Showing posts with label Japantown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japantown. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

This Weekend, Dragon Fest 2013 in the ID!

Saturday, July 13 from 12 - 8
and Sunday, July 14 from 12 - 6

Come down to the International District for culture, food, drinks
and fun including Dragon and Lion Dances, break dancing, taiko drumming, kabuki, anime costume contests, arts and crafts and more. Events and activities include:

$2 Food Walk, Saturday and Sunday. Bring your appetite! This is
a great (and inexpensive) way to explore new restaurants. Due to previous success, the food walk includes 11 new restaurants. The parking lot of the old Uwajimaya location with have a great assortment of food trucks as well (although these are not a part of the $2 Food Walk).

$2 “Double Happiness Hour,” Saturday 4 - 9. Sample boozy delights and get acquainted with new bars. If that isn’t enough to slake your thirst, there will also be a traditional Japanese beer and sake bar.

Saturday night will bring the “International Dance Party” beneath the Chinatown Gate on South King Street. From 8 until midnight you can dance to the tunes that DJ Richard Dalton will be spinning as well as get a free dance lesson from the Massive Monkees. All ages welcome.

For more specific information, get online:

See you this weekend!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Good Stud Is Hard to Find!

Why are hand-crafted, artful stud earrings so difficult to find?
Search for studs no more — Momo has just received a fresh batch
of delightfully creative stud earrings from Contagious of Nashville. Contagious’ (aka Ruth Zelanski) jewelry is inspired by science and nature — everything from the beautiful and bizarre Acetabularia
to molecules and mold.

Here’s a small sample of what we have!

Claws. Rowr!
Tiny sterling leaves

“Segmentation” studs

Monday, October 29, 2012

Baby, It’s (Almost) Cold Outside

Momo has begun to receive winter jackets and scarves just in time for the rain, wind and chilly evenings.

Spiewak jackets are among some of our new arrivals. Spiewak is a Brooklyn-based, family owned company that has been producing uniforms (for firemen, police and EMTs) since 1904. In more recent times they’ve branched out to include edgy, stylish and durable streetwear/outerwear for both men and women.

The “Warren”: quilted down but tailored through the waist (nice for those of us who don’t want to resemble the StayPuff Marshmallow Man!), it also has some fabulous details like snapback extended cuffs and a cozy hood. Available in a rich, subtle olive.
Spiewak’s “Warren” quilted down jacket.

The “Beeson” is perfect for the months of drizzle that constitute the Seattle winter. It is waterproof, has a hidden inside drawstring waist and a detachable hood. Fun fillips include a gun flap at the shoulder and a droptail hem, all in a rich navy hue.

Spiewak “Beeson” has a removable hood and structured collar.

Thick, cozy, simple: perfect unisex scarf.
Scarves! Scarves are a wonderful multipurpose accessory, keeping your neck toasty warm AND giving you an opportunity to add a splash of color or texture. And we have a wide variety of weights, colors and materials (cashmere, cashmere/wool, cashmere/wool/silk blends). Come and get cozy at Momo!
Lovely and whimsical wool/cashmere/silk blend.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Momo Goes Mobile with Instant Gratification!

Join us for a spontaneous style mixer,
presented by Studio 904 and Momo

Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Studio 904 on Mercer Island
3041 78th Avenue SE with plenty of parking
$10 Admission, RSVP requested: 206.232.3393

Enjoy sips and snacks as we share easy tips for instantly updating your locks and looks while still feeling comfortably yourself. Men, you’re welcome to come along, too. Summer is here soon, what are you waiting for?

The evening is a benefit for Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that assists women in need with interview appropriate clothing. The $10 admission fee will be donated to Dress for Success. You are also welcome to bring along gently used professional clothing, accessories and shoes.

For more information on Studio 904, visit

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Winter Hours

New Winter Hours: Starting tomorrow, Momo will be closed for the next three Sundays to give Leland and our little shop a rest. We will re-open Sundays beginning January 29th, 12-5 for the neighborhood Lunar New Year celebration. Happy Year of the Dragon!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lady Konnyaku Brings Japan Street Style to Momo

The Final Nihonmachi Nites of 2011
Saturday, September 10 from 5:00 - 8:00
Lady Konnyaku Trunk Show at Momo

Meet Malia Peoples, the hapa honey who puts her own spin on Harajuku fashion with a Pacific Northwest twist. She’ll be mingling at Momo, sharing her sustainable style sensibility during our last blast of the season. In keeping with our happy*lucky*life, we’re fortunate to host the busy Lady Konnyaku — clothing designer, artist and teacher/mentor at New York Fashion Academy. 

The rest of the neighborhood will be hopping with activity, too, as Japantown joins forces in creating summer fun. The long-anticipated 519 Art Studios ( will be opening, featuring a new gallery, Prole Drift. Participate in a painting party at the Cullom Gallery, attend a show at Kobo or get a spontaneous tattoo at Tiger Tiger. Plus discover other eats and treats, all around the block. As the lights go down, the Main Street stage will showcase music and performance art, culminating in the showing of Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. For more information, go to

As the unofficial ID concierge, I’d like to share the following tidbits,
noshing being one of Momo’s favorite pastimes:
- Fuji Bakery has delectable French-inspired Japanese pastries
- The Panama Hotel serves up beautifully crafted coffee cocktails

- You can order the full menu at the bar at Maneki (no waiting!)
- Red Lantern is a hidden gem of Chinese/Korean/French fusion

- Despite no sign, fans find Tsukushinbo, loved for its authenticity
- Customize your bento box at Fuji Sushi, great value, many choices
- Kaname’s Happy Hour (5-6:30) is a winner, try a shochu martini

Monday, March 21, 2011

Test Drive Jaipur Avenue

Delicious Jaipur Avenue, new and now at Momo.
Lately I’ve desired to take a break from the usual double-short-2% latte, and along comes entrepreneurial Seattleite Jillu Zaveri with delicious chai options. Which do I love best? The Cardamom or Masala? Saffron or Ginger? And I’m dreaming of Vanilla for summer iced-tea times. Just add water and the gratification is instant: smooth and slightly spicy sweet, the flavors of Jaipur Avenue could easily become my new addiction. The ingredient list is short and simple and a box of 15 packets sells for $15 — that’s just a buck apiece for a lovely chai tea break. The award-winning graphics make it an attractive gift, too. Thank you to food aficionado Ivy Chan of Cocoa Chai Chocolates for making the introduction.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cop-Copine Spring: Fresh + French

Our favorite French fashions have arrived at Momo, just in time to blend in with the dreary Seattle landscape. Nonetheless, we love the shibui shades and ultimate ease the fit, fabric and lovely layers lend to our daily life. Come try it on!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Silvana Segulja

Momo is severing up silver platter earrings from Silvana Segulja
Meet Silvana Segulja, our newest designer of self-adornments. Her passion for jewelry making was ignited when her sister, returning from many years of living in exotic climes, presented her with a shoebox brimming with stones and findings she collected throughout her
Silvana shares a favorite piece
travels. That was over ten years ago, and today, in Silvana’s diverse array of necklaces and earrings, you can see influences from around the globe, including that of her Croation origin. In her north Seattle studio, she envisions her creations in semi-precious stones and pearls, sterling silver or gold vermeil, and sets about to make those daydreams a reality until she’s happy with the end result. Lately, the concurrent caterer’s been experimenting with silver platters — not for serving but for wearing, shaping them into amazingly lightweight earrings, accented with a dangling stone or pearl. 

[Silvana Segulja jewelry, $72 - $189]

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hoppy Year of the Rabbit!

The Lunar New Year begins Thursday, February 3, 2011
The gentle Bunny is most welcome after the torrid year of the Tiger. Now we may rest our souls and prop up our pretty feet, taking time out to enjoy a wave of peace and calm. 
'Maneki Bunny' by Toni Yuly
Tact and diplomacy will be practiced at home and in political arenas, with happy compromise reached easily and without animosity. Instead of striving for what isn’t, the Rabbit’s contemplative mood will have us appreciating what is, whether that is good health, a loving family, or devoted friends. In this hour of contentment, we must refrain from self-indulgence and procrastination. 

A reality check will have us hop to it, ensuring that we continue to take care of our self and the business at hand. In the year of the lucky Bunny it may seem that money’s not as tight, parking is plentiful, and everyone is a wee more relaxed. Intimacy is our carrot as human relationships take the spotlight, from one-to-one romances (Rabbits crave companionship) to issues of global heath and poverty. Culture, arts and entertainment will flourish as the refined Rabbit always enjoys an evening out. Paradoxically, we will continue to be concerned with living green while not skimping on life’s true luxuries.

All in all, 2011 is a year of hope and happiness. Let your hare down and dabble in some old-fashioned fun!

Monday, January 24, 2011

International Online

A photo borrowed from Elle Brazil.
The other day I received an email enquiry from across the world — an enterprising Swiss-Vietnamese jewelery designer found Momo on the the blog of one of our vendors, Trois Petits Points Paris, purveyor of  beautiful French enamel lockets ($88). Right now we are clean out of them, awaiting a shipment just in time for Valentine’s Day. We love the sleek and simple oval that opens up to reveal secrets inside. And the colors, trĂ©s fabuleux! We are the only shop in Seattle and one of few in the U.S. to offer them. As for the other jeweler, well, who knows, we may soon be showing a collection fresh from Switzerland.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Meet Kokoro

Heart, spirit and soul meet in Kokoro, local illustrator Toni Yuly’s kawaii creation, shared here by our little look-alike customer, Meryl. Kokoro, reminding us a wee bit of a Japanese kokeshi doll, makes her boutique debut at Momo. You’ll find her (and friends) on blank cards big enough to write your loving message, women’s tees and cute-as-a-button buttons. Right now, Momo is the only place you’ll find Kokoro fun stuff, so come be a fan!

[Kokoro by Toni Yuly cards, $4; tees, $29; buttons, $1 and $2]

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Many thanks to the Happy Hour Hooptinis for stopping traffic in front of Momo during our August JamFest. Popeye and Birdie showed us how to hoop it up as they gently gyrated with hoops on hips. Cars beeped and passerbys jumped through hoops to be a part of the summer fun. 
Popeye makes it look oh-so-easy.

Give us a hug, Birdie!
A quick change of costume ... love the lanterns.
Talk about lighting up the International District.
Kobo jumps in ...

 ... and Momo Mama.

The always-elegant Vanessa goes for a spin.
Alex takes over where the Hooptinis leave off.
Bill, the hapa hooper makes his own hoops.
Thank you to all who came to see the JamFest Hooptinis. See you at the next Momo hoopla.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fugu You

One morsel of exotic fugu (pufferfish), could be lethal. Yet the potentially deadly delicacy continues to grow in popularity as kamikaze diners play Russian roulette, leaving their fate to the knives of skilled sushi chefs. May we suggest a saner alternative? Our Doku (Poison) Blowfish tee from SumoFish is non-toxic and deliciously designed. And a lot more affordable at $22.50 a serving. If venomous fish isn’t your thing, we have other food-focused styles: ramen, rice or tako (squid). All silk-screened on 100% cotton by former Hawaii-boy now Bay-area artist Brandt Fuse.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

East Meets Fest


KimonoFest turned out to be one of our most omoshiroi (fun) events at Momo, with many an enthusiastic guest dressed by kimono expert Yuri and embellished with Thea Starr’s exotic kanzashi hair adornments of vintage kimono fabric. Good sport Gretchen got into the spirit in full regalia, even topping off Ms. Monica with Thea’s lovely hair pins. Midori and Nobue honored us with their charm, and as an unexpected delight, we were graced with a sidewalk showing of the Ai Yai Ice Queenistas, bedecked in Maria Antoinette-ish paper ballgowns. France meets Japan — so Momo!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunny Disposition

Last week, the promise of summer-coming-soon compelled us to pull out our colorful new collection of clothing from Amsterdam. We know the rare appearance of sun in Seattle makes warm-weather clothing an indulgence, but DEPT’s affordable prices make it easy to enjoy the Caribbean bright hues and lightweight blends of linen, cotton and silk. On a slow, sunny Saturday, Ms. Jessica decided to take a break in a cute halter dress with ruffled hem. Nice shades, glam girl.

[DEPT summer collection, $48 - $120]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chemical Attraction

Where the heck is Boulevard Park? An unknown neighborhood of Seattle, it’s on our radar as the workshop location of our favorite husband+wife bagsmiths, Chemical Wedding ( Last week, Tracy (the She) came through our door laden with bags, all custom-made for Momo. We’ve carried the satchels since we opened 2-1/2 years ago, and they keep getting lovelier with each order (both the bags and Tracy+Jon). Meticulously made of post-industrial scrap leather — some beautifully burnished by hand — wood and/or hand-forged findings, you can be pretty sure that every one one is unique. At Momo, we feel fortunate to be able to carry such special creations ... and we’re always happy to share.

[Chemical Wedding bags, $125 - $337]