Monday, 26 November 2012

Junichi Nakahara and autumn colours at Hiro-o

Hello dear readers! How are you?

Today I'll show you some pictures from a lovely day out last week. Aviva had the idea to go to a park to admire the beautiful autumn leaves, and I suggested Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park, since it's close to a shop I've been wanting to visit.

The shop's name is それいゆ (Soleil) and it's the official shop for the artist Junichi Nakahara. Even if you don't know his name, it's likely you've seen some of his pictures of beautiful girls. He was producing work from the 1920s into the 1960s, as a fashion designer, illustrator and doll-maker.

Entrance of Soleil.

The shop was full of pretty things, prints, postcards, clothes made from Nakahara's designs,  useful good like umbrellas, mousemats, notebooks and so on decorated with his images. I wanted to get a book, and there were lots to choose from! Luckily the shop was not too crowded or cramped so we had time to pore over the items and decide our purchases at leisure.

I settled on a book which is a nice A4 size with lots of great pictures and a wide selection of his work. I'm sure I'll never tire of looking at it! His work captures the essence of the era in which it was made, and it's so stylish, nostalgic and sweet all at once. I even felt inspired to make some drawings of my own again (it's been ages since I drew anything properly), they are rather dreadful but I might show you sometime. 

Here's a few pages from the book:

For my outfit, of course I was inspired by Junichi Nakahara! Since I like retro style and have black hair and a short fringe, it wasn't much of a stretch for me but I was still pleased with how the outfit came out. This photo was taken in the park.

Doesn't the park look lovely? All those different shades of red, rust, amber and yellow!

People were fishing in the lake. I expect they have to throw the fish back, but it must be pretty stressful for the poor old things. But I think a lot of people come to feed them too, so it isn't all bad.

I loved this bridge!

Here's a collage of my outfit (getting a bit addicted to doing these collages) so you can see my teddy bear tights from swimmer! This outfit is more on the retro side, so I thought it would be fun to put in a cute detail like that.

Coat: Victorian Maiden
Skirt, necklace: Innocent World
Tights: Swimmer
Bag: Metamorphose
Others: Offbrand

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! See you again soon,



  1. You look gorgeous, as if you jumped out from one of Junichi's books!!
    I love his work, you're so lucky to have visited the shop!!

    Girls that glitter love the dark

    1. I'm glad to know you're a fan too! Thank you so much.

  2. The park is beautiful! I would be sitting on a bench and look to this view for a few hours and relax!
    Also, you look gorgeous as always ^^

    1. Thank you so much :)

      I love going to parks, and ones in Japan are so nicely laid out, it's very relaxing.

  3. I didn't know this artist, but I will search more informations about him because I love the drawings you showed!
    I like your outfit too: total envy for the teddy bear tights!!!
    I love autumn so much! Luckily finally it came here in Italy too, best later than never!!!

    1. That's great, I'm glad I could introduce something you like!

      I was thinking of getting the Nile Perch teddy tights, but in fact these are cuter, easier to match with my wardrobe and they were cheaper too :D

      Summer was long here too, I thought it would never end!

  4. The park looks really nice and peaceful and ahhh, your outfit is soo lovely <3 Every detail looks just perfect.


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