In December 2014 we took another trip to Japan, this time almost exclusively for attending Tokyo Dolpa 32, but there were also a few days before Dolpa where we just did other things.
I'll concentrate on those for this post.
A Delta plane as we wait in Atlanta.
Cocoshnik - a chain of jewelry stores in Japan. The fun thing here is that in Russian kokoshnik means a special traditional Russian girl headgear.
On one of our first days we went to Kappabashi, a street in Tokyo that houses a large number of stores trying to sell restaurant and kitchen equipment.
That building with a head of some cook on it is the start of the shopping section.
Dishes and other ceramics
Fake food for display. This is an important part of Japanese restaurant - to have a display full of plastic, but good looking food depicting what you'll get inside.
A signs store.
Another fake food store, this one also selling miniature plastic food good for use as a cellphone strap or a key ring.
Another ceramics store.
I am not sure why the beetle on this building and how does that relate to the kitchen street, but it must suck for the inhabitants of that second story apartment.
This is the kappa (some sort of a water demon) after which the street is named.
There's also more serious equipment available of course.
In fact there were many-many more shops than could be included into a single blog post.
So we'll move on to our dinner that was in the Alice in Wonderland restaurant.
"Eat me" Shrimp and potato tart gratin
Colorful vegetable salad.
March Hare pasta.
And another version of it with a bit different ingredients.
Cheshire cat chicken cream stew.
Curious oyster beef sirloin steak.
Strawberry mousse and vanilla parfait.
Royal tea pannacotta
Next day I went for a walk in Tokyo with friends.
Tokyo Sky Tree. It was built relatively recently and is now the highest tower in Tokyo.
A demon on Tokyo streets, who might have thought.
And at the same time Ksusha went to some sort of a cooking class with her friends, I guess just for fun
Of course all of them were obsessed with dolls too.
An extremely sweet dessert.
The gingerbread cookies they were making
And then in the afternoon we went to Nippori for a fabrics market
This is just one shop full of fabrics on something like 5 or 6 floors. And there was entire street filled with fabrics shops.
From Nippori we went to Tenshi-no-Mado in Harajuku where we have met an old acquaintance - Mr. Miyamoto, who does very elaborate knitted clothes for his dolls.
This doll here is his Kasumi, the new Volks porcelain doll that is highly sought after since it's typically only released two-three a month.
This concludes the pre Tokyo Dolpa 32 days.