I found these magazines at an antique store in Shimokitazawa. A clothing catalog and a kntting book. These prints are so fantastic and the kids adorable! I can’t help but imagine adult versions. Why do I always want to dress in children’s clothes!?
Oh how I wish I had the outfit below! I don’t knit. I made a decision never to start because I already do so much with my hands, but I do sometimes wish it were a possibility.
A little DIY on how to dress up a cartigan with cuffs, collar and center piece.
I love the image below as it seems to be a link between traditional clothing and occidental influence.
I want to add peacock feathers to a dress! I’m putting this one in a folder of things-to-do-one-day.
We were in Kyoto during golden week which is a national holiday in Japan. Maybe that’s why we saw so many people in traditional dress. Or maybe people in Kyoto are just more classic. Anyways here is a photo of a beautiful neighborhood temple. I was lucky enough to overhear some ladies who read japanese say that it was a geisha temple, only for ladies. The girls below were so nice to let me take a photo. Thanks girls!
I’m in love with the Tokyo tower. It is like a colorful version of le Tour Eiffle! Here’s some photos taken in the international district of Tokyo on our last night in Japan. Enjoy.
There have been many distractions that kept me from being systematic in my presentation of our trip to Japan in may. However there are still some interesting photos to share.
Pink Dragon is still the coolest. Stopped there the first day.
Indoor baseball practice place right next to our hotel in Shinjuku.
We made to Ghibli Museum. And even stuck around to eat lunch there.
Kyoto sweet Kyoto!
Cat brioche. It was just slightly sweet, delicious, and so cute!
Green tea and strawberry bubble tea with soft serve ice cream.
Candy store in Kyoto.
We found a fast food healthy food restaurant and the desert was carrot spinach! It was really good.
Breakfast in Kyoto.
This was a rice flour based sweet ball with plum sauce in the center. The leaf was just a wrapper as it is very sticky. I wish I knew the name and I also wish I could eat them whenever I wanted. I adored this little treat!
Fruit pie restaurant in the Kyoto train station. We didn’t get to try any, we weren’t hungry.
Here’s some photos of the cracker store in Shimokitazawa. It was so beautiful in it’s vintage goodness!
Packaged Bento boxes at the train station. These were quite expensive, but I should have bought one anyway. Everyone brought their lunches and were eatting on the train. There weren’t diner cars like we’re used to in Europe.
At the Nishiki market in Kyoto.
Dinner from 7-11
Bento boxes bought at at temple on the Philospher’s path in Kyoto.
Another corner store dinner.
Sake barrels on display in Yoyoji park. The graphics are so beautiful.
Continuing with all the retail goodness I found in Japan. Some rice crackers I found in Shimokitizawa. The shop was so gorgeous and vintage too! I will show some pictures of it later. The green crackers were sweet with a sugar glaze almost like a breakfast cereal but more crunchy. Wish I could find them here!
Some records I found at Vinyl Japan Punk Market.
I was on a hunt for the work of this illustrator: Yuki Koishikawa. I only found some postcards at Pop Culture in Shinjuku. Design styles have changed a lot since we were in Tokyo three years ago.
More records! Many things were on sale and our euro were pretty strong. We could have brought back dozens more records but we had the luggage weight limit!
On one of our wandering days we found an antique gift shop in “Terra Shopping quarters” Daikan-yama station. All I had was the name of a couple of metro stops as a guide for interesting neighborhoods.
Sophisticated Boom Boom and a raffia hair elastic.
Nakano Broadway, I love you! The bag is marked with the name of a sake alcohol and I use it as a purse. The book is a fashion illustrator from the 1930’s. I will show you some images from the inside, it is so wonderful!
I thought I would start the Japan posts by photos of what I bought. We started this tradition last time. it’s fun at the end of the day to lay the day’s treasures out on the bed for documentation.
Embroidered Jacket: Pink Dragon
2 Books about Japanese monsters
Vintage Kimono: 5 euro found in Harajuku from a street vendor
If you want to see all the photos just click!
The last image is of paintings by my friend Silky. She had a booth at the tattoo convention.
My best memory from this trip was my afternoon at Crypt records where I bought 26 new rythym and blues 45’s (re-issues)!
Strange and beautiful fountain in a forest park. I think it’s Jesus’s head
Amazing colors of fall.