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If you’re a regular here, you know we love to hear from you…you filter the world along with us. Here’s an email from Cynthia, a bag-obsessed mom–who has given me yet another reason to save up to get ourselves to Japan.

“My family and I live in Shanghai, China, so our travels throughout Asia have given me ample opportunity to scout (and collect) bags. I prefer practical and affordable (a.k.a. “low-end”), and have been known to go “loco” in search of a bag. There was Madurai, India two years ago when I obsessed over a canvas bag that is used for delivering newspapers on bicycles. I stopped counting in the tuk tuk after the 20th stop for fear of facing my own madness. In February, I found My Perfect Bag In Kyoto, Japan. Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hampu has now reached cult status within and out of Japan. In spite of this, the shop does not export nor wholesale. The stitching, the hardware, the label that describes the location of the shop. To purchase an Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hampu bag, you must visit the shop, “behind the temple”, in Kyoto.”

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  1. Posted by: Jenny B

    Doesn’t she sound glamorous? Let’s all go meet her in Kyoto! Or Shanghai!

  2. A fellow bag-aholic! Seriously, how many bags does one need? But I’ve decided to give in to the pull of each bag that calls my name just like I’ve now learned that there’s no such thing as too many matchbox cars. You just need them all.

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