When I was in New York this summer I went to the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya. They have a wonderful collection of craft books there. These are the ones I bought.
Umami, about very modern and organic looking bags, Colour Couture by Suzuko Koseki, and Machine made patchworks 02 also by Suzuko Koseki.
This week I found the courage to try one of the patterns from Colour Couture. The book is completely in Japanese except from some titles. But luckily the measurements are written in arabic numerals a.k.a. the way I do it, and even in centimeters! The diagrams in the book are very clear and helpful too, so it was not so hard to figure out how to make what I wanted to make: a very cute and clever bag.
Here it is, all finished. It looks like a cute basket, useful for when you're buying just a few things.