Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 years of living in Tokyo!

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Exactly five years today I packed up my life and moved to Tokyo!!!

F I V E  Y E A R S !

Love you, Japan!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hello Tokyo!

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I am sooooooo excited to announce my new book 'HELLO TOKYO', which comes out on August 26th! It's out with Murdoch books and is my very first book in English! You can pre-order your copy over here at Amazon!

I hope you'll enjoy!

Oh, and the heading is in gold foil! I die!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich

Sunday, May 17, 2015


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Sandwiches! The new Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide is launching mid July 2015! The Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide lists over 100 fun places to visit!

Don't miss out on securing your copy with this chance to pre-order your copy in advance!
This is a revised and updated edition of my previous Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide. This handy guide includes some favourites from the previous guide, but also includes loads of amazing new finds that I'm sure you'll love so, if you've already travelled to Tokyo on my previous guide, then you might fancy this updated guide, too!

This time, I'm also including a little book-in-book supplement where I interview lovely shop owners, suggest tips on enjoying the perfect picnic in Tokyo (from where to pick up a bento, to setting up in the best spot in the park), and even some hotel room friendly craft tutorials.

The Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide reviews my favourite Tokyo suburbs including Shimokitazawa, Harajuku, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Nakameguro, Daikanyama, Shinjuku, Omotesando, Koenji, as well as some cool up and coming suburbs.

The Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide is a guide for people who like travelling like a local and visiting hidden places off the beaten track. There are tips on where to rent a bike, the best bike path, the best coffee, the best craft shops, the coolest shops, the cheapest drinks, the most delicious pizza, the best izakaya, the cutest cafes, the best rooftop bar, the coolest hotels (and the cheap and cheerful hotels), the loveliest parks and soooo much more.

It's a list of all of the places I frequent, making it a local insiders guide to Tokyo. Also included in the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide are language essentials and travel tips. It's the bloggers guide to Tokyo and if you'd like to visit the places seen on Hello Sandwich, then this guide is the zine for you.

60 pages hard copy zine
PLUS - Added Book-in-book supplement
Printed in Japan
Uncoated paper stock
A5 size
Saddle stitch bound
$27 AUD
Posted internationally with love from Tokyo

You can pre-order your copy online here.

Enjoy your trip to Tokyo, Sandwiches!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich

Update: YOU GUYSSSSSS!!! Thank you so much for all of your orders! The volume of orders in just 24 hours has been absolutely mind blowing! Thank you so much! You guys are THE BEST! xoxo
*I do a limited run of each zine so please don't miss out if you think you'd like a copy!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

JAL Tour

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JAL tour this week! Special thanks to Luke for the super sweet hookups!

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They had the 'tokubetsu' government plane there that we could take pics of but we couldn't upload them onto social media! It's torture. I want to show you guys so much.

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787 4LYF.

"ANA were the first to own a 787" "De-icing is the cleaning process after a plane has been in the snow" "See that mark in the middle of the engine? That spins around and freaks birds out". Luke knows evvvvvvveryyyyythingggggg about planes. It's super awesome!

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De-icing uniforms closet.

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After the tour Luke and I drank Sapporo and watched flights come and go from the observation deck.
We both love airports. And are both guilty of going there to draw even when we don't have a scheduled flight.

Such a great day. ありがとうルーク!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich

Golden Week, 2015

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This was seriously The. Best. GW!

Spent with so many amazing friends. Seeing exhibitions. Eating great food. Drinks on sunny rooftops. Great music. Spring breezes.

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Pizza delivery at HSHQ.

"Can I take a photo of you two?"

"I'm not loving the toilet door as the backdrop...WAIT! I'll get your backdrop from my new book!"


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Cutest. Friend. Ever.

This cafe will be in my new Tokyo Guide for surz! So, so great!

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This visit it was Peru. Next, S P A I N ! Woooooooo!

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GW Rooftop beers and bubbles at my favourite Tokyo rooftop with the best people. I meet Nina at one of my workshops and we hung out heaps before she had to fly back to NZ. Ninaaaaaaaaa, please just move here already! Love you.

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K a n p a i i i i i i i i i ! (Shamefully no manicure!)

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Louis Vuitton gallery.

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Cuteness and fun times at Rocket Gallery.

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Undercover A.P.C. shirt.

"Beastie, do you know A. P. C?" (Where's the laugh crying emoticon?! Hah)

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Beastie showing us this.

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Sampling fruit sounds at the EATBEAT closing party. The music is made from sampling things like blenders, chopping vegetables, etc. Listen to the Eatbeat ones over here or watch a little movie here.

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Thanks to Lullatone's Shawn for the Yahoo Auction link, and Mr Y for his awesome bidding action, this SK-1 is now in HSHQ, y'all!

Lullatone have just released their 'Sounds of Spring' EP. Shawn emailed me to say that he snuck in 'Sandwich' into one of the song titles for me as a little secret handshake! Whaaaaaaaaat?! I DIE!

Ohhhh I still have to show you the photos from the visit to Shawn's studio when I was in Nagoya recently. We all had a BBQ at his family home, too. Seriously, pinch me!

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Pink poles at train stations. Love you, Japan!

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Lunch time gallery visits.

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Olivies, cheese and sparkling with my beastie.

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Dirty iPhone lens in Shinjuku.

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THIS lady! She bought her own book for me, signed it before the bookshop staff wrapped it, and then gave it to me at lunch. The sweetest! Also, whyyyyyyy don't publishers ever give enough copies to authors.

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Lunch in Shibuya. There are not many places who can make Oyakodon look this pretty. Another one for the Tokyo guide.

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View from lunch.

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Presents from HAY!

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Best people. So lucky to have these guys in my life.

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Mami-chan in pink and black tights with sparkle shoes AND Sumire-chan's Kyoto book bag! I die!

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My amazing assistant brings iced-coffee and macaroons over for crafternoons! STOP IT!

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Hello Sandwich hand painted ice cream letter sets. Available online over here.

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Sophie et Chocolat's pop-up studio ice cream shop was the cutest.

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Fruit cocktails at this super fun outdoor cafe! Boco-channnnnn! YOU ARE THE BEST!

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These guys!

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The winner of the best GW message goessssss toooooooo.....Luke!

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Absolute legends! So happy to have met you guys! Amelia - see ya on Tuesday! And Ashley and Esther, you guys H A V E to move to Tokyo ASAP, please!

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I woke up hangover (and with an empty fridge) one day over Golden Week to a phone call from Babachan inviting me across the road to her rooftop for an impromptu BBQ. Doesn't get much better.

I peeked out the curtains from my bed and saw her daughter setting up on the rooftop! Cuteness!

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Kitazawa neighbourhood BBQ crew.

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Love Babachan's pot-plant-meets-masking-tape BBQ style.

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Most delicious sashimi-grade Ebi ever!

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Thank you so much everyone for such a special GW! I super feel recharged and revived!

Love Love
Hello Sandwich