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Tangible memories and old photographs

Remember my friend, Mika, from my trip to Busan? She’s organized the last two Osaka zine fairs, and of course, hand-makes beautiful zines. She recently sent me a couple, and I’m in love with the simplicity of these lo-fi, black & white zines. We’ve both back stateside now, so I think we’ll be getting together for a craft session next week!

A collection of group drawings of hand turkey

Photo of Mika by Ryoma Furutani

“Oh! kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas!
You really are beautiful! Pearls,
harmonicas, jujubes, aspirins! all
the stuff they’ve always talked about

still makes a poem a surprise!
These things are with us every day
even on beachheads and biers. They
do have meaning. They’re strong as rocks.”
– Frank O’Hara

Mika’s zine about her mother inspired me to look through my mom’s old photo albums. Isn’t she beautiful? I think many of these photos are from when she was in art school.

The view out my window

Taurin took me out to eat the most delicious Korean soft tofu soup

Fruit bingsoo with frozen yogurt

Are you on instagram? I’m collectingmaps. Let’s be friends!



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    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 am

    What creativity! πŸ˜€

    The scarf is pretty!

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      January 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks, Eileen! πŸ™‚

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        January 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        新年快樂!萬事如意! I just wanted to say happy (b-lated) lunar new year. πŸ™‚

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    January 20, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I have missed your posts already! Your friend’s zine is so lovely and that frozen yogurt is so yumm! I notice that you change your blog’s design a little bit, but I kinda miss the old one tho…

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      January 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I miss the old one, too! I thought this one would be mobile-friendly. Ah, I’ll play around with the design a bit more next week, and we’ll see how it goes. πŸ™‚

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    January 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Oh Sewon, your friends zines look so great!! And the photo’s of your mum are lovely she looks like a beautiful lady.

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      January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Aw yeah, I totally agree! P.S. I received your zine yesterday!

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    Studio Meez
    January 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Nice collection of photos, your mum is very very pretty and so are you!

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      January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you for the kind words!

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    January 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    it is always such a delight to see your photographs! πŸ™‚ i think Mika is such a gorgeous and talented lady! that little poem is so cute hehe. seeing those old photos of your mum reminded me of the ancient albums my grandma has. πŸ™‚ i love sifting through them and seeing photographs from way back when. little b&w ones that make my heart flutter. +all the food looks so scrumptious! xxx

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    Veronica Fish
    January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, I love the pics of her mom – I love the style!

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    indie belle
    January 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    gosh, that fruit bingsoo made me so hungry… πŸ˜›

    thanks for your comment! your spanish is so good! *-*


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    January 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Oh I love the old photos! And I haven’t had icecream in ages, now I want one πŸ™‚

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    January 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, I love the simplicity of the black/white zine. (Not zine-related, but in high school I remember insisting that the yearbook continue to be made in black/white…there’s just a really lovely feel to monochrome!) Mika did a good job, I hope you both have fun with a craft session! The fruit bingsoo looks so yummy, although I’m so feeling a bit cold because shaved ice is probably not good for me in the middle of winter haha. Hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    January 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Lovely pics of your mom. I love the photo of Mika too. And Yum! I love Korean Tofu soup, I was super bummed that my favorite place in NYC that has it as a specialty closed, BCD Tofu House πŸ™
    Love the zines too!

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    January 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Love your pictures!!
    Ohh you’re on instagram too! I’ll add you when bf comes back from his snowboardtrip next weekend! (he has the iphone with him…)

    Oh what a shame you couldn’t visit Budapest! Such a great city full of historical buildings and so many nice places to visit! Maybe some day you’ll get a new chance to go there!!

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    January 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Oh lovely to hear from you πŸ™‚ All your pictures are so beautiful! I love following your life, or what you can call it.
    Your mom looks very beautiful! And the drawing is so cute! πŸ™‚
    Well, I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

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    Cookie Cutter
    January 22, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Those zines make me swoon. I can imagine how fun zine fairs are!

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    Johanna Tagada
    January 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Your package arrived!!!!! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    Your mother is beautiful on those photographs, really beautiful, that’s also why you look so pretty!
    I hope to find time to write you a mail this week and also to read about Mika’s work.

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    January 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hey Sewon, lovely pictures!
    I can’t wait till May, when I get my iphone (and so I can start using instagram!).

    Do you remember about my writing project blog? I want to ‘invite’ you to join my project. Read more about it here, and let me know if you’re in! πŸ™‚

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    Claire White
    January 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Lighthouse Tofu, Grrrrrrrl

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    January 23, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I’d love to see what comes out of your possible craft session! Also I’m adding you on instagram. I’m chocopi! πŸ™‚

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    January 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sewon, could you contact me via mail or my contact form (on lastdaysofspring) so we can swap addresses? x

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    January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The mom-inspired zine is so heart-warming. I would love to do that even if just to give to my own mother to enjoy~

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    Emmie Rae
    January 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I just adore this post. It is really so beautiful! Your photos are just stunning, as always. xx

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