Well the first damn is because I missed out on going to the 2004 Ondori Knit Festa in Shimokitazawa yesterday. My dear friend, Frangipani had free tickets and all - otherwise it cost 4000 yen. As you knitters will know Ondori is Japan's premier knit/craft magazine company. The fashion parade was at 11:30am and I just couldn't take a sickie and I have run out of paid holidays - new ones begin next Monday - what bad timing. Frangipani says about the show - there were some absolutely breathtaking designs and yarns - double damn!!
The second damn is because the food at Las Chicas in Omotesando last night was pretty terrible actually, not even average, and the service was even worse. Chris, Jen and I headed there for a mini SNB to stake out a new location for the Tokyo SNB when the Pink Cow is not available. At first I thought it might be a very nice location - convenient, outdoor seating, 'gaijin' friendly, but the staff were cold, unfriendly, and inefficient, and the food was truly disappointing.
The third damn is a good one! 'Daaaaamn, this shop is fabulous' kind of damn. Attention crafty girls in Tokyo or visiting Tokyo or planning to visit Tokyo - go to La Droguerie in Harajuku!! La Droguerie is a Paris-based store with a branch here in Tokyo (and one in Ikspiari Disney Sea in Chiba according to Jen). When you enter the store, you will be greeted by ribbon, beads, buttons and yarn in bright, beautiful colours. The yarn is hanging all over the dark wood walls and looked so tempting. They had a bunch of felt bag kits that were 100% cute albeit expensive, and a ton of jewellery that could make you cry it's so pretty!! I was tempted to by a beautiful butterfuly ornament for my hair, but I restrained myself. It's the kind of place you visit and see two young Japanese female store attendants (early 20s) standing behind the counter knitting complicated fair aisle patterns while standing. Very impressed. Didn't take any photos so you'll just have to visit the store yourself. There are also two branches in Kyoto if you find yourself there.
nearest stations: Omotesando/Harajuku