Soon bride to be

What, oh. what to choose… I asked myself at least couple of times when planning my June wedding party. I am one of those spoiled brides-to-be who does not want to get married at church and in general make everything, just because I can or want to be a bit different. It is so tempting to break the rules.

Wedding dress

Not white, creamy white, not even similar to white colour. Yes, I was tempted by the common trend to look like a normal bride, but then I realised that being normal is the last adjective I would describe myself, so my dress should fit me in every single detail. It cannot be just normal, which does not mean I would love to look like a clown. Btw I have just assumed that clowns are not normal..

Of course there are plenty of shops for brides in Dusseldorf and of course I visited two of them tempted by the shop windows decorations. At some point I always admit that online choice rules. Since I abandoned the idea to look for a normal wedding dress, I started to look for long evening dresses at one of the polish websites, which actually exist also in Germany, showroom… and here is where I found an exceptional outfit from one of the Polish atelier, that two weeks ago become my wedding dress. So Szyjemy sukienki atelier is based in Warsaw in one of the nicest and centrally located districts. I am not a fashion victim neither the specialist however I would say they follow the fashion style from the 50’s.

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I was lucky I think, the silky material is just perfect and the complete form stunning, romantic and ideal for the wedding, for me, bride to be. I let other people criticise my choice and slowly getting use to the fact that I can only make myself happy for such choices.

Jewelery

Another difficult choice for someone who does not enjoy shopping. I would rather buy everything online, but I am aware of the fact that sometimes it is just too complicated not to try or touch things in real before the consumption:) I decided to follow the retro, silver trend with black stones which is just amazing. Polish brand are extremely interesting, sometimes I think it is such a shame that in countries like Germany people does not want products with more colours, fantasy, quirkiness. Kruk jewellery has it all.

Shoes

I can only say TO BE CONTINUED as even if I know exactly what I want, I cannot easily get it. I found a lot of inspiration on US or Australian brand websites like:

Grace loves lace

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Shoes with lace, stones, not too tall, but my question is, where can I find them in Germany?

Hairstyle

Braided braided braided midhair braided. Nothing more!

For sure I learned that it is good to believe your first feeling about the choices you want to make. My wedding dress is the best example and other wedding outfit choices proof it. The only thing I truly avoid during wedding party preparation is to look at Pinterest  as it is a never ending story and at the end you loose your precious passing through one theme to another and at the end you realise you do not even look at the wedding outfits:)!

 

Quirky food in Japan

The more you fight with any obsessions the more of them you get. Onigiri – not only a perfect breakfast idea, but also a great snack with various fillings. Anytime.

Onigiri - Japanese sandwich
Onigiri – Japanese sandwich
Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying food in Japanese supermarkets, for example as Lawson, is a fantastic adventure, since unless you do not know Japanese language and food, there is no way to guess what are you choosing. Surely you can judge by a smell, texture or consistency, however, trust me, it is not obvious. But it is fun for sure so I recommend to everyone to play this game and enjoy the results.

My big dream was to visit Japanese ice cream shop with fancy, quirky and not obvious flavours. Actually instead of looking for something very unique and not for the masses, I tried quite known brand in Okinawa Naha, Blue seal. Enough to try something new among flavours like: Ryukyu Milk tea, Shiiquasa Sherbet, Ube, my favourite Beni-imo, Okinawa Salt cookies, Okinawa Ta-imo cheesecake, Choco Matcha.

Blue seal - Okinawa, ice cream and more
Blue seal – Okinawa, ice cream and more
Okinawa icecream - Blue seal
Okinawa icecream – Blue seal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beniimo was my favourite. I guess I was not the only one with such opinion as Okinawa people decided to make most of the sweets with Beniimo feeling. Do not think there is any enormous magic behind this name, as Beni Imo means sweet potato. Bit this is what I love in Japan, the they can use very simple ingredients to prepare a fabulous meal.

Pineapple everywhere not always with a pen
Pineapple everywhere not always with a pen
Beniimo - sweet purple potato
Beniimo – sweet purple potato

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lactic acid drink was one of the worst surprises at least for me.  Strange, however refreshing during warm Okinawa nights or afternoon flights to Tokyo.

Lactic acid drink
Lactic acid drink

3 biggest suprises in Tokyo

When I came back from Japan my friend asked me what surprised me there the most?

Gardens along the river

It might sound a little but corny, but I realized I have never taken a water bus in any city i visited. As usual I suspect there must be something exciting to focus on there. In general, Tokyo with its perfectly planned urban space has a lot to offer to the curious travelers. Since I was using metro almost the whole time in Tokyo, a water bus was a nice change. I took a trip from Hamarikyu Gardens in the very south of the city to the northern Asakusa.

What I found extremely attractive was how the nature is composed with the housings and streets. With all the massive housing across the city there are so many green spaces, gardens, parks. Between Hamarikyu Gardens and Asakusa, along the river, there are amazing green mini-alleys, probably also for pedestrians, cyclists:

  • Azumabashi Park
  • left shore of Sumida river, near to Binji bridge
  • both shores from  Binji bridge till Bashoinari Shrine
  • green area close to Tokaiinari Shrine
  • many more, however it is not obvious the find the names:)

Silence in the metro

Yes. Stay calm and keep silence says Japanese savour vivre. What a wonderful feeling. However how painful it is to go outside the metro, especialy if you go directly to a shopping mall:) What is even more interesting is that you should not eat there, well you should not eat outside in general. With such enormous choice of restaurants it is not that difficult.

Sings in the trains with hilarious English translations

That is definitely something to observe when entering a train in Tokyo. In most of the ads and train signs you will see animals (probably pandas or cats) or funny creatures instead of people. It really reminds of comics.

Panda signs in Japan metro
Panda signs in Japan metro
Cat signs in Japanese metro
Cat signs in Japanese metro