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Japantown // Ichi Ban Kan

Ever since washi tape found a way into my heart, my love for all things Japanese has intensely grown. To be honest, I've never paid much attention to any Asain culture's designs/crafts, etc. My love for everything French overtook it. But now, I'm really loving Japanese design and I'm learning lots about it. While I was in San Francisco, Kirsten and I made a quick detour to Japantown to check out a few of the stores. I had never been to them before. Ichi Ban Kan is basically a "dollar store" except everything is $1.50. That's right, everything in these photos are only a $1.50! I was on the search for washi tape, but I found paper tape. It's a little different because it's made out of a stiffer paper then washi paper. It's not transparent and it is more shiny. However there are some amazing patterns! 

I'm also really enjoying playing around with Origami. I love how these little boxes are perfect for holding tape! 

What do you love most about Japanese crafts/design?

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