Kikuko Kimura

Outdoor living enthusiast

Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.

“I love the outdoors. Nearly every weekend, I climb mountains. If I don’t, I go camping instead. During my days off, I hardly ever stay home,” Ms. Kimura the “outdoor girl” explains. “The real thrill of outdoor activities is learning to be grateful for food, clothing, and shelter. There’s no electricity, so clothing is the only way to stay warm. When you can feel that you are alive, it gets you energized.” Colorful fashion is indispensable to this outdoor girl. Part of the outdoor spirit is trying different types of color coordination that wouldn’t occur in everyday life. In this way, the outdoor life is rather like cosplay, she jokes. Ms. Kimura thinks kawaii is “the moment when something right in front of you inspires you to imagine how you’d feel using it.” For example, very recently, when she purchased a sleeping bag for -27°C temperatures, she could imagine precisely how she could sleep in it, deep in the mountains.

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Character bento
キャラ弁
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Awamori
泡盛
Mangroves
マングローブ
Shiisaa
シーサー
Mexico
Doraemon
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Kyoto Proverbs
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
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3D LATTE ART
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GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Department store basement
デパ地下
Japanese knives
包丁
Wrapping
ラッピング
Daruma
達磨
KAISEKI
懐石
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SOBA
蕎麦
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
KARATEDO
空手
JUDO
柔道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
NOH
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
SHOGI
SHOGI