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Bring spring into your home with pink flower-themed Le Creuset pots and tableware!

Forget seasonal sweets and drinks. In Japan, even pots and tableware get a sakura makeover in the spring, and the results are gorgeous!

Le Creuset Japon, the Japanese branch of the well-known French cookware company, has recently released their spring “Flower Collection” line of cookware and tableware, and the beautiful flower-themed pieces are sure to brighten any kitchen and dining room.

The Flower Collection line includes some of their most popular items with a flower-themed twist in a pop yet elegant style and should be perfect for spring get-togethers and seasonal festivities like Hinamatsuri  (Girls’ Day, traditionally held on March 3). They even have a special commemorative cookware item for Le Creuset Japon’s 25th anniversary! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces in the collection.

 Tea Cup & Fleur Saucer (2,700 yen [US$24.13]):
This dainty tea-cup comes with a flower-shaped saucer and is ideal for serving Japanese-style teas like sakura or plum tea, or even jelly or pudding type desserts.

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Fleur Petal Dish Set (6,480 yen [$57.90]):
These small dishes are made in the shape of sakura flower petals. The inside surface of each dish is colored in a different shade of pink and the pieces can be arranged together to form a large flower shape.

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Stackable Ramekin Fleur Set (8,640 yen [$77.21]):
This two-tiered stackable ramekin stoneware set comes in an adorable flower shape and can be used to showcase your culinary creativity in a party setting or simply as tableware for daily meals.

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Windsor Pot with Flower-shaped Knob (25,920 yen [$231.31]):
This enameled cast iron pot is relatively small and easy to handle, and since it has depth, is ideal for cooking soup or even rice. It comes with two lovely flower-shaped knobs, one in stainless steel, and the other in heat-resistant phenolic material.

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Cocotte Fleur with Flower-shaped Knob (35,640 yen [$317.84]):
This flower-shaped casserole, also made of enameled cast iron, was a huge hit in Japan last year and it too comes with the same two types of flower-shaped knobs as the Windsor Pot above.

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▼ And here’s the big item in the collection, the Le Creuset Japon 25th Anniversary Coccote Ronde Sakura (51,840 yen [$462.10]). To commemorate Le Creuset Japon’s 25 years in Japan, they’ve come up with a special version of their popular 20 centimeter (just under 8 inches) round casserole decorated with beautiful cherry blossom illustrations. This Japan exclusive item will be available in two colors from March 16.

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Don’t all of these items make you want to start cooking or (if like this writer, cooking isn’t exactly your forte) plan a spring party?  The complete Flower Collection can be seen on Le Creuset Japon’s site if you want to check out all of the lovely products in their line-up. Sure, the items don’t come cheap, but just looking at all those pink and flowery images  should put you in a mood to anticipate spring, and of course, lots of drinking during the cherry-blossom viewing season!

Sukapara × FLiPLiPS × Nano Universe, collaboration T-shirt Limited release.

Wow that must be the longest title ever, and yeah although I agree that it’s a mouthful, I couldn’t shorten it anymore even if I tried…

Select fashion shop Nano Universe and radio station FLiPLiPS (coolest name ever) announced the sale of a T-shirt created for the upcoming of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s(Sukapara in short) concert in Kyoto on April the 15th and the 16th.

As the band’s name suggests, this is a ska band and not your average J-pop group, these boys have the musical skills to back up their game, they are not just a bunch of good looking,  fabricated by some clever agency short termers.  They have performed at concerts all around the globe and they have established themselves as a true ska band.

Back to the T-shirt..the shirt is designed by Moriya Tsutomu, designer of Ila and art director of several musical acts in Japan.

The design of the shirt is inspired by the petals of cherry blossom which are blown from the trees by strong May winds or hanafubuki as the Japanese call it(flower-storm),  which is a strong part of the love the Japanese have for these lovely pink blossomed trees. Its fleeting beauty is  as a metaphor for life itself. The Japanese take their hanami or blossom viewing season very serious and although lots of foreigners see the usual hanami parties as just an excuse to drink and be jolly, for Japanese it’s so much more…. kinda like a tulip to a cloggy.

Falling petals for the Japanese and a tulip(glass)for the Dutch

In the center of the shirt you can see Kyoto tower and as an act of selfless promotion, Kyoto Tower has announced that 100 wearers of this T-shirt will get free admission to this tower and you’ll receive a sticker in the same design as the shirt! So if you  want to visit Kyoto this year during its most beautiful season then ordering this shirt would be a no-brainer.

 

Sukapara × FLiPLiPS × Nano Universe collaboration T-shirt

This shirt is now up for pre-ordering and will be delivered in April, maybe just in time to wear to the concert and cost ¥ 3,800.

While you’re at it why don’t you ask us to send you some cheap Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra cd’s, we can get you used ones for the cheapest of the cheapest and we can even upload these cd’s for you on a private cloud account so you can listen while the cd is on its way to you….life has never been more convenient.

Serge Roso JWS