HOLOHOLO biyori is a coffee bean bag brand run by Yuki Honma. All of her work is one and only. She carefully handles the material and her design brings out the best in the material. I wanted to know how she got into coffee bean bags, her thoughts on upcycling and her life around it.

Photo courtesy of HOLOHOLO biyori

She started off with telling me about her experience in Nashville, Tennessee. The reason for her move was her husband’s work. She had never lived abroad, didn’t speak English too well, and she was 37 years old at that time. At the time she was…

What made me start creating a blog series about artisans of upcycling and it’s really just a start.


I remember my mother used to say to me “mottainai”, when I accidentally drained some grains of rice along with water when rinsing the rice before cooking or when I tried to bin some of my old clothes which became out of my style but still wearable. Particularly with food she was strict. I was never allowed to leave any leftovers on my plate so I never saw food going into a bin. So I was extremely shocked when I saw people throwing their leftovers into a bin for the first time.

“We have to be thankful for being…

“Not just a recycling shop but plus something else”

Photo courtesy of STOCKPILE ecorio

STOCKPILE ecorio is an industrial waste management and upcycling company which has a warehouse size store in Oita, Japan. It was founded by Seiji Suyama while he solely ran an industrial waste management company. And he always held a feeling of “mottainai” or unsettling feeling about discarding waste that is still in a good condition.

So he established a store to give them another chance to be put to use. Although ecorio’s main job is still discarding industrial waste, he can now rescue some of the waste. He wishes that the…

“I cannot help shouting “dope!” when I see clothes that are almost not quite wearable. I think it’s a work of art!”

Photo courtesy of Tsurupika Works

Tsurupika Works started making clothes in 2016 in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The owner of Tsurupika Works (will be called “TP” onwards) used to work in stage/film set production. Though he was used to making large wooden props, he had never made clothes before. So since TP started making clothes, it’s been a journey and he continues to strive to improve his skill and create funky designs.

“As long as I pursue upcycling, I am dealing with limited resources. And we reach our goal when there is nothing to be upcycled.”

Photo courtesy of Kimono Yarn

Recra, an upcycling company which runs a project called “Kimono Yarn”, was established by Makoto Nishikawa based on the idea Seriko Fujieda came up with. Now, Fujieda runs the KimonoYarn project in Fukuoka, Japan where she works in a studio located in the corner of a sewing factory.

Fujieda’s initial idea was to make and sell ladies undergarment when she first started to look for a company who could fund her project. One company was interested…

I have been shopping for my groceries package free for some years now because buying unnecessarily packaged food makes me anxious. It makes me anxious because I have to see the packaging going into a bin and not even being recycled and that means they will most likely end up in landfill far away from me.

However, package free shopping during the pandemic made me realize one thing very clearly.

Food packaging is necessary, sometimes…

During the quarantine, I did some of my grocery shopping at a bulk buying store. They implemented their own measures to protect their staff and…

古布工房 風

Kofukoubou kaze is a refashion studio specialised in upcycling of Kimono run by a lovely couple, Mr. and Mrs. Kumami. The studio is surrounded by mountains and rice fields and located in Sanda-city, Japan. Sanada is actually my hometown so when my mother and my brother told me about the studio, I instantly built a familiar feeling towards them.

You are the only one who can discover what works for you so make sure to stay curious and be attentive to opportunities.

Photo by Moeka Yamamoto

I’ve always wanted to be able to properly meditate and I tried several times because I thought it should help my acting as well, you know, to be able to focus and be present. But the phrases I hear often in guided meditations such as “empty your mind”, “forget about what you need to do after this meditation”, “be present” but “let your mind flow” ???, they always made me do the complete opposite.

I remember when I was training at an acting conservatory, one of my acing teachers lead an exercise that sounded like a guided meditation. I was…

Dear People on Earth, by yano

International_Eco-Friendly_Almost Vegan_Actress_Free spirit following curiosity. I also write about artisans mostly from Japan who specialises in upcycling:)

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