It’s a Small World: Everyday Life from Krakow to Kanazawa

By Rena Thiagarajan, April 24, 2015

As a child, I loved waking up and thinking that somewhere across the world, another little girl was waking up too. She brushed her teeth, tied her shoes, ate her breakfast and headed off to school. Just like me.

As an adult who loves to travel, I am always delighted by the simple similarities of life across the world. Markets give you a wonderful window into daily life, and it’s the little objects that represent everyday that I’m always drawn to like combs and shoes, coffee pots and toys. These ordinary objects, often exquisitely crafted are so different yet so much alike across the world and are a pleasant reminder that the world is indeed a small place.

Here’s a sample of everyday life across the world, from Krakow to Kanazawa.


Shoes: Japan | Vietnam | Morocco | Poland

Coffee: Poland | Bolivia | Vietnam | Morocco

Measure: Malaysia | Japan | Vietnam | Japan

Hair: Malaysia | Japan | Ghana | Mexico

Play: Mexico | Uzbekistan | Vietnam | Bolivia

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