Guest Blogger: Tiarne Katona

I'm quite taken with the thought and care that goes into Japanese packaging design.  Following a month long trip that I took earlier this year, I'm thrilled to share a series of photographs showcasing my collected goodies. I found that everything from ice cream cone wrappers to flavoured syrups from a coffee shop and jam packets had tiny details that made me smile.

All of the items pictured have little stories attached to how I found them. One of my favourites is the bottle cap with the happy bear face - It came off a used bottle that had been left behind on the train and was far too sweet to leave behind. It's very unusual in Japan for rubbish to be left anywhere so I think it was meant to be!

The strawberry milk can came from a vending machine on top of a mountain and was uncomfortably stuffed into my ski parka for an entire day. Most definitely worth the bulging pocket. 

The cute-as-pie tea packets are from Karel Capek, a tea shop that I struggled to find as it had relocated several times. A group of extremely kind high school girls helped me find it and walked me to the shop front. Small acts of kindness like that (which happened a lot because I got lost a lot) make a lot of the items very special.

It's difficult to walk out of a Japanese supermarket or convenience store and not feel jolly. Partly because of the extra lovely people and especially since a good majority of the food packaging inside smiles back at you. 

Photographs and words supplied by Tiarne Katona, as part of an inaugural contributor post with On Jackson Street.  Tiarne is photographer and stylist, who specialises in food photography. More of her work can be found here and on Instagram. Keep an eye out for future guest bloggers in 2016 and get in touch if you have a story / photo series or thought you'd like to share.

Photographs and words supplied by Tiarne Katona, as part of an inaugural contributor post with On Jackson Street.  Tiarne is photographer and stylist, who specialises in food photography. More of her work can be found here and on Instagram.

Keep an eye out for future guest bloggers in 2016 and get in touch if you have a story / photo series or thought you'd like to share.