A friend and I went to the traditional area of Yanaka, which is located near Nippori station. I had written a feature a long time ago about shopping in that area (one of my first freelance gigs, nostalgia), and this time I finally made it back without having to stress out about collecting information and a deadline (even though I have a few looming deadlines ahead).
The day started out with a lunch set in a traditional restaurant on a narrow side-street, then a walk around the area to soak in the Edo vibe and check out the secondhand shops. We found lots of treasures, such as teapots, glasses, handbags, and (at times dubious) collections of clothes. I think Yanaka is a mecca to go scour for vintage finds, as it's lesser-known, cheaper and there are more chances to find unique items.
We went to a temple that look a lot like Fushimi-Inari, my favourite temple in Kyoto, with the rows of red torii gates. We stopped for traditional Japanese sweets at the end of the day, and looked for cats, as Yanaka is famous for all its cats roaming about, and numerous cat-themed cafes and shops.
I love Yanaka! I bought a hair ribbon, and came home to return to my work, with a clear head.
Thanks to my friend Stephanie for introducing me to her favourite spots!!
|Katsudon lunch set (breaded pork on rice, with miso soup and pickled veggies)|
|Looks like Fushimi Inari, but in the middle of Tokyo. Happiness and bliss.|
|Vibrant colours and a watch dog|
|This ribbon and hair accessory shop is heavenly|
|Traditional Japanese dessert- sweet red beans on top of jelly cubes|
|Yanaka is so old-school and local|
|Beautiful patterns and textiles all around|