Isle of dogs

· Fashion

You know how I like the movies from Wes Anderson, don’t you? I was pretty spoiled as I got the chance to attend the premiere screening before the official release on April 11th, and as expected I really enjoyed it.

Japan, Wes Anderson, stop-motion animated movie, detailed sceneries, cute dogs… the perfect mix to spend a good time.

 

A japanese kind of Sunday

“Daimyo, seigneurs de la Guerre au Japon” 3 part exhibition ( here at Guimet museum)

 

And this weekend, as my SO couldn’t make it to watch it the first time, I decided to watch it with him a second time (this time with french voices… to compare with the original version in English).

Our Sunday plan was almost fully Japanese as we combined the “Isle of dogs” with a “Daimyo, seigneurs de la guerre au Japon” exhibition about the powerful lords Daimyo at the Guimet museum, just to remain into the Japanese ambiance.

 

So here are a few shots taken during this visit, to plunge back into the XV-XIXth century with these Japanese warriors, to admire their armors, helmets and ornaments with so many mind-blowing details.

 

“Le corps analogue”: 3rd part of the Daimyo exhibition, by George Henry Longly at Palais de Tokyo

 

About my outfit, nothing very sophisticated on my side with this heat: I was proudly wearing my Teeshirt from the movie and I couldn’t refrain myself to take a few characters for a walk during this Sunday afternoon. (English translation by Quiterie)


My Outfit

Tee-shirt “Boss” Isle of Dogs (gifted by 20th Century Fox)
Jeans ASOS (already seen here)
Flats Mango (already seen here)

Earrings Mango (already seen here)
Watch Cluse

Eyebrow crayon Brow Drama Pomade « Châtain » Maybelline NY
Mascara “Volume effet faux cil Waterproof” YSL
Lipstick “Authentique 302 Mademoiselle” Rouge Baiser
Nailpolish “Red Apple” Color Show Maybelline NY

Five senses #8

· Decoration, Fashion, Food

Let’s start a new episode of Five Senses to discover what delighted my senses lately.

 

SMELL

Raincoat Rains (already seen here)
Lotso bag Tokyo DisneySea
Minnie ears Tokyo Disneysea

 

For those who don’t know Lotso, my favorite character from Disney/Pixar, you might not understand the link between this outfit and the smell… but it’s actually easy! Because the evil bear from Toy Story smells like strawberry!

I brought back this small bag from Tokyo DisneySea (as well as these pink and sparkling Minnie ears) and I didn’t hesitate to wear the colors of Lotso during the week at Disneyland Paris.

The occasion to wear once again my pink rain coat you already saw here. Unfortunately, my bag doesn’t smell strawberry (unlike the cuddle toy!) but the scent of popcorn and other yummy things the park could provide!

 

TOUCH

During my winter trip in Japan, you followed my Instastories and advised me (thanks Angie!) to try out the white bread from Hokkaido because I was there: extremely soft and subtle taste… Really Japanese know how to do things!

Back to Paris, on the way to the bakery “Carré Pain de mie” located in Rambuteau street and specialized in white bread made with flour from Hokkaido. The owner Michie Hasegawa is actually Japanese.

 

Plates Wear Lemonade x Monoprix & Habitat
Trivet Serax
Wooden table AM.PM

 

So I went there last weekend to choose the  “Motchi motchi Sattori”  Japanese white bread (they also have more ‘occidental’ ones : the “Sakkuri”) and I was not disappointed at all. The price is more expensive than ones from supermarket (€8) but the softness and sweetness worth it.

It’s perfect to enjoy it plain but I also tried to toast it with a pan and added cheddar (easy for this recipe). The following day, I decided to make ‘croque-monsieur’ and it was delicious!

I will definitely go back to this bakery to try their sandwiches with pork in breadcrumbs, they looked very promising.

 

SIGHT

Two weeks ago, my heart of starry-eyed girl was fulfilled by this “Dawson’s creek” meet up organized by the Entertainment Weekly magazine: all the actors from my favorite tv show reunited after 20 years!

 

They got old (except Busy Phillips who didn’t changed much and Michelle Williams who, in my opinion, really looks better with the time) but what an emotional moment to see them posing and chatting all together, and to be present during this video interview!

I loved so much the warm hug between Jen and Jack, the jokes of Dawson alias James van der Beek (which is much funnier in the real life compared to his character at that time!) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) still himself, full of charm!

 

Photos credits : Mark Hom for Entertainment Weekly

 

What a shame they didn’t invite Dawson’s parents to this reunion, because they also had a big part in this tv show! Now, I feel like I want to watch again the 6 seasons (I’m already season 2!).

As I was saying in these articles here and here, some people don’t really understand my passion but I think (even more with original voices, because french voice version was sometimes censored and a bit silly) this tv show knew how to talk about teenagers, without detour, and with a sensitivity but still straight to the point and a quite realistic scenario.

Even after 20 years it’s still quite relevant (maybe a bit outmoded in terms of cloths but scarcely!).

 

HEARING

Coffee cup Serax
CD Album ” Bad Blood” by Bastille
Golden spoon AM.PM

 

For the past 5 years, I’m still a huge fan of Bastille. I already attended 3 (or 4?) live performances and even got the chance to meet them backstage, totally randomly during a festival, here in 2013. On top of being talented, they are vey nice and I convinced them to pronounce a love declaration in French. But it’s not the point of today’s few words.

The band i currently doing a Tour in UK, for a new orchestration and genuine version of their songs, along with violons, pianos and chorals.

Unfortunately they didn’t plan to cross The Channel so we can enjoy the show too: so I’m dreaming about a “Reorchestrated Tour” album to be on sale after.

In the meantime, I’m comforting myself with YouTube and a few musical extracts, quickly recorded but we can give a quick glance at their performance. This video from 2017 in the Capitol studio shows the emotional potential of a more authentic orchestrated version. I’m melting.

 

TASTE

Platycodons shoots with sesame sour cream at la Taverne de Zhao

 

If you follow my social media channels, you may have seen this video shoot at Hereyoua.re in order to try out 6 asian addresses in Paris (5 restaurants and 1 tea room).

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the result of our yummy marathon. It was extremely cold that day, and I hadn’t fully recovered from the flu but I really enjoyed and had fun with Julien and Sydney (behind the camera).

 

We filmed all the sequences during one afternoon (yes I know, we have large appetites!) and I must admit that I didn’t have dinner at night, just a cup of green tea. But it was so nice to pretend to be food testers!)

So here are the 6 places by order of preference: Sanukiya, Pontochoux, Happa Teï, Umami Matcha Café, Bangkok street food, La taverne de Zhao.

The Chinese restaurant is the last one because I had the occasion to go back again after the shooting and that day apart from the platycodons shoots with sesame sour cream, nothing very exceptional (but still OK).

 

Yuzu tart from Umami matcha Café

 

As per the Umami matcha café, I also went back and the matcha cheese cake is good without being exceptional. The yuzu tart is really the best at this place.

Sanukiya (its udons and its agedashi tofu) and Pontochoux both deserve the top of the ranking in term of taste. Let me know your thought if you decide to try it too! (English translation by Quiterie)

Hanayashiki park

· Fashion, Food, Illustration, Travel

Let’s continue our Japanese trip to Tokyo and the neighborhood of Asakusa, as I want to tell you about this amusement park hidden behind the Senso-ji temple. Nothing compared to the size of Tokyo Disneyland, but it still has a lot of charm, such as it was coming from another time.

Amusement park lovers, you may enjoy this totally vintage place. We decided to spend quite some time during the day and loved it. So here are a few informations to enjoy this “back to childhood” day.

 

The oldest amusement park in Japan

Pandas in front of the “House of surprises” attraction

 

The Hanayashiki Park was created in 1853. Originally a botanical park, it has changed over the year from a zoo to become what it is now.

 

Some might find the decoration a bit tacky… but it’s actually what makes its charm: an outdated and colorful touch which honor the childhood and its small pieces of happiness.

 

The entrance ticket

 

Opening and closing times change pretty much everyday but overall it’s open from 10:00am to 6:00pm. If you want to try all the attractions it might be smart to spend the day but the most important is to take your time. It’s mostly the ambiance that is particularly nice.

You need to pay an entrance ticket (1000¥ for adults and 500¥ for kids) then, inside, you need to buy tickets to access the attractions.

 

A book of 11 tickets cost 1000¥ and the unlimited one cost 2300¥ per person, knowing that one attraction usually requires in average 2 to 5 tickets. Do the math!

We purchased two books of 11 tickets and we were able to do what we wanted, especially as a lot of rides are made for young kids.

 

The Attractions

The “roller coaster”

 

We didn’t try out everything but I think we did the essentials. Do not look for attractions that will take your breath away in this park: everything is old style and relatively artisanal.

There are some crazy rides (such as the Space Shot where your drop from the top of a tower, the Disk-O which turns and goes back and forth on a rail or Little Star which rotates around an axis and itself = I skipped these ones as I can’t stand these kind of “pleasures”) but overall everything is smooth.

 

Will you dare the Little Star or the Space shot ride ? (…For my part,  I prefer the boatride)

 

House of surprises : an old-fashion attraction, which I won’t detail much as the fun comes from the surprises inside (teasing time!)

Thriller Car : also old-fashion ghost train. I was so scared that someone could quietly come out in the dark that I screamed the whole time, but actually the Japanese didn’t hire anyone to do so.

 

Scary things are just one step away from recklessness !

 

Roller Coaster : a “beginner” ride to go around the park: no thrill but still fun.

 

Carnival : The ride looking like a caterpillar (only my SO tried it as we only had 2 tickets left)

Game Plaza : arcade game where we spent quite some time. Here you must directly pay at the machine.

Hammer to smash beavers coming out of a hole, musical drum, basket ball: nothing very spectacular but if you are easily entertained, it might keep you busy for a while.

 

 

There are other attractions which may be only for Japanese speakers (such as a a haunted house and a haunted mansion which apparently require an audio headset) and the rest is really made for kids. You just need to choose!

 

Funfair food

Hot bánh bao !

 

The funfair food stands are always part of the childhood things we love.

On the list in this park, the classical cotton candies, popcorns, crepes but also a few Asian alternatives such as ramen and takoyaki (at the Kiki and Bakezona food court). I even found Bánh Bao (“nikkuman” in Japanese) so I was happy!

 

French fries from Fukushima 😉

 

There is also a restaurant named Furoru upstairs, famous for its potatoes (I didn’t have time to try but let me know!). A lot of other food stands around the park so you shouldn’t be hungry… especially with these giant French fries!

 

I hope you may want to try visiting this amusement park a bit hidden in the streets of Asakusa after reading this article.

Anyway, the strong point of this park is also the souvenir shop at the exit, which is full of small treasures such as Magical girls for the nostalgic ones like me (Creamy Mami, Pastel Yumi, Magical Emi…). You can’t say I didn’t warn you! (English translation by Quiterie)


My Outfit

Coat Munich (bought in Tokyo)
Cashmere turtleneck La Redoute
Pants Uniqlo
Sneakers Stan Smith Adidas

Earrings Les Partisanes
Watch “La Vedette” Cluse

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