website has been created by two friends; one English and one
Japanese, who both enjoy the sort of things we talk about on the site.
the English one and my name is Ann. I was born on the south
coast of England in a town called Bournemouth, but have now
lived in London for a number of years. As a graduate in English literature and
history I've always always been interested in our language, countryside,
heritage and all the other subjects I have been writing about in
these pages and love to share these interests with the visitors
to our website.
the last 20 years I have been involved in the antiques business
in London, selling general antiques originally, but eventually
specializing in antiques lace and other textiles. Some of you
may have met me in Portobello Road market where I had a stall
for over 10 years or in Alfies antiques centre in Marylebone,
London, where I sold antique textiles for 8 years.
two occasions I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit
Japan and to sell my antiques in Odakyu Department store in
Shinjuku, Tokyo at one of their antiques events. Yasuko and I
have also held our own antique lace fairs in Tokyo.
In September 1999 there was also
a short article
about me in 'Mrs' magazine (number 535), in Japan.
My name is
Yasuko. I lived in Yokohama for many years but now live in
Tokyo. I've been
interested in the English language since I started learning
English at a junior high school and majored in English
linguistics at university. Immediately after
graduating from the university, I joined an information
equipment firm as an English translator of computer manuals and
business documents. Then I left the company and have since been
working as a free-lance translator.
been to England only a few times. I am not familiar with
antiques and culture and England. I would like to learn a
lot about these while making this website with Ann and
questioning her together with the readers.
been doing the tea ceremony for many years, practicing once a
week. I think knowing the tea ceremony means knowing
various aspects of Japanese culture. Now I'm personally
looking forward to seeing the difference of culture between
England and Japan.
hope you enjoy our website!