Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2009/03/01 Jingumae flea market, Takeshita dori, Tokyo

On the Sunday morning before catching the train to Narita Airport, Marianne and I returned to the Harajuku district.  I thought that I knew the way to Design Festa Gallery, but my memory was faulty.  From the train station, we walked north past Takeshita Dori, and then east.  When we started up a slight incline, I figured that we were in the wrong place, and should turn south.  This led us through a residential area in Jingumae.  The lane we had picked might permit the occasional car, but seemed mostly for pedestrians.

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On this street was a large temple or church.  Christian?

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As we continued, we found a small torii, marking the entry to a common space or park.

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Sunday morning seems to have been flea market day in this neighbourhood.

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On the temporary tables, there was an assortment of pots.

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The park was surrounded by apartment towers.

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Old posters and vintage clothing might attract young bargain hunters.

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Some vendors had an odd variety of merchandise:  cameras, lighters, and knick knacks.

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Perhaps boxes could be used for gift packing, instead of wrapping paper.

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Home seamstresses might make something from the small swatches of fabrics.

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How do we make the distinction between secondhand clothes and vintage apparel?

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The dishes are reminscent of the blue plates commonly exported from China.

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This selection of prints was more professional than displays at other booths.

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Marianne looked at the selection of kimonos, but wasn’t impressed.

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We were unsure whether this vendor specialized in pots, or had a connection with a kiln.

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We emerged from the park and found ourselves on a side street beside Takeshita dori.

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Sunday morning on the street was as busy with schoolgirls, as usual.

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I wasn’t seriously lost in Tokyo, and every street is an adventure.  It’s true:  turn around a corner, and you’ll probably encounter another temple.

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