Monsters, mangas and Murakami

· Art

The « Japonismes » event is finally over, which I greatly regret because I’ve loved discovering these exhibition about Japan during a few months

However, here is a bit of extra as last weekend I visited for the very first time the « Musée en herbe » museum to discover the « Monsters, mangas and Murakami » exhibition.

 

Le musée en herbe

Astro Boy” book cover by Osamu Tezuka

 

This museum is mostly dedicated to kids but somehow I am still one, no? Anyways, if you have children you want to keep busy during weekends or holidays, I recommend you to take them there: there is something for everyone.

Indeed, during the visit, I was discreetly listening the guided tour for the kids and thought it could be fun to follow it as well!

“Mr Dob” by Takashi Murakami et traditional japanese masks

 

The main theme of this exhibition is about monsters, robots and mostly TakashiMurakami –the king of Kawaii -pieces of art, which allows different people from 7 to 77 years old to get interested in various degrees.

Kids will be amused by the multiples colours, robots, DIY daisy flowers, monsters to hunt with whoopee cushions (don’t judge me if I am telling you that I wanted to hunt too).

Andy Warhol Vs Takashi Murakami

 

The adults (the real ones) will be more interested in the nostalgia of the few old boards of anime from Osamu Tezuka or Jirō Taniguchi and will note how Murakami got inspired by the flowery pieces of art from Andy Warhol.

The exhibition is pretty short (about 4 rooms if I remember well) but still interesting to see if you like Japanese culture, its monsters and the pieces of Takashi Murakami, the famous Warhol from the country of rising sun. (English translation by Quiterie)

 

“MONSTRES, MANGAS & MURAKAMI”
at Le Musée en herbe
23 Rue de l’Arbre Sec
75001 Paris
(until September 22nd 2019)

Blossom

· Fashion

I am really pleased about the very warm comments I got regarding my Paris Hanami map, even though since last week the trees most probably suffered a bit due to the wind and the rain in the capital.

However, it was such a pleasure last weekend with the sun and because it isn’t really the case anymore, let me post a few pictures of a « true » spring day. This outfit is the symbol of my basic spring outfit and I hope to wear it again soon!

Once again, nothing new but here’s a new look made of things I’ve already got and -you’ve already know how I work- my feedbacks about these pieces that have survived to the last dressing sorting :

 

  • My H&M trench : From 2014, it was quite successful when it was on sale and you might also still have it with you. Even though I haven’t gone to H&M or Zara for a while, I haven’t regretted this purchase, which has remained the same along the years: machine-washable but requires a bit of patience to iron due to the numerous folds.
  • My Boden Tshirt : (2016) you can’t fully see it but it’s a white basic shirt made in cotton with 3/4 sleeves. The cut is not perfect but I wear it anyway as I haven’t found the perfect long sleeves white shirt. If you have any advices…
  • My Cyrillus pants : I’ve got them since last September. I love the cut and it’s very comfy but I actually wouldn’t recommend them in terms of quality of the fabric because it bubbles with the friction. Thankfully you can’t really see it as it’s black but I am not fully satisfied. Too bad.
  • My Mango flats : I’ve got them since 2017. Unequalled confort and minimalist look that I love. This being said, the leather has started cracking even though I’ve done a good maintenance. It will depend on how long I can keep them but I can’t imagine the day I will have to throw them away. So, must be taken care of. I am actually hesitating to buy an extra pair because Mango sale them again this year = you can imagine how much I love them).
  • My Zac Posen bag : Since 2016, it isn’t 100% convenient due to its small size but the unusual shape is a plus. I don’t wear it often and mostly keep it for special occasions such as « parties », when it only contains my lipstick and two tissues. We can also insert a wallet but you’ll need a tote bag for the rest.

 

So here is the kind of simple outfit I like wearing. My lazy method is all about adding spicy touches with accessories (here, earrings and bag), so that I don’t get bored of my minimalist outfit. All is about the accessories ! (English translation by Quiterie)

 

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My Outfit

Trench H&M (2014) (already seen here and here)
Tee-shirt Boden (2016)
Pants Cyrillus (already seen here)
Flats Mango (2017) (already seen here and here)
Bag Zac Posen (2016) (already seen here and here)

Earrings Soko (already seen here)
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My Hanami map in Paris

· Illustration, Travel

I had this map idea after scrolling all the pictures of cherry blossoms on my Instagram feed.

I am always so excited to see this pastel pink blooming and most especially since I traveled to Japan during Hanami season in 2014. There, it’s really the celebration of the awakening of the nature and all the festive and poetic coming along.

When we don’t get the chance to go to Japan but still want to discover this spirit and magic, what can we do? Enjoying our own Japan touch in Paris!

 

The best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris

Thanks to your precious help, I prepared a list of the best cherry blossoms spots and drew a map. Obviously this list is not exhaustive but you can add up your favourite places in the comment area: it will be added to our list!

Be careful, following the visit last Wednesday of most of the places mentioned, some of the cherry trees are either already done blooming or haven’t started yet. Only one gust of wind, rain or other climatic variations can make them change quickly!

My advice before going to the spot is to check on Instagram if the cherry trees are blooming or not ! (Do not forget to read the caption: some people posts pictures from last years!)

Here are the pictures taken during my Hanami stroll in Paris to illustrate a few places: I highly recommend this kind of walk to be amazed, take some time to observe the nature and disconnect from the tumult of the city. I really enjoyed that day.

 

1. LE JARDIN DES PLANTES

I have never seen the famous and impressive Japanese cherry tree during spring season: I didn’t regret the stop!! It’s really the attraction of the park. On its side the pink cherry tree is looking like extra but with them together, the mix is looking magical.

 

2. TROCADERO GARDEN AND AROUND THE EIFFEL TOWER

Unfortunately no cherry blossoms blooming but it remains a nice spot to take photos. Even thought the place is now so secured and crowded it became bot as nice as it used to.

 

3. NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, SQUARE JEAN XXIII

To my opinion, based on the state of the trees when I stopped by last Wednesday, in a few days it will be full bloom. So let’s check to catch the imminent blooming!!

 

4. THE SAINTE PERINE PARK

My favourite spot to take pictures (I’d already done a few here here and here). I’ve haven’t gone yet this year but I think the big cherry tree has already started blooming.

 

5. JARDIN DES COMBATTANTS DE LA NUEVE

I already took pictures here in this little square hidden nearby the city hall and while I was walking, I end up by myself in front of this beauty, like in a pink cocoon in the middle of Paris.

 

6. MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK

When I went there blossoms were already done a few weekend before but I can imagine the beauty of this place the D-Day and also a good address to enjoy the shadow of the cherry trees.

 

7. SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY

The perfect instagramable spot !

 

8. JARDIN ANNE FRANK

9. JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

10. LA COULÉE VERTE RENÉ DUMONT

11. CIMETIÈRE DU PÈRE LACHAISE

12. SQUARE GABRIEL PERNÉ

13. SQUARE RENÉ VIVIANI

14. SQUARE DES SAINT SIMONIENS

15. SQUARE HELOISE ET ABELARD

16. PLACE ST FERDINAND

17. FALGUIÈRE

18. SQUARE DE LA MONTGOLFIERE

 

At the gates of Paris

PARC DE SCEAUX

As surprising it might sound, I’ve never been during Hanami season: apparently they are planning a “Hanami” event during the Easter weekend: a good opportunity to enjoy a picnic there, isn’t it? (I guess people with agoraphobia shouldn’t do it!)

PARC DE BILLANCOURT

 

Enjoy this ephemeral Sakura season in Paris. And I hope this article will inspire you for strolls and picnic while giving a Japanese touch to our capital! (English translation by Quiterie)

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