The 26-year-old corporate worker, who lives in Kyoto, has turned her fixation for her favorite food into an art form.
She creates "Pampshades"--lighting fixtures made from real French baguettes. The name is a play on the Japanese word for bread--“pan.”
In the most prestigious contest for Sailor's Valentines, held in the United States in March, Iimuro won the top prize in a category. She was competing in the event for the first time.
Iimuro, 48, who lives in Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture, said she plans to open a workshop in Hokuto, also in Yamanashi Prefecture, in June to spread the art form.
Eiko Funahashi, a patent lawyer from Tokyo, will fly to Lukla, the most popular gateway to the mountain, on April 17 and trek to the base camp to become acclimatized to the altitude before attempting to climb the mountain in the first week of May, a Katmandu-based agency handling her expedition said.