Well Rounded goes to Japan
A dream finally come true
Last month, we packed our bags (left extra space and packed an additional bag) and jet set to one of the most wonderful and interesting places we've ever been: Japan. For 12ish days, we ate our way through Tokyo and walked the many bustling and lively neighborhoods of Shibuya, Harajuku, Roppongi, Ginza, and my personal favorite, Shimokitazawa ( a vintage lover's D R E A M ). To say we became very familiar with Tokyo's train system, would be an understatement.
We also ventured into Tokyo's first capital: Kyoto. It was there that we got to slow down and relish in traditional Japanese culture. As some of you may know, much of Well Rounded's inspiration has been rooted in Japanese design, culture, and aesthetics. We've been so lucky to partner with Japanese brands whose products resemble everything that is incredible about its culture: the craftsmanship, the dedication, the use of quality natural materials, and the authenticity they offer. When auditing what all these brands have in common, I found that they all encourage the same message: to discover those simple moments at home that bring the most joy.
Much of this echoed as we explored Japan. The etiquette of dining reflects meaningful cultural rituals. The pride people feel in the detailed work of products and services is humbling and encouraging. We couldn't help but fall in love with this wonderful place. The icing on the cake was for me to get to do what I love most: thrifting! We explored local spots around Kyoto and were lucky enough to source some incredible pieces for the shop.
Since we've been back, we've been resting at home and spending more time doing those little things we enjoy. I've been inspired to cook more often, learned the proper way to make matcha, and to dive into any activity that slows me down at home. As we all collectively take a breath from the busyness of the holiday season, we gathered our favorite Japanese objects to inspire us to slow down and savor those moments at home. Explore our favorite pieces below -