Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hidden Tokyo: Ookurayama Bairin

This year spring has decided to sprint on rapidly. I am just getting over the plum tree overload, and the sakura are already begging for our collective attention.

Once again my beloved Ookurayama reveals its secrets, in this case a lovely little forest of plum trees (bairin). Since it is a kind of odd spot, the crowds are relatively sparse, making it easy to get a seat under a nice, fragrant tree. On a stage in the background (draped in the traditional red and white stripes), musicians and local music students play a series of traditional Japanese instruments.
 I love the bright reddish-pink ones the most, but they also happen to be the hardest to find...and are always surrounded by photographers!
After a pleasant rest on the park, we decided to finish off the day on true hanami style, getting sushi at a place right in front of the station. Basic, but I really reccomend their wasabi maki, which are oddly addictive (and sinus clearing!)
Despite moving into spring, my wardrobe seems to be in monochrome recently (except for bright red lipstick). If done correctly it can be a look with a lot if dramatic impact, and very useful in a profession where you want people to remember you. Although in my case it also has something to do with trends on Italian fashion (all of these are new clothes purchased during my trip home!)

But that's fine, I shall leave the pastels to the sakura!


  1. Those outfits are fabulous. As I'm currently shlubbing in a sweatshirt and jeans, a pastel sweatshirt though (!), I'm feeling the need for a bit of red lippy too!

  2. Wow, you look so gorgeous in your dresses! I should visit Italy for a little shopping-trip. :) very classy and the golden necklace is a perfect match!

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    1. Cheers! Every 10 years or so it is good to change hair styles ;p