Mitarashi dango is a delicious treat found in street vendors throughout Japan. Dango are balls of rice flour that take on a dumpling-like consistency when cooked. First they’re boiled and then placed on a skewer to be grilled. Once grilled, they’re covered with the sweet mitarashi sauce, which is made up of soy sauce and sugar. So simple, yet so delicious!
A woman makes Konnyaku dango, made from Konnyaku potatoes, on the street in Japan.
We love outdoor adventures. Whether you’re exploring a new city or going on a hike in your hometown, there is so much to explore and discover! Our newest arrivals are inspired by yama (mountain) style. We took a group of little citizens on an adventure to Mount Takao to shoot our catalog. Our new friends and Tea models enjoyed playing in the leaves, finding unique bugs, rocks and sticks. You’ll find some of their found treasures throughout our catalog.
Hatsuki’s original painting and Tea’s beautiful Hatsuki Graphic tee
I was so happy to meet Hatsuki Miyahara when we visited Kyoto. She was kind enough to train over from Osaka just to meet up with us. She was such a sweetheart and even with the language barrier we connected immediately. Her paintings are beautiful and elegant with cheerful layered colors. Her paintings are uniquely her own, immediately recognizable because no one else paints like she does. Yet, they still feel quintessentially Japanese.
Like many families living in urban areas, the families we met in Tokyo often leave the city on weekends or holidays, seeking fresh air. They love spending time immersed in nature. When we traveled to Japan to shoot our catalog, we knew we needed to capture the spirit of the rugged outdoors that inspired our fall styles. Taking a trip to Mount Takao was the perfect way to do so.
Have you ever seen a skateboarding dog? On our trip to Japan, we saw countless things that inspired us. But one that really sticks in our minds was an incredible (and hilarious) skateboarding dog. We saw him in a park in Tokyo and couldn’t get enough. He even inspired one of our baby boy graphic tees!
Mocchi Mocchi has long been an inspiration to our designers. Their mix of modern and traditional aesthetic and their use and love of animals, landscapes and nature is very similar to the things we are often inspired by, no matter what destination we are in. When we learned we’d be traveling to Japan for our Fall 2016 collection, we knew we had to get in contact with these lovely sisters, Sachiko and Junko. Not only did we have a chance to interview them, but we also had the opportunity to collaborate on a very special graphic tee. Learn more about Mocchi Mocchi and see the style we collaborated with them on!
We packed our bags and took #TEAONTHEROAD to Austin, Texas for the last four days of July. For what feels like years now, we’ve been throwing around the idea of a pop-up shop. We did some research and decided that Austin could be the perfect place to try out this concept. As long time fans of TOMS, we reached out and pitched the idea of setting up shop in their backyard on South Congress for a back-to-school event… you can only imagine how thrilled we hear they were on board!
So, for the first time ever, we took Tea on the road. We packed as much as we could into those four days, and man was it worth it. It was hot, we all were sweaty, but a wonderful time was had by all. From those rainy first days of set-up to the rush of customers that very first morning, #TEAONTHEROAD was full of surprises and we loved every minute of it.
Here, we share a special look at just what happened in Austin. We wish you all could have been there… And we can’t wait to hear where you think we should go next!