One Year of Japonisme

Time has flown by – I can’t believe it’s been a year since Japonisme was published.

It’s now in over twelve languages, and I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities it’s brought me so far! Things have changed so much that I’ve been lapsing in sharing and posting on Island Bell, but there are some exciting life transitions waiting for me – new adventures and places to explore, so I’ll be sharing them here, too.

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As always, I’m on Instagram (@ErinNiimi), Twitter (@ErinNiimi). For those of you who have reached out, shared your thoughts, given your comments – thank you. I’m so lucky.

I Wrote A Book!

I started a blog about five years ago.

I was inspired by a job I had at the time, working to create content on behalf of clients. The appeal of having my own place where I could share the images that I wanted, and write the copy that I wanted, was what lead me to start it in the first place.

I didn’t actually think anyone would read it.

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Starting Island Bell easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve been able to pursue and combine so many of my passions; I’ve met some incredible people; and I’ve even been lucky enough to get some amazing opportunities and experiences out of it.

In September of last year, I was contacted by HarperCollins about a possible commission. The last few months have definitely been some of the busiest (and most surreal) of my life – and now I’m really excited and proud to share that my book is coming out on the 19th of April.

Japonisme is a lifestyle book inspired by my upbringing, and aspects of Japanese culture that I love so much – ikebana, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and (of course) lots of food. I’ll be sharing more from it over the coming months, but in the meantime you can pre-order it on Amazon here!

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I’m incredibly proud of it, and can’t wait to share it. The illustrations by Ryo Takemasa are incredibly beautiful, and it was an honour to work with Nassima Rothacker, who has worked with some of my favourite chefs on their books – her photos are amazing. The team at HarperCollins have been absolutely incredible, and I feel so incredibly lucky.

I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to stop pinching myself over this!

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Photo Credit: Nassima Rothacker