Toshimaen

Hello dear readers! How are you?
Today, as promised, I’ll show you the pictures of the lolita meet up I went to at Toshimaen. Toshimaen is an amusement park in Tokyo, and our chief reason for going was to see the El Dorado carousel.
It was built in Germany in 1907, lived for a long time in New York, and in the 1970s it came to Japan. It’s also been imortalised in Baby’s El Dorado series, though of course the real one looks quite a bit different to the applique version.
It’s a lovely carousel, with the most beautiful Art Nouveau decoration. I’ve never seen anything like it! 
You could ride in a carriage, on a velvet bench, on a horse, or on a pig. I choose a horse, of course.
It was also unusual in that the horses didn’t move up and down, and there weren’t any moving figures or mirrors in the centre, and it seemed to be going ever so fast which was a bit worrying given it’s age and the fact it’s made of wood.
This carousel was so beautiful once you were sitting inside it. I’d like to go round and round for hours!
 
Of course we took outfit shots! I wish I had worn something more fitting for the scenery, but in winter I  can hardly think of anything but being as warm as possible.
Here’s my makeup:
And Mr Piggy:
After the carousel, we went skating! I haven’t skated for years, and I was pretty bad at it then. I kept having second thoughts but once the skates were on my feet there couldn’t really be any going back, and after dragging myself round the edge a couple of times annoying everyone, I got the hang of it again! It was great fun, and the other lolis looked so cute on skates! 
Finally, I want to say thank you very much to the maker of my valentine this week. It means a great deal to me to receive one- thank you, thank you, thank you!
See you next time,
Sapphira
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11 thoughts on “Toshimaen

  1. I've already seen some pictures on facebook! You looked all so lovely!The caroussell is just perfect for a lolita picture <3In Vienna there is (or was) a similiar carousell very pretty ^^

  2. The story of this carousel is so interesting! And it's so nice and ancient *_* The pig is cute!I don't think your outfit doesn't fit the context, all the contrary! In my opinion it's perfect!I love the lace and fur details of your coat.I wanna go skating too 😀

  3. Hi, I've been following your tumblr for some time now and finally got to your blog too. I think you are very nice and hope you are having an amazing time living the dream in Tokyo. Please have even more fun for us that are still at home dreaming about Japan and wearing our petticoats with pride :)) Looking forward to your new posts! :)) ❤

  4. Hello, nice to meet you! Thank you for following my tumblr. I'm glad you're reading my blog too now 🙂 I like tumblr, but it seems a bit unsubstantial sometimes, it's more fun to chat on blogs I think.I promise to do my best here in Japan! I know I'm lucky to be here 🙂

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