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jojoebi designs

My name is Jo and I go by the nickname jojoebi, that is jo-jo-ebi (eh-bee). I have an educational background in Electronic Imaging and Media Communications but after graduating I decided to pack my bags and travel the world. Which I did, teaching English to pay my way. After a two year stint in the wilderness of Northern Japan, a local boy stole my heart, and I was unable to leave the country without it so we settled down together in Saitama (just outside of Tokyo). A few years later, after a slightly crazy wedding ceremony at Angkor Wat (which involved 5 priests, 9 nuns, Khmer dancers and an elephant ride up a mountain) baby Ebi appeared (now known as Ebi-kun) and after hearing myself saying "I go to shopping" and other grammatically incorrect English sentences I decided it was time to give up the teaching game and return to my passion of designing. When Ebi-kun was still a baby I became interested in the Montessori system of education and so many of the items I design and make are influenced by Montessori, along with my passion for travel and all things kawaii that make Japan such a wonderful place to live.

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