Golden Week

 Hello everyone! Hope you are well. Today I’ll share a few pictures from Golden Week.

今回はゴールデンウィークのレポートです。

Golden Week is in May, when a few public holidays fall closely together to sort of make up a week. There are usually gaps in between, and since my job does not respect public holidays anyway I found myself working. On the way to the studio I decided to grab breakfast, and made a happy discovery of a branch of Cafe du Monde, which is famous for beignets.

ゴールデンウィークでしたが、私は仕事がありました。スタジオへ行く前、美味しいベニエを食べました!

I had been to another branch in Ikebukuro, which I also came across by chance. They are so delicious!

On another day, I went to Inokashira Zoo to hold the famous guinea pigs. Unfortunately I got there so late that they’d already been put away! Anyway it was free entry that day and I saw the bird enclosures and had a picnic and tea, so it was a nice day even if it was lacking in guinea pigs.

他の日、井の頭動物園へ行きました。モルモットを触りたかったですが、私は遅く行きましたのでモルモットが皆寝ちゃってました!あれはちょっと残念でしたが、鳥を見てお茶しましたので楽しい一日でした!

  

I wore a straw bonnet for a ‘stroll in the countryside’ look. It’s my old handmade bonnet from years ago but I recent added a lace trim. The onepiece is Juliette et Justine, socks from Metamorphose and wrist cuffs from Baby. 

私のコーディネートでございます!麦わらボネットは手作りです。ワンピースはJuliette et Justine、靴下はMetamorphose、袖止めはBabyです。

On another day I went to Shimokitazawa, trying to find things for my new-ish house.  There is a nice second hand furniture shop there (Limone) and a shop selling all sorts of shabby chic items. I’m not sure of the name but it’s on the north side. Apart from that there are all sorts of bric-a-brac shops and recycle shops.

他の日下北沢へ行きました。あそこ大好き!古着屋さんとアンティーク家具屋さんと可愛いカフェがいっぱいあります。

I wore my ¥700 shop dress, charity shop hat , and Primark socks! My accessories are a bit more upmarket; my bracelet is from Mariwest, and the cameo necklace I got as a present from my friend some years ago. It’s definitely my most worn necklace. I love it so much!

このワンピースは高円寺の古着屋さんで買いました。高円寺も大好き!2年くらい高円寺に住んでいました。そして帽子はイギリスの古着屋さんで買いました。

I went to my usual cafe, LaPalette. They have the most delicious homemade cakes! This one is pumpkin.

下北沢の「ラパレット」でよくお茶します。美味しいですよ!今回かぼちゃのケーキにしました。

  
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the pictures! If you’re in Japan, I  hope you enjoyed your Golden Week.

ブログを読んでいただきありがとうございました! Here’s a bonus picture of me and Barin. See you again soon!

私とセキセイインコのバリンちゃんからバイバイ!

Sapphira

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Day Out in Kawagoe

Hello dear readers! How are you?

ごきげんよう!サフィラです。

Recently it was a holiday period in Japan- Golden Week. I wanted to use my holiday to visit a place that I have never been to before!

ゴールデンウィークは何かしましたか?私は「行ったことない場所に行きたい!」と思いました。

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I researched some places that I could easily reach from Tokyo, and I came across Kawagoe. It is in Saitama prefecture, about one hour away from Tokyo. It is famous for it’s old buildings, and has the nickname “Little Edo” and used to be part of the old capital.

インターネットで東京から近いと面白い場所を探しました。小江戸を見つけました!そして埼玉の川越に行きました。

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The day before was Children’s Day, and so there were still carp flags decorating the streets. These are the prettiest I’ve seen, and I think perhaps they were painted by children.

鯉のぼりは可愛いですよね!子供はこの鯉のぼりを作りましたかな?

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My outfit theme that day was “Strawberry Garden”. It is actually a very brand-y outfit, much more than usual! My hat is f.i.n.t, cardigan Emily Temple Cute, t-shirt axes femme, jumperskirt Jane Marple, socks and bag Metamorphose, and shoes from Swimmer. I also wore the jam jar necklace I made recently and the petit four ring I received from Vanilas Traumfabrik to review. Please look forward to it!

今日のファッションテーマはストロベリーガーデンでした。帽子はフィントです、ボレロはエミキュ、t−シャツはアクシズファム、ジャンパースカートはジェーン、靴下と鞄はメタモルフォーゼ、そしてサンダルはスイマーです。ジャムジャーペンダントは手作りです。プチフールの指輪はドイツの小物ブランドです。

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I got the sandals during a little Golden Week spree! I saw a photo of them on Swimmer’s facebook page and went to Laforet to have a look them them. They were even cuter in real life! I went back home and debated what colour to get, and the next day went to the newly refurbished shop in ALTA to get the red ones. So happy that they fit all right! I can’t usually get shoes in Japan but I take a smaller size in sandals due to having narrow feet. They are very comfy and I’m tempted to go back and get the black and the brown pairs too. Stop me please!!

新しいサンダルと靴下が大好きです!私の足は大きいので、日本の靴はほとんど入りません。悲しいです!でも、足が細長いので、サンダルの場合は小さいサイズの方が入ります。赤を買いましたが、ブラウンと黒もあるのでほかの色も買いたいと思います!

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There were lots of souvenir shops and food stalls selling yummy things, and as Kawagoe is famous for sweet potatoes a lot of them featured that ingredient. My reccomendation is this- imokoi (potato love?!). It is really delicious and one of my favourite things I have ever tasted! The outside is like a steamed bun, and inside is a layer of anko and then a layer of sweet potato. The texture is really satisfying and it’s just the right sort of sweetness that doesn’t get too sickly. I managed to limit myself to two but I wanted more!

川越はお芋で有名です。色々な芋のお菓子が売っています。一番美味しいのはいも恋だと思います!大好きです!

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There were some quaint retro and unique shops and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Of course the buildings were interesting and one could see various types of architecture. I also went to the festival museum, where they had floats used during festivals. I don’t know if you have heard of these, but they are impressive to see. I am planning to go back to Kawagoe in October to see the festival in action! And eat more imokoi….

レトロなお店とユニークなお店がありました。建物は可愛かったです。川越まつり会館も行きました。面白かったです!10月お祭りに行くためにまた川越に行こうと思っています。いも恋もまたいっぱい食べます。

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Walking around I noticed some giant animals.I’m not sure why they are there but they were amusing!

ウサギさん、かえるさん、馬さんに会いました。大きかったです。

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It was a nice trip and I’m looking forward to my next visit to Kawagoe! I also hope I can go to many, many places in Japan, and tell you all about them.

10月のお祭りを楽しみにしています。日本で色々な場所に行きたいです。

Thanks for reading and see you again soon,

Sapphira

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