Designer Diaries will be a series of blogs that show our adventures exploring Tokyo, Japan.
I've been in Tokyo for about a week now. Completely in love with the culture, the arts, the language, and the MANY different styles of fashion.
Tokyo is a city full of self expression, and it's very freeing to let go and show your true self without judgement. Just taking a stroll through Harajuku's Takeshita Street, the amount of styles in fashion is incredible. From street fashion to Lolitas and even gothic/visual kei styles. There are many shops all over the city for whatever fashion style that best suits your own personal taste.
I love this city. :)
Back in October of last year, I bought a beautiful piece from a local designer in Fredericton at a charity fashion show. It was a silk caftan, hand dyed with pinks, blues, and purples. It was like a pastel dream.
When I got home from the charity fashion show with my new caftan, I put it on and instantly fell in love with it even more. It was silky soft to touch, and so very flowy. I knew it was going to be a piece I take with me to Japan in September.
Now here in Tokyo, I decided to put on that stunning silk caftan and take a walk over to the Sensoji Temple that was only 20 minutes from my hotel. It was a beautiful day, sunshine with just a light breeze in the air. Not too hot, and I knew the caftan would be super comfortable to wear walking through the side-streets of Asakusa to the Temple.
I paired my pastel caftan with my pink glitter sneakers from Aldo. :D My only issue with these sneakers is when I bought them back in the start of the summer I never broke them in.... 0_0 lol So it made for long walks very painful. lol
When you get to the front gate entrance to the Temple you pass by statues of both the Wind God and Thunder God.
Further ahead you'll see a large burner and the sweet aroma of sandalwood. It is know in that if you breathe in the smoke from the burner you will be given divine blessings.
We passed by many girls all dressed up in traditional yukatas, and a few men pulling rickshaws with passengers. There were side vendors selling many different kinds of street foods and sweets.
Many tourists were taking pictures of the Temple and shopping at the local markets just near the main gate.
My pretty caftan had gotten quite a few stares as my husband took photos during our walk. By the afternoon the sun was much warmer, and the lightness of the silk was so very comfortable. :D
After our walk through the Sensoji, we decided to head back to the hotel for a bit. Our plans for the rest of the day was to be spent shopping in/around Nakano, and I wanted to put something on. I would be too worried about catching the caftan on escalators or snagging it on the street and ruining it. :)
As much as I love the caftan, the next time I wear it I will be putting leggings on underneath. :) While going through my images I noticed how very see through/sheer it is in certain light.
Explains the curious looks I've gotten. ;)
It's all good. lol I've dropped nearly 30lbs over the last year, and love what curves I have. lol
Later that night we returned to the Sensoji Temple to see it completely lit and beautiful!
There wasn't as many people at night as during the day since the markets shut down at 5pm, but there was still quite a few tourists taking pics.
Asakusa is my favorite place to stay when in Japan. :D The Temple, the markets, Don Quixote (basically Walmart in a 5 story building), and 10 minutes from the Temple and the river that's the perfect spot to view Tokyo Skytree at night when it's all lit up.
That wraps up this blog post! :)
The next blog will feature our fashion & a special location used in our photoshoot. :D