Making the Foreign Familiar in Japantown

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We love reading about the ways our customers bring Tea into their lives, not just by wearing the clothing, but giving their families the opportunities to try and learn new things. Lisa Wong Jackson, of the blog Good on Paper, (and one of our Tea Ambassadors!) recently took her little citizen, Lucas, on a trip to San Francisco’s Japantown. Here, Lisa shares their day with you!


I love the latest Tea Collection line inspired by travels to Japan. Remember Lucas and Theo rocking last season’s collection inspired by Italy and the season before that inspired by India? As a Tea Ambassador, I was asked where I would take my family if I could travel anywhere and guess where I chose? JAPAN. Yep! I was super excited when the latest collection was inspired by Japan–I love Japanese food and would probably choose it over any other kind of food to eat for the rest of my life.

What better way to kick of the Japanese inspired collection with the Mount Fuji Graphic Tee and a game of Pokemon.


I took Lucas on a day date to San Francisco’s Japantown. I hadn’t been there in years and I thought it would be a fun place to explore with Lucas and get a giant bowl of udon. Our first stop was the Kinokuniya Bookstore. With hundreds of books about art and culture, gifts, and everything Pokemon related, Lucas was in heaven. Needless to say, there was a lot of, “Mama, can I get this? How about that?” We were both a little overwhelmed so I gave Lucas a budget that he had to stick to. He spent it on a Pokemon encyclopedia, a box of Pocky sticks and a water gun. Go figure!


Lucas pairs the Robotto Graphic Tee with the French Terry Playwear Pants

There were so many little shops in the mall and so much stuff to touch! Secretly glad this video game shop with the giant Pikachu was closed.


Pocky sticks are a MUST.


A giant bowl of noodles are my comfort food. For lunch, we went to Udon Mugizo, one of the best spots in the city for hand pulled udon. This dimly lit small restaurant inside the Japantown mall was the perfect spot to take a break and recharge. Believe it or not, Lucas pretty much finished his entire bowl of noodles, tofu sheet, and fish cakes. Being a true Asian, I took the broth home. The next night I heated up the broth and added udon and some greens. Easy dinner done!

favorites-newteacollection%2fjapan%2fwww-goodonpaperdesign-8Lucas wears the Udon Graphic Tee

Head on over to Good on Paper to read more about Lisa and her family and see more of her Tea favorites from our newest collection!

You can follow along with Lisa and her family on Instagram (@good_on_paper), Twitter (@good_on_paper),
Pinterest (@goodonpaperdes) and Tumblr (hellogoodonpaper).

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5 years ago

Thank you so very much for sharing Lisa! We adopted our twin girls from Japan so love any opportunity to emerge them in the Japanese culture. We took them to the Japanese Tea Garden in SF on vacation earlier this year. It was lovely and our girls really felt peaceful there. Next time we’re back in SF we’ll certainly use your post as a guidebook! Have a lovely day.

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5 years ago

Yo yo JAPAN. 🙂
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