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Letterpress with Tokyo Pear

Spent an afternoon getting to know more about letterpress at Tokyo Pear's studio in Gyoda, Saitama, an hour away from Tokyo.

Tokyo Pear's letterpress cottage in the fields

Tokyo Pear's letterpress cottage in the fields

Little metal kanji character plates for letterpress!  

Little metal kanji character plates for letterpress!  

Print samples from Tokyo Pear  

Print samples from Tokyo Pear  

Original Heidelberg

Original Heidelberg

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Letterpress mould for my CNY order of greeting cards

Letterpress mould for my CNY order of greeting cards

Figuring out Colours 

Figuring out Colours 

Mixing rubber based printing ink to achieve the desired shade.  

Mixing rubber based printing ink to achieve the desired shade.  

Test printing the Colours.  

Test printing the Colours.  

All excited to receive the Chinese New Year greeting cards in a few weeks! Stay tuned!

Visit to craft space - Maker's Base Tokyo

Had a tour of Maker's Base, a space in Meguro, Tokyo.

It houses heavy duty machines for craft and industrial purposes and these machines are available for all to use with either a day, month or year pass.

The facility was converted from a small-scale factory.  

The facility was converted from a small-scale factory.  

Never used any of these machines before? Pro or no pro, they provide a mandatory training session of average 2hours for that particular machine you want to use for a small fee. (To prevent you from destroying their robots!)

Silk screen printing 

Silk screen printing 

Metal works

Metal works

Metal work spaces  

Metal work spaces  

Ceramic facilities

Ceramic facilities

Ceramic workspace

Ceramic workspace

Fabric workspace with sewing and embroidery and fabric printing machines

Fabric workspace with sewing and embroidery and fabric printing machines

Digital workspace equipped with laser, UV printers and leather sewing machines  

Digital workspace equipped with laser, UV printers and leather sewing machines  

You can also sell your crafts that you made at the gallery shop space!

There is also a gallery space for all crafters to sell their work! - colourful furoshikis!

There is also a gallery space for all crafters to sell their work! - colourful furoshikis!

Ceramic wares... Some were pretty interesting! 

Ceramic wares... Some were pretty interesting! 

*You will have to be a member to qualify for a pass to use the facilities, and the membership costs ¥1,080 yen(10USD).

Monkey Cafe Daikanyama

Good coffee, art, bright natural light and space is no monkey business at all! I'm getting hooked on Monkey cafe in Daikanyama!

Bright and spacious interior

Bright and spacious interior

Minimalist logo of Monkey Cafe

Minimalist logo of Monkey Cafe

Feeling good for some unique merchandise like the laundry multi utility bag or a personalizable tee? 

Feeling good for some unique merchandise like the laundry multi utility bag or a personalizable tee? 

Popcorn fever in Tokyo! How about some clever portable packed shoyu caramel popcorn?  

Popcorn fever in Tokyo! How about some clever portable packed shoyu caramel popcorn?  

Pottery for the first time

I had my first pottery session with YOC at her pottery studio in Tsuruse Saitama, an hour away from downtown Tokyo. 

YOC has been doing pottery for more than 10 years since high school and she's so passionate about it that she say the clay's her soulmate in life. I was briefed on the basics of pottery and got introduced to her kilns and tools she uses to make her dainty Japanese pieces for craft shows and events.

I managed to make 2 small plates, 1 mini salad bowl and a mug, all under her supervision and guidance. With that one session, I am determined to make pottery my new hobby because the entire process is very surprisingly therapeutic!

Learning the different ways and techniques to bring the clay to shape

Learning the different ways and techniques to bring the clay to shape

Being brought up in Singapore, I was never introduced to pottery. And in contrast here in Japan, it's not an unusual scene. So imagine jumpy excited Singaporeans in suburban Japan with a calm and passionate potter.

Now that I have tried my hands on molding my plates and cups, YOC will be doing the firing and painting for me.  The next thing I can't wait to learn about is painting them!

My little babies are next off to some firing!

My little babies are next off to some firing!