So 10+ years after I first fell in love with vintage Japanese kimonos (see my previous post), last May I was finally on my way to Tokyo - super-excited! As it was a short week-long business trip rather than a holiday, I decided to just focus on searching for Japanese vintage goodies. I was also very excited that my bestie Nutti was coming over from Bangkok and spending the week with me. I had booked a beautiful traditional Japanese style house for us which turned out to be a much better option than staying in a more expensive, and smaller, hotel.
We spent a lot of time scouring the super funky Shimokitazawa for beautiful vintage treasures. We also tucked into some delicious Japanese food & drinks, like matcha tea with dango - super tasty rice flour & red kidney beans snacks on skewers - and I honestly believed I'd gone to sake heaven after drinking both warm & cold sake with dinner. After tasting such delicious sake I'm afraid my standards might have gone through the roof now & I'm in danger of becoming a sake snob...!
We bought lots and lots of gorgeous vintage kimonos, some of which are already in the shop and others which are arriving very soon. Here's Nutti modelling one for an IG post.
At the weekend we went on the monorail for more buying at the Tokyo city flea market - in some of the vintage sukajan we picked up. And later... rewarded ourselves with some delicious ramen!
Tokyo was truly amazing experience: a super clean city where everyone moves in a peaceful flow so that it doesn't feel like yo're in one of the most crowded cities in the world. People are very helpful and polite and so mindful of other's space. The mouth-watering delicious food and the whole Japanese vibe had me feeling like 'I knew that I would love Japan but just didn't know how much' can't wait to go back with Ro and our daughter Sruti who's also a bit of Japanophile. She loves Studio Ghibli, anime and all things kwaii (cute). We're making plans for a proper family holiday visiting Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka in the near future and we're very very excited...
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