Sofubi

Until I saw this article in the Japan Times, I didn’t know anything about Japanese soft vinyl toys called sofubi. They’re sought after collectibles and when I went to eBay.com, the good ones cost $80 to $100 or more. according to the Japan Times, some cost up to $1000.

I can see that they’re an art form, but the price is hard to accept.

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Sepia Saturday

The Family Car : Unknown Subjects and Location (Isobel Wales Collection)

Sepia Saturday offers weekly prompts to inspire bloggers. This week the above photo inspired me to find car wash and old car photos.

To see more of these photos, click here.

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Deseronto Archives, 1976 | Flickr Commons

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Toy Car Factory circa 1909 | LLGCNLW, Flickr Commons

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Australia War Memorial, 1944 | Flickr Commons

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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Some tiny appetizers, tiny desserts and a tiny teddy bear that the Sofitel surprised me with.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

Hello There

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The ever popular Hello Kitty beckons shoppers to this jewelry shop. She reminds me of a story I heard. A colleague worked with a woman in her late 20s who surrounded herself with Hello Kitty toys and images. Finally, the man had to ask. “What’s up with all the Hello Kitty paraphernalia?”

The woman explained, “She’s such a good role model.”

Huh? Hello Kitty does and says nothing.