“Ramen Alley” is a famous area in the Susukino area of Sapporo. It is a very narrow Continue reading
Let me first say that I have mispronounced and misspelled this word so many times and so many ways that I have to apologize to friends and family who have had to endure this since I first learned the word a few weeks ago. I think now I have finally got it right. But I certainly won’t promise that I will remember for next year’s Fukubukuro 2015.
Fukubukuro is Continue reading
We also saw incredibly beautiful, well constructed furniture. Eric was so impressed by the precision joinery – no glue or nails! We didn’t buy any furniture this year, but we really like the Kaidan Tansu or (Japanese) Step Chest, so maybe next year!
We also saw antique clocks, a Japanese abacus, Japanese ice skates, a pair of getas, kimonos, obis, dolls, samurai swords, knives and artwork of various kinds. My personal favorite was jewelry made from broken pottery left in the wake of the tsunami. Each piece was made by a woman adversely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Our favorite second-hand store was our next stop. Looking for an inexpensive night stand, we found something else that caught our attention. We found a white metal coat rack that consisted of a vertical pole, with a circular flat halo-looking ring on top. There were little yellow/green human figurines hanging upside down on the ring, and apparently the clothing is hung on the feet/hands of the figurine (see picture)!
No luck finding a night stand, so we headed to a local mall. We found a huge sporting goods store, which we remembered having visited once before. While Eric was looking at fanny packs, I saw this little girl amusing herself making faces in a mirror while her parents were shopping for backpacks (see pictures) – she was so cute that I sort of went on a kid tangent.
There is something so charming about Japanese children with their big brown eyes and dark hair! So, with the parent’s permission, I took a couple more pictures of some real cuties as we strolled through the mall.