day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill

day 381 – four old postcards of scenes in japan that evoke a sense of wonder and/or intrigue

1. A pasture near Sapporo. (top left)

2. A sacred bridge in Nikko. (top right)

3. A buddhist temple in Awajishima. (bottom left)

4. A view of the cherry blossoms from the hilltop at Tsuyama Castle. (bottom right)

day 380 – four plastic cases for keeping deciduous teeth

1. This post was inspired by two other tooth-related posts.

2. These cases were found under a shelf after a coffee mishap.

3. I do not have any baby teeth left.

4. Some people are known to have a third set of teeth.

day 379 – four parts of a sheep including the head

1. baa (English)                  2. bêê (French)

3. beee beee (Spanish)      4. meh meh (Japanese)

day 378 – four species that use bioluminescence to attract prey and lure mates

1. Handmade squid made by Sarah Albu

2. Vintage postcard of ladies at the sea observing a mini octopus

3. Plastic squid fishing lures from Daiso

4. Japanese Pacific Flying Squid stamps, probably from the 60s

day 377 – four kinds of seaweed from hokkaido

1. “Kuki Wakame” – seaweed stems  (top left)

- fantastic in salads with ume or ponzu dressing

2. “Tororo Kombu” – pickled, shredded kombu kelp (top right)

- used in soups, on udon or soba noodles, and rice

3. “Gagome Kombu” – brownish, very sticky kelp with fronds like basket mesh (bottom left)

- hailed locally as a super-food, high in anti-oxidants, eaten in soup, on rice

4. “Mekabu Kombu” – the thick, ruffled part near the root of the seaweed plant (bottom right)

- wild grown and hand-harvested, eaten in soup or in salads, on rice or noodles

day 376 – four matchboxes from kyoto

On the steep hill leading up to Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) in Kyoto, there is a cute little shop that sells matchboxes, postcards, and clothing designed by the owner. I can’t get enough of them, and make sure to stop in whenever I’m in Kyoto.

day 375 – four smiling monsters in lieu of a greeting

1. Schmoozy     2. Dependable

3. Absentminded     4. High-strung

Guest Editor’s Profile – Emmie Tsumura

Emmie Tsumura

Hiroshima City, Japan

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
My main working space is my desk, but it often extends into the tatami room and the kitchen island. My desk is also in the kitchen, with easy access to the stove for tea-making and sudden cup noodle urges. Currently on my desk is a formerly trusty but recently temperamental MacBook, a handmade mug with a bunch of different pens and brushes, a collection of Japanese washi tape, and an Epson printer. Also, some speakers, a kanji dictionary, and a CD of songs for karaoke practice. In front on the wall, is a corkboard with inspiring quotes, some screenprints, old postcards, and a pocket full of delivery pizza and sushi coupons. Delivery sushi – the best!!!

I come from a family of meticulous label enthusiasts, and paper shredding neat freaks. On the contrary, I’m a pretty disorganized paper-keeper. I’m kind of a fan of organized chaos, but I’m always looking for ways to keep the chaos in check. I try and keep all my paper in coded boxes based on pattern and colour. I like the look of different-coloured post-its all over the place, and am a future post-it master.

I came to Hiroshima from Canada six years ago with my husband Nate. This place is full of music and art, great food and sake, beautiful rivers and mountains, and the sound of old streetcars. From our place, we get a great view of the bullet train shooting through the city at night. Pretty cool.

Where do you normally get your things?
I get my stuff from lots of different places, but my favourite is probably the brush store in downtown Hiroshima. There are brushes wall-to-wall for make-up, paint, and calligraphy, as well as endless options for ink, ink stones, paper, and stamp carving. Next would be Tokyu Hands, a 7-floor one-stop shop with several floors dedicated to stationary, DIY stuff, paint, Gocco, sketchbooks – everything. There’s pretty much one in every big city here, and they’re never disappointing.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
There are so many things, but I’d say that my calligraphy pens and inks are the most exciting. These days I’m in love with Brause pens, especially the hexagonal double-ended ones, walnut ink, and trying out different kinds of sumi.


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