1 June 2010

sparkly japan!


We have just returned from our voyage to Japan, and I am so pleased to have survived the plane as I'm scared out of my pants of flying!! So after 12 hours of believing my death was imminent, we arrived at Nao's parents home...my first time to visit his family, and go to his sister Kaoru's wedding. It was amazing and I was made to feel very welcome indeed! (more to come about this later!)



after a few days staying in Nao's hometown, we made the trip down to Kyoto, stopping at Tokyo over night. This beautiful temple is covered in real gold!


I was mean't to show you a photo of me in a kimono, but in the end I wore vintage 1920s dress instead (more appropriate me thinks!) so here are some real kimono wearing ladies!


Kyoto is a truly magical place with so much history it takes your breath away! Its lovely at night too.


in total, I took 1400 photos!


the gardens are incredible, so green and mossy and with this light creeping through the maple trees.


we climbed up to the top of a small mountain and found this wonderful view looking down on a river with little fishing huts on stilts! We felt very peaceful indeed and spent a fair while oohing and ah-ring at the tranquillity of it all...


luckily i took this snap of Nao, totally oblivious of what he was looking at...


It was a ring!! and he asked me to marry him, and of course I say Yeah OK!

{sorry picture removed! Nao couldn't look at it due to cheesyness!!}

uurgggh! too much romantico - I'm sure you are thinking...but don't worry there's no more smooching photos coming!


after that life changing interval, we carried on wondering around in a bit of a daze!


it seemed we were not the only ones! I took some sneaky photos of this cool looking couple.


the rest of the trip I spent looking at my ring every 2 minuets! 


he made it himself (usually we ask Des - a professional mounter to make all our diamond rings designs) I was so impressed as it is perfect and not easy to make.
It is made of platinum with a Rose-cut diamond with an old fashioned cut down setting. I never thought I'd ever own a diamond ring...I might have to start looking a bit smarter!!


after Kyoto, we returned to Tokyo for a bit to catch up with some friends and visit our RUST shop.
We were lucky to catch sight of lots of men in their underpants (sorry no photo of the trouser-less men sadly) swaying a huge golden thing...they all looked very drunk and merry!


We  broke the news to our friends and we had dinner with the staff who work in our shop, and the waiters surprised us with this!

It was a wonderful trip indeed (except the plane of course) and I met lots of lovely people who were all very kind to me...arigatou gozaimashita! XXX


p.s. I uploaded lots more photos on my Flickr page, click here!

54 comments:

  1. CONGRATS!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful holiday and good news!!

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  2. Congratulations! Your ring is beautiful. So are the photos :)

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  3. Absolutely breathtaking photos - and congratulations on your engagement - i can't believe he made he made the ring himself. So so romantic. .. ! ck :) x

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  4. Artemis, BIG CONGRATULATION to you BOTH!!! I am so happy for you!!! Kisses and Hugs!
    Kasia, Yoshi and Leon
    xxxxxxx

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  5. Congratulations and your ring is gorgeous and so very special that he made it for you himself :)

    Your trip looks amazing and of course never to be forgotten xx

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  6. Ooh, congratulations - there's nothing like a wedding to bring a lurker out of the shadows!
    Loving the photos - been wanting to head to Japan for a while, it looks wonderful.
    Congrats again - gorgeous ring!

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  7. Superb photographs, fab ring, congratulations to you both.

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  8. Congratulation! Thanks for sharing your exciting news and lovely photos with us! Much love, Amanda xxx

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  9. Congratulations, the ring is divine, can't wait until your shop opens in London. Love the photos of your trip and love your blog.

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  10. Oh what wonderful news - congratulations to both of you!
    I enjoyed all these photos so much, brilliant stuff!

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  11. Oh, congratulations! Such lovely news - so exciting! Never mind about dressing smarter now you have a beautiful diamond ring on your finger: I certainly didn't when I got engaged! :-)

    We went to Tokyo and Kyoto in January too - it's an amazing and beautiful place and your photos are beautiful.

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  12. It's all very beautiful: the proposal, the magical surrounding, the ring and of course you two!
    Congratulations for everything and lots of happiness.
    ^.^

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  13. Congratulations!!! What a beautiful ring, you lucky thing! I have to say diamonds definitely bring joy... I had to wait until my first baby was born (5yrs after we got married) to get mine but I look at it every day and love it. A x

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  14. congratulations! Such a beautiful ring, and gorgeous photos, you must have ahd such a wonderful time :)

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  15. What a romantic setting for a proposal and such a wonderful ring! Congratulations.

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  16. Congratualtions!

    I am inspired every time you add a blog entry! Travel, vintage finds, workshop in the white shed, meadow picnics - lovely!

    Enjoy your engagement.

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  17. AAAArrrrrhhhh! Congratulations! I was scrolling down your post and literally gasped! hurrah! Happy engagement to you!

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  18. You make a very lovely couple and I wish you much happiness.
    Amazing pics
    I really really really want to go up a mountain in Japan too...it looks so tranquil
    {*}

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  19. Ahhhh! Congrats, many times! How wonderful! The ring is simply gorgeous, and how amazing was it to have been in such a lovely country to receive it! Many good tidings to you two!

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  20. Megan Del1.6.10

    Congrats to Artemis and Nao! What a beautiful place to become engaged. I wish you both every happiness, you seem like uber nice people. With great taste.

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  21. Congratulations, fantastic news!

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  22. Oh, wow, I was just going to dare and write I'm a total fan of your blog but I guess I'll just skip this part and send a big bunch of congratulations :) Beautiful ring!

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  23. Congrats and all the very best on getting engaged.

    I've missed your blogging while you've been away and shall be taking a sneaky peak or two at your flickr pics!

    Caro

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  24. Congrats! A man of exquisite taste in jewels and of course you! xxx

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  25. Oh my goodness, congratulations! I wondered how Japan was sparkly! Beautiful ring (of course.)

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  26. Congratulations!

    My husband proposed to me in Kyoto - in the Ryoan-ji Zen Garden!

    Gorgeous ring.

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  27. Ah wow! Congratulations to you both! :)

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  28. oh my, SO exciting !! wowowow. ee so happy for you :)) xox

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  29. hi! I just started reading your blog recently, and I think the things you do are lovely! Just want to say congratulations on your engagement, so sweet, and the ring is gorgeous, perfect for you. All the best from australia!

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  30. OH!!!!! Congratulations to you both! How exciting! Such lovely news!!!

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  31. Wow! Congratulation! Such a beautiful ring! Good Luck for the future!

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  32. Congratulations!! Wonderful news. And such beautiful photos, I'm going to Japan in October and it got me excited all over again.

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  33. Congratulations Artemis and Nao!

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  34. Congratulations to you both! I love the shot of Nao "just checking" before he popped the question.

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  35. Dear Artemis, Congratulations and congratulations to Nao also. The ring is lovely.

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  36. "Congratulations On Marriage" indeed. I love how you just slip that into the tale, and now I just am so keen to see that deleted pic. Cheesiness is good. Bless.

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  37. Congratulations! Looks like an amazing trip and what a beautiful setting to get engaged in :-)

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  38. Congratulations! Such a happy story, even without the engagement bonus, with beautiful images to match. I hope the cheesy pic is on Flickr :)

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  39. Wow! Just stumbled upon your blog and will definately follow! Congratulations....how romantic! I love the glimpse of your life in London and Japan.... I also make modern vintage jewelry using vintage treasures.... I have an etsy site called didio
    Glad I found you!
    XO Jill

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  40. Anonymous2.6.10

    Wow, congratulations! But we all are real interested now to see that photo. We want cheesy pic back!

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  41. Anonymous2.6.10

    lovely ring, lovely news, congrats.

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  42. Congratulations to you both! And yes, your ring is lovely!

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  43. so exciting! congratulations - you are the second blogger i love who has got engaged in the past two weeks! just wonderful!

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  44. Oh...such a romantic man you have!
    Congratulations and enjoy the pre-marriage fun. ;)
    The pictures are stunning and so is the ring. Lucky girl!
    PS....I voted for your shed.

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  45. Congratulations! You two are the most adorable couple. Thanks for all that you share...it's so fun to travel along with you.

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  46. see, i knew it! done with great style and aplomb as ever. congratulations!

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  47. Oh hooray! What lovely news! Congratulations :)

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  48. Savitha2.6.10

    Congratulations! Your ring is beautiful.

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  49. Congratulations! And what a beautiful ring, made all the more precious because your man made it for you.
    I join you in your fear of flying. I always see it as my last day on earth. I'm not a traveller. I don't have that wonderlust that needs to explore other corners of the planet, but I DO have one or two places I'd like to visit in my life and one of them is Japan. I lost a very dear friend to cancer last year. We'd known each other for 33 years and she was from Japan. I think that's why my fascination for the country grew. Your photos show me why I must go and see it for myself. I'm particularly taken with the photos of the tall green bamboo-type trees - it looks magical. Are they bamboo or something different?
    Thanks for the beautiful photos. xx

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  50. Congratulations and such beautiful pictures. How sweet that he did it in Japan when you met all his family.
    Hate flying - Valium is the only way ....

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  51. Linday4.6.10

    Congratulations to you both - i feel so happy for you although i don't even know you! I love your blog - it's such a source of inspiration. Your ring is beautiful, you lucky girl! Wishing you both much happiness.

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  52. Congratulations!! Your blog is an endless source of inspiration. Beautiful photos of Japan. I look forward to reading about your wedding plans.

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  53. Gosh that is so exciting! Congratulations and enjoy!! xLx

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  54. Congratulations!!! How beautiful and romantic and what a lucky girl you are :) I'm a bit behind the times here, you've posted about a million posts since your announcement so please excuse the delay! Good luck on the shed front too...

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