We went as day trippers, arriving in Japan town just as the Cherry Blossom Festival was in full-bloom. The weather, which was predicted to be grey and gloomy, went all out for our visit, showering us in blue skies, a warm breeze and bright sunshine. Not a cloud in the sky, no sign of the famous Franciscan fog. It was quite the magical day for the four of us: my boyfriend D, his strapping young teen-aged son & said son's best friend, and we were on the hunt for J*pop toys, magazines and anything delicious we could pop into our mouths. Udon. Soba. Mochi. Gelato.
But how do you describe these wonders when no Japan-town shop allows you to take pictures of their goodies? Can I really describe the incredible candy shop with ceiling to floor shelves stacked with beautifully packaged gift boxes of every delicious import imaginable from the Land of the Rising Sun? Can you really get a glimpse of the incredible toys, the freshest of fashion magazines, the delectable frocks, all on a mission to make one fall in love with all thing Nippon? Crazy, colorful toys/candies/eateries/records/books/noodles/bakeries/tea houses/antiques/crafts/kiosks, all vying for the tourist's attention, and mere English can not convey the glory of this perfect day of discovery.
Can I really describe the incredible candy shop with ceiling to floor shelves stacked with beautifully packaged gift boxes of every delicious import imaginable from the Land of the Rising Sun?
Oh wait, there's more! It was a day of lucky happenstance. But more of that later.... -Bella Q
love the pix! did you buy those heart shaped glasses??
NO. But I considered it. The slants would drive me crazy! But I'm on the hunt for heart-shaped sun-glasses!
Cool pictures!:D I hate it when they don't allow customers to take pictures inside the stores!
BEAUTY. FASHION. DESIGN.
...and everything girly under the sun!
Fabulous polka dot dress.
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This looks like such a good time. Did you buy the slightly old candy? I would be way to scared to eat it!!!
Excellent photo essay -- you say a lot even though you had to leave a lot out.
I love those pictures! The one of the cherry blossoms is Spring in a picture to me...and the one with all the multi-coloured parasols was lovely! Sounds like a brilliant trip!
Great photos...especially you & those colorful umbrellas! I luv Japanese products & their fashion magazines!
Looks like so much fun! Diden't know there was a Japan Town in San Fransisco :D I wanna visit one day!
Thank you Lenore! And Emilie, I really hope you come out here to visit. Japantown was one of the most fun I've had in a long while. Can't wait to visit it again.
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