Yanesen stands for Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi. It's a district in Bunkyo ward in Tokyo where you'll find old shops, temples and cafes that still feel very much like Showa era. These photos were taken with Vivitar IC101 Panorama, using expired Fuji Venus 800
So! Let me tell you about my Shih-Tzu pack, they're always around in The Shophouse. I can't imagine life without the pack, I think it would be so boring. So let me introduce to you one by one:
She's the alpha. Marie-Chan was born in 2009, she's been with me even before I was married. She's like my sidekick, such a cool dog. I love walking with her, when she walks, she walks confidently. Her presence will definitely make you feel confident. Since she's the head of the pack, sometimes she can be very pushy - she wants things to go her way! I used to look her in the eye until she looks away, making sure she knows I'm the boss.
Logan was also born in 2009 but actually he's the oldest. Logan is such a sweetheart, an introverted softie. At some point around 2012 he gradually lost his sight because of ulcer. But his other senses are very good, that you won't believe that he can't see. He's also very sensitive, he knows if you are down or sick and will stay right next to you, making sure he's by your side.
Chiro is our teacup-sized Beta dog, born in 2012. She's one of Marie-Chan & Logan's first litter. Everything is actually wrong with Chiro! She's teacup, her eyes are kind of misaligned , she snorts a lot, her teeth is messy, kinda like Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. But Chiro is very smart (can be very tricky most of the times!), she's definitely the cutest ugly dog ever.
She's one of Marie-Chan & Logan's 3rd litter. Named after Naomi Dame, one of The 1984's art director. In 2014 around the time Namoi was born, Naomi left The 1984 to continue her study in Tokyo. When I was about to give each pups the name, Jona said she would be called Namoi, anagram from Naomi. Namoi is my husband's favourite, she's quite a troublemaker but very affectionate. Actually, I must say Namoi is quite an attention whore :D
His real name is actually Anbro, he's Namoi's littermate. Anbro is a pun from Andro, who also worked as art director at The 1984. He went to study in Tokyo together with Naomi so of course one of our pups should have his name! Bro is a really calm little dog, similar like Logan. He barely barks and his favourite pastime is watching TV alongside my husband.
Naughty Pat Pat is one curious little creature. She loves messing around with waste bins and dirty laundries, I have a feeling that she has a strong hunting instinct. Pat Pat is also Namoi & Bro's litter mate. Her features are very similar to Logan except with longer nose. Somehow, Pat Pat hates big guys with built body.
Jamban a.k.a Andro, also named after Andro our art director. The last one born out of the litter, he's a happy little dog. Jamban has a very extroverted personality, and he especially loves the kids. Everybody here at The Shophouse loves Jamban's features which is small, rounded, and fluffy.
Patpat's daughter, the smallest member of the pack. A bit of an attention whore. Beyonce really is too small even for her age, but she's very active and alert. A big fan of Namoi, she always tails her around everywhere.
A lovely corner in Spui/Central. Gotta love their collection of english fictions, though I think if you speak Dutch, you'll get more diverse range of collection. I love how they arrange the coffee table books on the mezzanine on top floor, the photography books are just fascinating. They have another shop next door specialising in magazines. While you're there, don't forget to cross the street around the corner you will find another bookstore, American Book Club.
Not a big fan of Dam Square area. But Scheltema is a fascinating five storey bookstore, and a great place if you want some peace from the crowd outside. They have a floor dedicated to just second hand books.
Stedelijk museum shop
Great place to look for design/art books, gotta say their collection is overwhelming! At the moment I'm visiting, they're exhibiting The Best Dutch Book Designs. The books displayed on the exhibition are also available to buy at the museum shop. I bought this storybook Schobbejacques en de 7 Geiten by Merlijne Marell, which is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous book spine and binding.
Herenstraat is a lovely street especially under fine sunny weather. While you're there, don't miss this small vintage bookshop. They have truly wonderful secondhand children's book collection, and the shopkeeper (or perhaps owner?) is very informative.
Boekhandel Robert Premsela
Located in Van Baerlestraat, right accross The Stedelijk. They specialise in art/design/photography books. I went there right after Stedelijk, already with books on my hand so at that time I did not shop anymore books. But, their collections are very interesting, for me I'm especially interested in their fine art collections.
Me and my husband would've spent at least an hour in this small shop! Too bad we came there at about 5.30, and they're closing at 6. Bookie Wookie has amazing collection of zines and independently published books, which are really obscure sometimes but overall very charming.
Also specialising in art books, one of the places to go to if you're interested in collecting art/lifestyle books. The shop interior is wonderfully designed, really works hand in hand with all the books as the main object. Mendo is located just opposite of Bookie Wookie. If I'm not mistaken, they also have another store in London.
My version of course! Because, the title belongs to our kitchen in the apartment. This is my first ever proper kitchen.
Before this, I barely know how to cook. When we move to 1Park, my husband planned the whole kitchen/pantry setup. Since then, I enjoy cooking so much.
Another favourite house chore of mine is laundering and ironing/steaming the clothes. I love my washing machine so much, I find it very entertaining setting it up before every wash.
My name is Irawandhani Kamarga, you can call me Wanda for short. I live in Jakarta, blogging mostly about daily life with The 1984, Jalan Kenangan, Binatang Press!, my dogs, and my travels. Here's more about me