Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Year That Was - When Sushi Met Tokyo

Well 2007 certainly rocked the Casbah in so many more ways than I thought possible.

Bringing in the year in super fine spirits back at home in Australia certainly helped to kick the year off nicely and set a wonderful vibe that seemed to flow throughout the year. A swish birthday bash for my 30th worked wonders and was a great continuation of the holiday parties and outings. Much of January was about getting ready and steady for TOKYOMADE to get up and go go go! And boy did it ever! They say time flies when you are having fun, they ain't kidding. I am sure that part of the reason why it feels like 07 has flown by is the intense amount of fun we have been having caring for our new lil babe and the overwhelming response we have had.

Although we had been planning and daydreaming for quite sometime February was when all of dreams became a full blown reality, making way for new dreams and adventures to unfold. While sushizume took a back seat for a bit it was full speed ahead with a new blog with a whole new set of readers and friends.

March was all about decadence. We celebrated the blossoms and beautiful friends with the yummiest and possibly the pinkest cupcakes this side of Kyoto. Just looking back at them they look simply divine and we are eternally grateful to the talents efforts of our lovely friends Nick and Lindsey for a fabulous bake off that ended in a delightful river side feast.

Just when we thought it couldn't get any tastier, we were contacted by Japan's No. 1 English mag Metropolis. TOKYOMADE was a hit. Naturally I sent off copies to my ma and nan, they were proud as punch.

was all about the Earth and making connections. Tokyo began to shine and put on a spectacular performance for our highly debaucherous hanami party Shinjuku gyoen. Earth Day in Yoyogi made for a glorious end to the month.

Things starting really cooking in May with the sweet wiff of burlesque in the air as we were invited to sponsor the very glamorous Dr Sketchy's Tokyo Anti- Art School events. Lucky ducks we are. We also headed on back to our original dreaming and scheming grounds, Tokyo Design Festa, t meet up with friends and creators from all over Japan.

June was about sketching, waxing, drooling, hair cuts, umbrellas and TM featured in N.E.E.T magazine.

July shattered all past records and became the month of complete newness. Had I have known that a big plastic ring could bring about so much elation and change, both physically and emotionally I would have picked it up a lot sooner. Masao was Prime Minister for a day sharing his gorgeousness with Gala and Carnival came to Dr Sketchy's Tokyo. Being a Broad, an inspirational community for women in Japan wrote a wonderful review in their July issue. I reminisced about Paris and TM was splashed on billboards all over Shibuya. Oh yeah, and I became slightly addicted to Facebook.

Mama Mia came to Tokyo in August and we sock shopped the month away, with a quick trip to super serene Nikko. Big fun. Lots of pics, snacks and tired toes. I got the best surprise pressie of all, a cotton candy colored Hula Hoop, my mummy spoils me so. We spent a day in the gorgeous (sweltering) summer sun celebrating the Tokyo Pride day and I learned that wearing a pink wig, red dress and dancing well into the night surrounded by stunning drag queens can only end in one way...slumped in a karaoke box couch, drooling on a microphone, slurring Tina Turner songs with your mother, not so charming. My mum also become a Geisha and stunned us all with her beauty.

was all about hoops, cocktails and chandeliers. My love for all three continued to intensify. We rejoiced upon discovering that our humble abode was fit for funky parties and fabulous friends. As schedules became impossible to match up I took to the streets and hooped whenever I had a free moment. Studying from youtube and DVDs I began to develop my own style and hoop dreams began to sprout. More to come in 2008...

Looking back October was basically one big party, no wonder I can't remember much of it (a shame really cos the pics make it look like a whole lot of fun) Giveaways, Art Shows, birthdays, wild goose chases, karaoke, opera, sketching and Halloween all packed into one short and fun-filled month.

gave us the opportunity to be a part of Asia's biggest Art Show, Design Festa. A flurry of plans, ideas, packing, constructing, painting, nuts and bolts, shipping and two great days of friends new and old. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

has been all about celebrating the successes of the year and setting wheels in motion for the new one.

It has been such a wonderful year and we have so many truly beautiful, talented and loving people to thank for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for your support, your comments, ideas and well wishes, thank you for thinking me into your life.

We have amazing plans for 2008. Our goals are set, venues booked and plane tickets to think about. Wishing you all a friggin splendid end to an intense year, set your sights high for 2008 because it is going to be a wild one! Nothing but the best to you, may all your hopes and dreams come true!

Big love and sweet dreams


Blogger gilda said...


what a fruitful year 2007 was for you!! i didn't know tokyomade was only built in a year! that's amazing. you should be so proud of yourself. i hope 2008 would be an even greater year. take care!

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