Japan Market 2012
Monday May 28 2012
Yesterday my father and I went to the Japan market in Leiden again. And this year the market was again bigger and better than expected. It was an anniversary year for the market (the 5th time), and that was evident. We enjoyed a lot of Japanese delicacies that I have to try at home soon, Yakitori chicken and Takoyaki mini pancakes (by Poffernier) for example.
The participants clearly read my blogpost of last year, because this year there were lots of kawaii stuff like Hello Kitty, chopsticks, washi tape, Japanese fabrics, Maneki Neko’s, sumi-e and Kimmidolls. I was having doubts whether I would buy a mold with which you can transform a boiled egg into a bunny or a cute little bear. Too cute of course, but would I really be using it? Of course you could also go on the market for all kinds of tableware, bonzai, ikebana, martial arts and anime stuff. And many visitors were dressed in Japanese clothes, either in kawaii style or in kimono.
The temporary exhibition in the SieboldHuis didn’t do it for us this year, as it was all about fishes. And some ugly ones too! Print vendor Hotei, located in the Siebold House was unfortunately closed, I would have loved snooping around and perhaps purchasing one of the beautiful antique prints. But luckily there was a market stall with beautiful prints outside, where I purchased a 1920 woodblock print by Kitagawa Utamaro. More on that in a future blog post.
I also bought two books on the market, in the series that I used in the Japanese language courses: Japanese for busy people II and III. Two beautiful origami cards I will be framing. And two ceramic birds crane, designed to place your chopsticks on, I will try to make silver castings from. It was a beautiful, sunny and very enjoyable day with my father. Great to take home so many wonderful things to remind me of this day.
P.s. a tip if you’re ever in Leiden: follow the Leidse Loper, a walk along the most ancient and gorgeous places in the city! Don’t forget to install the app on your smartphone, as the street signs aren’t always pointing you in the right direction.
P.s.2. My iPhone did a crappy job at taking pictures in full sunlight yesterday. I’m hoping my dad’s Leica didn’t have that much trouble, so I can post some pictures of the market here later this week.
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