There’s one problem with shopping at the chiyogami store in Yanaka – in a matter of minutes, my shopping basket was stacked with ten times the number of sheets I came for, and all of them were whispering, “Frame me!” Even though the paper isn’t expensive, I knew when I got home I wouldn’t be able to bear cutting up and sticking a piece of tape on any of them. In fact, I wasn’t sure I could give them away.
This store’s designs are so wonderful, Van Gogh immortalized one of them in a painting. If you ask, the cashier will show you a book with a picture of the painting, and sure enough, the paper in the background is recognizable as one that they still sell in the store today! I guess Van Gogh had the same problem.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!