I love visiting different yarn shop wherever I go. This time, since our schedule was just too busy, I was only able to go to one shop (actually there were 2 shops next to each other).
The nearest Japanese yarn store from where we were staying was in Shibuya Seibu department store.
I was only allowed to take photos outside of the store but there were loads of nice yarn, buttons, ribbons etc. Patterns were generally quite simple I thought but they all had a particular “style” which was nice.
I asked the shop person if I could take a photo and she kindly told me that it was OK.
I really wanted to explore more Japanese knitting while I was there but the time was so limited. Next time I will make sure to spend all day visiting various shops there.
Another thing about Japan was that there were so many stray cats everywhere! The weather is warm, there is not many animal welfare organisations like Cat Protection and pet insurance is relatively new thing in Japan. All these things, I think, results in high number of un-neutered cats – and it just becomes a snowball effect.
My sister’s neighbour was planning to rescue the whole family of cat above but she said that it’s just a tip of the iceberg. The worst one was when Wesley and I went for a 5 minutes walk and we found 4 kittens high up in different trees. The local people were saying that they have been there for 2 days and reckons that the mum cat was attacked by a wild animal (a stray dot (another problem) or a racoon) and kittens climb up the tree as high as possible.
… so what did we do? We rescued them! (took several hours to rescue all 4 of them and we ended up calling fire brigade with the local residents). Kindly my eldest sister looked after them while looking for a new owner. My sister took one of them, 2 found new owners. We have one left…
He has been vaccinated and clear from any infections and parasites. He is really good with other cats and is very playful. I am so praying that he will find the kindest owner that would love him to bits…