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Sometimes I really am taken aback by how lovely and thoughtful you all are. I've been receiving some extremely kind emails from readers who are worried I have family in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. One thing you all probably don't know about me is my sister and I are adopted and have Australian parents, so we've grown up in Australia our entire lives. I get asked quite a lot so if any of you are wondering I am half South Korean, half Japanese, which I've heard is a weird mix? I've always been obsessed with Japan ever since I can remember and funnily enough only found out in high school that my biological father was actually Japanese. Probably explains a lot then! Regardless if I have family in Japan or not, what has happened to Japan is truly upsetting and equally devastating and a part of me feels extremely connected to the people there. I've never felt more myself when I visited Japan in 2009 and shortly after was when I started Gary Pepper Vintage, so in many ways I owe a lot to their beautiful country and the confidence I found there.

When out for lunch we were given these cute little notes with different hand made origami attached to each one. I have already donated but was so moved by the time the owners of this cafe had taken to make each one of these that I thought I would share it with you.

Please show your support and donate to the Japanese Relief here.

53 comments:

  1. so cute! this picture really makes me want summer to come faster

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  2. this post is so cute. i am glad to hear your family is safe <3


    <3 steffy
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  3. The reason why some people think Korean/Japanese mix is weird because of the Korean history. During the early 1900's up until the end of WWII, Korea was under the rule of Japan and because of that, Koreans (especially the older generation) still have a lot of animosity towards the Japanese.

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  4. the food looks delicious!
    I show my full support gor the Japanese people, so tragic!
    x

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  5. You have such an interesting background. Makes me wish I had more diversity in my life. Oh and that sushi looks amazing!

    Cindy
    www.stylesouffle.blogspot.com

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  6. and you're indeed a beutiful mix..bless you

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  7. My heart is with the japanese people as well what happened is truly horrific. Anything we all can do to help we should. That sushi looks delicious btw. So thoughtful of the restaurant to give out those little notes after the meal.

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  8. really love the pictures!
    <3
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  9. That just made me SO hungry. You look beautiful as always lady :)

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  10. It is really challenging to witness this natural and nuclear disaster — but there are some things we can do. I’ve written a post here trying to get people to support the efforts to aid the people of Japan: http://blog.lookuppage.com/2011/03/do-advertisements-on-mobile-apps-improve-your-reputation.html

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  11. It is truly sad and heartwrenching about the devestation that hit Japan. It seemed as if the Japanese never got a break from nature, first the earthquake, then the tsunami. I'm glad that we have all been able to show our support and donate to those who just want to have back what we all tend to take for granted.

    P.S. Korean + Japanese makes a beautiful combination, not weird at all :)

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  12. those notes are so sweet.. i'm donating clothes to a drive for japan this week and going to a benefit concert/party - even if you can't give financially, there's something each of us can do!

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  13. It is a weird mix actually, it's the first I've heard of! Very unique!
    I've seen so many people help raise for Japan here, it's so nice to know people care! Lets all keep it up xoxo

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  14. awesome pics and the food looks so delicious!!

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  15. Oh Sushi!
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  16. This is such a lovely post. I adore what you wrote. Also those notes are such a great way to help with donations to Japan:)

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  17. It's always so nice to hear from you Nicole. I have donated and I put up a link on my facebook page to encourage other people to donate too. It's really sad what is happening in Japan.

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  18. I really feel for the people of Japan, and it's lovely that you've dedicated this post to them, and that Japan inspires you to make wonderful moves in your life.

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  19. Thanks for sharing that about yourself. Adoption is such a beautiful thing that plays a large role in my family. I'm glad to hear that the family you have is safe. I really enjoyed this post and the detail the shop owner put to support relief Japan.

    dearest,
    http://fashionnostalgia.blogspot.com/

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  20. I just went to Japan in December 2010 and was so shocked to hear about the earthquake+tsunami. I've donated as well, but I wanted to do more and that's when I decided that I'm going to donate 50% of any sale I make on my etsy shop to the Japan relief. I know that the little things we do will make a difference for those in need :)

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  21. I felt really really sad when I heard of the shocking news and still do. It's really upsetting to know that innocent children, women and men have to go through all that bad happenings.
    We can only hope that they recover fast, mentally and physically. I wish them everything beautiful in the world.
    It's great that you remind people of the unfair events of life.
    All the best,
    Emily



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  22. I was living in Japan when it all happened but now I evacuated to America. My heart was completely touched by all of the Japanese people. They do have a place in my heart and in my prayers. I can't stop thinking about what happened and the little note that you posted a picture of is great. I really hope a lot pf epople get together and help them because they are honorable, polite people.

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  23. Woah! I would have never thought you were adopted, I have no idea why. This post was just beautiful and I love these "lifestyle" pictures. Gorgeous. x

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  24. the food looks really good! and i pray for japan
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  25. Thank for the link :) Me and my mum just donated xx

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  26. p.s Do you read Fashiontoast? Rumi Neely's post about being in Japan at the time of the quake is heart breaking!

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  27. Ooo.. fellow Korean Australian!! :) Just stumbled on your blog NOW.. how slow am i?

    Gorgeous photos..! Been clicking on older posts for the past x minutes and now my thumbs numb tee hee.. xx

    itscomely.blogspot.com

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  28. Beautiful pictures and amazing post.

    My thoughts are with everyone that is involved, whether actually in Japan or having friends or family there.. such a terrible disaster. ♥

    Fox Whiskers

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  29. Wow, you have an amazing story. I'm glad you're not personally affected. However, the disaster in Japan is truly heart breaking.

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  30. Thanks for sharing your background & yes we all need to help with whatever means we can!

    http://lisapetrarca.blogspot.com/2011/03/favorite-finds-fashion-makeup-more.html

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  31. Agreed. It is heartwarming to see how and what people are putting in to help out the tsunami in Japan. Thank you for sharing! =)

    -Erin (http://keepcalmandstyleon.blogspot.com)

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  32. This has got to be the best post I've read. The owners are so kind and thoughtful!

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  33. Sargent Pepper in the baccckkgrounddd. Those handouts are cute so heartwarming!

    My thoughts also go out to those in Japan. My best friend is devastated with the news because she was scheduled to leave for Japan on her exchange program at the end of this month. unfortunately with the earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear complications her uni is reconsidering the program.

    What happen there didn't just affect Japan, but the whole world. :(

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  34. Another amazing post. I hope japan can recover from this terrifying disaster.

    Xx Annie

    http://annieviolet.blogspot.com/

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  35. you are so pretty and the food looks so yummy :)
    love your blog; visit our blog too if you like...
    xx
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    share the feeling

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  36. wow that cafe is amazing to have done such a caring and selfless act.

    The Dress Up Corner
    x

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  37. Craving some sushi now after peeping these shots

    My love and prayers go out to the japanese people at this time

    Xisses, Onyxsta
    http://say-bleurgh.blogspot.com

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  38. you are beautiful inside and out
    p.s. wonderful food x

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  39. What can I say, I'm very sad and shocked about this tragic event. All my thoughts go to Japan and its people.

    Check out my new post, I wrote for Japan!

    Dea Rose

    http://mayahasnoname.blogspot.com/

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  40. looks yummy! and you're looking gorgeous as always!

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  41. Lots of love xx

    http://themashedup.blogspot.com/
    Lydz xX

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  42. What a beautifully honest blog, and how very thoughtful of this restaurant to make such a gesture. It's these little things that matter the most!

    BTW, it's a little off topic, but is someone sporting a new lens? Those pics of the food are practically jumping off the page! The detail is phenomenal.

    xx Jo
    http://lolalovelypreadored.blogspot.com

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  43. Thank you for sharing with such beautiful honesty :)

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  44. Wow, you have a very interesting background indeed. I think its a beautiful story! <3

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  45. aww you have the same background as meee!
    <3

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  46. Sending my love and thoughts to Japan.

    In other words, love these pictures. Makes me crave sushi - I haven't had it in a very long time.

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  47. yum this food looks absolutely amazing!
    that cafe is so thoughtful & they're doing a fantastic thing.
    so much love for everyone in japan & around the world.
    ♥ ♥ ♥

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  48. Where is this that you're eating...looks delicious and the photos are so beautifully crisp and clean.

    xR

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  49. Half Korea & Half Japanese is a unique mix! Even though I've lived in SK & Japan you are the first person I've ever heard like that.

    But it's a beautiful mix xo

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  50. Yummy, where did you get the sunglasses so nice???

    xo Emma

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