On Monday I turned 38, so over the weekend I indulged in a little birthday shopping for myself by heading out to Mitsuwa and the Sanseido Book Store with the family. They didn't have Cotton Time in stock (one of my favorite Japanese craft magazines) but I did find a nice selection of paper crafting books which included origami and these excellent paper cutting books. . .
I couldn't resist the mix of modern and traditional designs in this first book (ISBN978-4-277-75344-9). I especially love these graphic leaves, but there are some cute animal silhouettes, garden scenes and much more.
The next book (ISBN978-4-569-69235-7) has a lot of fun ideas too, but it was these flowers that really drew me in.
Of course I had to pick up some Japanese chocolate while I was there. I'm curious about the Lotte Matcha Chocolate -- although one of the ingredients is a bit strange -- bayberry extract? And that KitKat bar is chestnut flavor -- should be interesting. (Look for reviews of these in the future over at the Chocolate Blog!)