Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today, How did I love thee... Let me count the ways

I woke to a warm sunny day, perfect weather for the temple market I was going to.

Staying in the hotel next door to the market made it even more enjoyable and relaxing.  I bought a few kimonos, dropped them off in my room then went back and bought some more, dropped them off and picked up my camera and had a lovely wander around without being weighed down by my buys.

I caught up with some kimono sellers I've known and been buying from for years.


I had a lovely and very yummy sushi lunch with one of my favourite sellers (and he sells online here too!), Higashi-san.

I found an adorable, tiny family of three kokeshi dolls which I just had to adopt.  Then later as the market was packing up and I was on my way to the subway, I found eight more, all different sizes and styles.  A lovely young and chatty (in English) man sold them to me for about $10 (for the lot!).



At the markets I met some friendly Americal locals who told me that the fabric shop I was planning to visit while in Nagoya was having a sale today.

In the fabric store I found some beautiful traditional florals that I hadn't been able to find in Tokyo.  In a moment of panic as the sales assistant ran my cut fabric up, I realised that I hadn't refinanced my wallet after the market (and this was a cash only store!) but then found that I had hidden some emergency yen in there.  Japanese fabric at a discount price is an emergency isn't it?

My airline just changed their baggage policy and I was able to pay for an extra 20kg of luggage allowance for a fraction of what it was going to cost me to send the kimonos home via the cheapest (and slowest) postage rate.  This has also freed up some more yen for the other three markets I have coming up.

I then realised that I was going to need another suitcase to put that extra 20kg in, so am now the owner of a funky red hard suitcase.  So, in the end, I didn't save that much on sending things home, but I can use the suitcase again.

And now, I've settled in for a relaxing night with a cup-a-soup, vege sticks, chips and chocolate for dinner, to be followed by a soak in the bath and then to remove some kimono linings while watching some Japanese TV that I don't really understand.

It's been a pretty fabulous day.

15 comments:

pannikin said...

It sounds like you are having such a lovely time!

Sylvia said...

Glad to know that you have had a fabulous and rewarding day! Wish I can be there as well!

Anonymous said...

Wow Melanie, you must have an amazing time in Japan. I've never been there, but you make me feel like I need to visit that lovely country once!

Greetz Maaike
The Netherlands

Hot Fudge said...

You used two of my favourite words in the same sentencce: fabric and sale. Can you feel my pain?

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i'm just going to come right out & say "JEALOUS". What a wonderful trip, adventure, fabrics, sales, kimonos, you lucky girl. Love Posie

K and S said...

fun fun fun!

momijitomitsukoshi said...

Sounds absolutely glorious. I hope every day will be like that for you!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Sounds wonderful and cute dolls :-)

Lilli boo said...

OMG, such a fabulous trip. Have just caught up on all your posts! Look forward to all the inspiration this trip has brought you and loving just being there with you in spirit...

Little Bird, Big Chip said...

which market did you go to? am planning on coming to Japan and would love some tips! thanks, x

* Ninotschka * said...

Melanie, the dolls are amazing!!! And I cannot wait to see more of the 'discount-emergency' fabrics ;-) I wish you many fabulous days like this one for the rest of your trip.

Red Hen (dette) said...

It looks like you are having a ball. So much textiley goodness! and fabulous things to see and do. How does it feel leaving your little one at home? I remember going away when mine were little with a bizarre mixture of elation, excitement a felling like I was wagging school or the feeling that I had forgotten something important along a good portion of guilt for leaving them behind and missing them and not missing them at the same time.
Have fun and enjoy your travels.

Tracey said...

Oh my, it sounds like you're having a fantastic time ... you make me want to visit Japan right now! ;)

Naturally Carol said...

I really hope you are going to give us a little look at what you bring home in that hard red suitcase! I can't wait to see some of those beauties. I can see that you are totally loving it there..all the best.

Carolyn said...

Glad to know that you have had a fabulous and rewarding day! What a wonderful trip!

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