1. Shop: Uemura likes shopping at Kobo, on the same block as Sairen, because its more traditional Asian home goods, art, and books pair nicely with Sairen’s modern ones. Trichome goes a different direction. “It’s actually a [legal cannabis] dispensary,” laughs Uemura. But Madriaga loves the logo hoodies and other streetwear that they design themselves. They also both like the Asian streetwear and jewelry sold in the boutique portion of Moksha, which pivoted during the pandemic from its roots as an event space to a plant biome studio for sound, plant, and light therapy.
2. Relax: Both Kaitlins, along with shop dogs Nala and Kimiko, like to take breaks from the store to enjoy Kobe Terrace, a park just up the hill. With gardens, cherry trees, winding paths, and a 4-ton, 200-year-old stone lantern, it makes for a pleasant wander with a good view of the city, while some of the benches are a good alternative lunch spot to Hing Hay Park, where the tables often get crowded.