What we finally did after celebrating our 2nd anniversary: ​​The colors of Nishi-Ogikubo

Many times I thought it was wonderful to open a small atelier and shop in Nishi-Ogikubo. NONA has been helped by various people in Nishi-Ogikubo since its inception.

Thanks to various connections, we were able to celebrate our 2nd anniversary since we started at our current location.

Thank you everyone.

At NONA, we aim to do work that is possible because we are a small shop, and I am truly grateful to have so many good seniors nearby. It's no longer about running a shop and making money, or continuing or not, but I feel that the ``business'' resides in the small shop in Nishi-Ogikubo, and I am grateful for that, as if I were ``living''. I'm starting to think that I should take care of the shop I started in Ogikubo as if I were holding my own child.

At NONA, we want to dye our products as much as possible with plants and materials that have been thrown away, fallen, or grown in distaste. People who sympathize with this idea often bring it to us after pruning their gardens. It is thanks to all of you that we have been able to continue dyeing with plants in the metropolis of Tokyo.


Providing materials to express gratitude for finally being able to celebrate our 2nd anniversary

My neighbors in Nishi-Ogikubo are throwing away their avocado and onion skins, so they deliver them to me almost every day, and I give them to my students when they stop by to eat. ” and “onion skin” by Delicafe KIKU .

Because of our connection with KIKU, our neighbor Oiwa Shokudo, a South Indian curry restaurant , uses onions every day! And again, the Oiwa family always brings us beautifully dried basmati rice in cute Indian bags.

I never threw away onion skins myself, so I started dyeing my onion skins in the kitchen. The range of colors that can be extracted from this excellent dyeing material is limitless, and if I were to try to control it, I would end up bowing down to the infinite power of the onion skin, so I rely on the onions to give me the colors. . A lot of really beautiful things.

It's true that this year marks our 2nd anniversary, and it's true that we've rushed by with no time to reflect, but we believe that what NONA should do is convey our gratitude, so we've spent several times more time than usual working on Akane Japan's project. In addition to the ``2023 Akane Tsuzura'' that we prepared, we have decided to dye with ``onions'' to the people of Deli Cafe KIKU and Oiwa Shokudo who have not yet been able to express their gratitude!

Colors of Heiwa Dori, Nishi-Ogikubo

The project to express our gratitude to Deli Cafe KIKU and Oiwa Shokudo was led by our NONA dyer, Mr. Rikuo , and we spent many days using a large amount of onion skins that we had saved up as materials entrusted to us by everyone. I dyed it separately. Coincidentally, they both requested the same khaki green color, so when they were dyed to look like the Heiwa Dori uniforms and drying, the store looked like a military specialty store, which was cool. I was able to get a really nice color from the onion skins. All the photos are also Rikuro's work. The most appealing thing about vegetable dyeing is that you can upcycle clothes, breathe new life into them using familiar materials, and be environmentally friendly.

I am always grateful for your help! ! !

Delicafe KIKU in Nishi-Oginan, the essence of “Deli”

After learning about KIKU, I began to think of deli as something special in everyday life. Both Rina-san and Shige-chan dyed onions and they look good together! ! Before I knew it, I was in NONA's front room? dressing room? I want to go to NONA and eat at KIKU! It has become a tourist attraction on Heiwa Dori, so much so that even students from far away whisper. I usually can't go when I'm busy with work, so when I can go for the first time in a while, it's a special time in my daily life. I often just relax and laze around. Feel the change of the year at our seasonal deli. Sunday breakfast and Saturday market are full of fun events. We also have cooking classes and wine parties. Ladies and gentlemen, please come!

Oiwa Shokudo offers a taste of "South India" in Nishi-Ogikubo Curry Town

Actually, I love India and have been to India even when I was an office worker, but only in South India! I love South Indian curry, which is served on a banana peel in rice-eating areas of India. Of course, I've been coming to eat Oiwa Shokudo's curry since before they opened their restaurant in Nishi-Ogikubo. The exquisite blend of quality ingredients and spices makes this Chinese medicine edible. Medicinal dishes. Your body will be healthy. On top of that, Oiwa Shokudo ADD ON, which has a lighter Japanese taste, is added to create a curry that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Please stop by when you come to Nishi-Ogikubo. Our store is located in the Nishi-Ogikubo arcade ``My Road,'' which is convenient when it rains. I love this parent-child photo. The charm of this wonderful family is overflowing.

Thanks to you, NONA's third year has begun. The other day, I went on my first staff training trip, and during that time I started making plans for the second half of 2023. We are starting to receive offers for work in 2024, and although we are a small company, we are planning to take on challenges one step at a time by leveraging the individuality of our staff.

To my seniors at Nishi-Ogikubo and to everyone reading this blog, I appreciate your continued support.