tea with rainbows

A Love Story (told in painted nails)

a girl

sitting in the bathroom

painting her nails

a soft blue

like the sea

she is new to this

her nails are messy and the paint

gets on her fingers

she is still proud

She goes out

in her newly painted nails

a girl makes a comment

that her nails are sloppy

she ignores her

another girl

offers to repaint them

but she is proud

and refuses

she doesn’t care

in blue nail varnish

that is smudged

over time

she paints them again

and again

and again

until it’s as easy as breathing

30 seconds

and her nails look professional

and dangerous

they are longer now

she goes out

people admire her nails

and ask where she had them


she replies

that she did them herself

and the people are impressed

she still doesn’t care

in black nail varnish

and leather

a girl comes up to her

in a flower crown and

smudged purple nail varnish

and the girl

who has perfect nails

doesn’t criticise her

doesn’t offer to re-do her nails

simply compliments her crown

and messy nails

she blushes

and shyly asks if she’ll help her

with her nails

black nail varnish



they sit

two girls

very different

but the same

in a graveyard

painting nails

they meet again

under the pretence of

painting nails

and sit

close together

and laugh

in matching pink nails

that don’t go with leather

they give up the pretence

and go out for coffee


in a cheap shop

coffee and red nails

white nails

and tea

going out

together still

rainbows on her face

and nails.

nails painted

blue and purple and pink

the same pattern on her face



they find a home

get a cat

long nights

fight and make up


laying on the couch

some old movie on the TV

matching nails


linked fingers

standing together

making promises

as family

and friends

look on

nails painted gold and white

by each other

not because they can’t

paint them themselves

but because they no longer have to


“Mary and witch’s flower” Garden Sand Cafe 

Yesterday Studio Ponoc opened a limited time Mary & the Witch’s Flower cafe which will run from 15th September to 5th November in the Tokyo’s Skytree. The film themed menu features dishes like the “Garden sand” Vegetable and cheese sandwich, french toast immersed in milk and eggs overnight before preparation (limited number), Garden sand fried prawn & avocado with chowder sauce and Magical Rainbow Tea. There will also be take away items like broom shaped cinnamon sugar or chocolate churros and Mary souvenirs amiable for purchase (see above). 

There will also be Halloween events held at the cafe with free gifts for those who come in costume.


The day before yesterday I was lucky enough to visit the Mary and witch’s flower themed “Garden Sand Cafe” Studio Ponoc have opened for a limited time at Tokyo’s Skytree Tower.

It was pretty amazing! the food was delicious and meticulously thought out and presented with such fun! The walls covered in concept and cel art and characters from the film and the staff and dishes added a little magic and a lot of entertainment to the experience! you. I highly recommend definitely trying the Magical Rainbow Tea Soda which comes with an assistant to help you out and cheer you on :D but I cannot reveal its magical secrets Witch you will have to discover for yourself :P

You can also cosplay in the clothes provided and get your picture taken in front of a huge film backdrop with characters! And of course there’s a pretty big range of film merchandise to be purchased. But the meal itself comes with a few little themed souvenirs too :D if you’re in Japan in the next few months I’d definitely recommend taking this rare window to visit!