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JOURNAL DE BORD

TOKYO ・ ISSUE

VOL.06

「Impetus」

 

 - Notes to myself.

I spent exactly 14 days in Tokyo and 4 in Kyoto. I didn't make it to Osaka in time and haven't done all the things I wanted to. However this trip was fantastic in all aspects. It is probably the most rewarding voyage that I have planned since a long time and probably because I am definitely more aware of my surrounding. 

The tunnel is becoming much brighter than it was, less mist all around. 

Although the aim of this journey was to make this issue & meeting creative people that are living in town, well, it overpassed all my inner expectations... This town is filled with real & tangible energies all around. There is something special about the people, the environment, it is a perfect frame to growth. At least this is what I felt during the few days I spent wandering around. Either way I am not really trying to convince myself or even you, it is what it is. Of course, there were some though moments however, I kept focusing on being untroubled, being confident about myself and my abilities. I kept busy and held to this idea than if you are thinking in a positive way the things, the actions, people that you are meeting would follow up and will be fed by this way of thinking.

IMPETUS」: a moving force, something that makes a process or activity happen or happen more quickly.

 

 
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Pour un voyageur, la rencontre, c'est le bonheur, c'est la vie.

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Pour un voyageur, la rencontre, c'est le bonheur, c'est la vie.

When I am looking at the old issues produced, I always feel weird and I keep telling myself «Man these are not great». I always want to improve my work and even if it’s already the sixth issue, it feels like a new chapter. I need to do something different each time, trying to not copy paste things I’ve done, it wouldn’t be exciting for me as a creative person. Knowing that I need to challenge myself everyday is hard because it is a daily struggle but, once you overstep your own fears and think about what you just achieved you see that it was worth it.

With time you change and evolve. I can relate to all the things I’ve lived and experienced. You have to find the right balance, understand what is missing and what do you need to do to get some relief whilst creating.

Many things have changed since the last JOURNAL. When I am thinking about Japan,  I picture this girl you met through the Internet but unfortunately she is living on the other side of the planet, even so you are talking to her on a daily basis, exchanging things about your private life... You feel like you know her completely, her perfections and her flaws. There is no secret between you and her, a connexion.

At a young age I was attracted to Japanese culture, I learned how to draw by watching Manga, animes on TV and I borrowed some from my brother until I got enough money to buy mine. I totally became a geek, I drew all the time and I started to lie to my girlfriend just to play with my friends... Shit was insane. I don’t need to think much about it, this time I just want to breathe, let go and let things happen.

« In order to live a simple life you have to minimize the number of things you have, but doing that requires maximizing the quality of those things». 

Yvon Chouinard, Entrepreneur.

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Tamaki Niime "Take A Tour"


Please, take a tour.

Tamaki Niime "Take A Tour"


Please, take a tour.

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Friday 18 November 2016

location | Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture.                      

Another reason of my visit in Kyoto was to meet with the textile designer Tamaki Niime. Actually, I didn’t got in touch with Tamaki in the first place but with Miyoko (the sales overseas manager). However, the first encounter with Niime’s work took place in the previous issue while I was in New York two years ago. I was looking for inspiration and I came across her craft in the Nepenthes store where she had a small exhibition. Then, through all this time I was dealing with Miyoko as she speaks fluently english. I also conducted a small interview for the magazineI reached Miyoko and directly informed her of my arrival in Japan. She was more than pleased to welcome me, then in a matter of minutes she invited me to their workshop / store in Nishiwaki (Hyogo Prefecture).