It's a bizarre sort of place, but very enjoyable and friendly and I'm glad there's one not too far away to visit occasionally.
I found the above goodies in the bookstore.
- A new watercolor brush that holds water in the handle, very handy for travel. (And hard to explain to Chinese airport security guards, whoops)
- A new kind of origami paper, which I like to use in collages since I'm pretty awful at origami.
- The beautiful red fabric is an official Furoshiki, a cloth that is used (and re-used) for wrapping gifts. I've been doing my own half-assed version of this when I give presents, especially to quilting friends, but I thought it would be fun to try it with a real one. Who will be the lucky giftee has not yet be decided but the red and the almost polka-dots is a pretty big hint I'd say.
As I'm on a non-Nook-book diet, I had to put back several crafting, paper, Japanese clothing, knitting (whywhywhy, I don't knit) and art books.