Greetings from Osaka, Japan!
As the new year approaches, Japan is getting ready for the Year of the Rat.
Japan has always been into "cute". Case in point, the ever popular Hello Kitty shown here in a rat costume as a mascot/ key fob to be hung on your cell phone. Haven't taken a poll here but it seems that everyone has some sort of mascot/charm hanging from their phone.
Here's something they never told me when I majored in textile design ages ago: That a career in textiles would lead to travels around the world, and, in my case a lot of it in Asia. For me this has been the best of all worlds. I love travel, long flights to read and think and the thrill of the hunt, whether it's sourcing new fabrics or finding great art reference. And then there's the side perks: shopping and eating!
I love all Japanese food.
Most departmaent stores have an entire floor full of not only Japanese sweets ( yum) but chocolates and goodies from all over the world.
The best way to get to and from Kansai Airport and Osaka, the Rapit train, only $13 !