious! I regularly correspond with a Japanese friend near Kyoto, but haven’t ever managed to visit her there. Now I’m even more tempted. Glad you had a lovely holiday.

  17. says

    My DH and I are always dreaming of a trip to Japan! Sort of a dream/fasination for us and seeing your post makes me want to go even more.

    Thank you for offering the giveaway! BTW-Sarah has great taste…I love both of her purchases.

  18. says

    Wow, what a fun trip, I would love to got there someday. My husband was there for about 4 months when I was pregnant with our daughter – who is now almost 21-!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. says

    Welcome home! So good to have you back… And such excitement about your trip to Japan! I’ve always wanted to go there… hope to one day. :o) Can’t wait to see photos! Thank you for this very fun giveaway–such treats! Happy days settling in at home again. ((HUGS))

  20. says

    Thanks for sharing! I LOVE those Converse! All of my husband’s relatives live in Japan, and I can’t wait to go visit (and buy fabric!)

  21. says

    welcome home from such an amazing trip! sounds like you really hit some hot spots while there! did you like the food? thanks for sharing your trip with a giveaway!

  22. says

    i’ve just found your blog in the last day or two…how exciting! and what wonderful treats you brought home! please include me in your drawing!

    thank you,


  23. says

    I am so jealous, i would love to go to Japan, my hubby has been and he always drops these ‘oh well when I was in Japan…’ comments…. *sigh*

  24. says

    Wow, have always wanted to travel there, looks like a fascinating place full of contrats, glad you had a wonderful holiday can’t wait to hear snippets over the coming posts….Happy Australia Day…not too much washing and ironing now!

  25. says

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been and I find myself longing to get back. I miss, oddly enough, the smells the most. Such distinct smells that you hardly encounter over here. Too bad there’s such a distance between Europe and Japan…

  26. says

    I LOVE the Polkadot Cons!

    Japan must have been wonderful! I ahve always been inspired to go after reading Memoirs of a Geisha. And you were obviously lucky enough to spot one, which I have heard is not always easy.

  27. says

    This looks fun! All I ever get to see of Japan is the airport! We fly Beijing to the States and always change planes in Japan. Someday we will have to take a couple days and tour!

  28. says

    thanks for sharing the pics! My DD wants to know when your DD grows out of those converse’s can she have them? they are so cool! I love the craft items they have in Japan, I have scoped a few websites out, but unfortunately my japanese is non existant AND the google translater, well lets just say its HYSTERICAL!

    Happy Australia day to you!!!

  29. says

    thanks for sharing the pics! My DD wants to know when your DD grows out of those converse’s can she have them? they are so cool! I love the craft items they have in Japan, I have scoped a few websites out, but unfortunately my japanese is non existant AND the google translater, well lets just say its HYSTERICAL!

    Happy Australia day to you!!!

  30. says

    Sounds like you had a fantastic holiday! I lived in Japan for a while and Tokyu Hands was one of my favourite shops too!

    Love the polka dot sneakers!

  31. says

    I am not sure if your drawing is open to overseas readers, but I wanted to comment anyway. It sounds like you had a perfect trip – especially shopping for craft supplies! I am looking forward to seeing the projects you will not doubt be posting.
    (And those are the coolest Converse EVER!!!)

  32. says

    What a fantastic holiday.I’m so envious! I love all the craft stuff you’ve brought back and can’t wait to see what you girls create with it.I’ve never seen tape like the ones you brought back.Where in Australia can you purchase it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Barb.

  33. says

    oh wow girls how exciting for you to have been to Japan, I LOVE the Converses, very sweet, and the kokeshi is adorable, sounds like such a fun time

  34. says

    What a fun entry! Japan is definitely on my bucket list of places to go! I absolutely love the new Kokeshi doll and the origami kit is sweet as can be, Glad to hear you had a nice trip!

  35. says

    japan — how exciting!! there must have been so much to see and do. all those fabrics and patterns and ideas with so little time. glad to know you made it there and back safely! please count me in your giveaway.
    thanks much, rita

  36. says

    I have just discovered your beautiful blog via your tutorials and I think I will become a regular now – so many interesting ideas and it sounds like a wonderful holiday

  37. handmaiden says

    Well ladies, what a great family holiday. I am sure you will share a lot more with us over the weeks.Hope u bought lots of fabric to make some crafty goodies
    Best wishes

  38. bluebird-lyn says

    Hello Lisa and Sarah, I enjoyed reading your posts of your recent trip to Japan… I have a small collection of Kokeshi dolls…and deep love of the Japanese culture….love to have a chance in the draw for your Giveaway…Warm Regards Lyn

  39. says

    Do you know Japan wasn’t high on my list of “must get there” places but after reading your blog I’m thinking differently. You are inspirational!

  40. Anonymous says

    Cute! Or kawaii, as the Japanese would say! Love the kokeshi doll – my daughter has a gorgeous one too.
    Jo from Australia

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