Sendai sakura are definitely worth it if you’d like to prolong your sakura needs. After Tokyo and Kyoto’s sakura season is finished Sendai’s sakura season is still going on. After Tokyo’s blossoms fall off I’m usually left with a pink flower shaped hole. Or like last year the sakura forecast was off and I missed most of Tokyo’s blossoms and instead went to Matsumoto (previous post) and also went to Fukushima and Sendai.

There are three parks in Sendai proper that have sakura: Mikamine Park, Tsutsujigaoka Park, and Nishi Park. I chose visiting Tsutsujigaoka Park (榴ヶ岡) because it’s so close to Sendai station. You can actually just walk it in 20 minutes from Sendai station, or take the train to Tsutsujigaoka station(榴ヶ岡駅) on the Senseki JR line (仙石線).

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The classic vision of cherry blossoms: pink and frilly

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Ohanami indeed. A perfect setting for flower viewing.

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This kid knows what’s up. Best part of weeping sakura, you can touch them easily.

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Since sakura viewing is a drinking pastime alcohol companies provide free lanterns to parks as advertisements.

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This is now my twitter background. Perfect sakura.

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People go crazy over the traditional Somei Yoshino sakura trees. But I’m gaga for the weeping sakura known Shidarezakura. To me it looks like they’re hugging all the revelers.

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The weeping sakura curtain.

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Lots of cute festival food stalls up at the edge of Tsutsujigaoka Park.

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Cost of seeing these blossoms once you hit Sendai station? 0 yen!

Sendai is a really nice place to visit and closer to Tokyo than you may think, it’s only a 95 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo station. Kyoto gets horribly packed for sakura season and if you’d like a calmer vibe Fukushima, Matsumoto and Sendai are all very good alternatives and have later seasons.

If you’re trying to see more sakura post the Tokyo bloom I really recommend the Fukushima and Sendai experience. You can actually do both in a one-night hotel overnight stay in Sendai (whose hotel rooms are much cheaper than Osaka or Kyoto). From Tokyo head to Fukushima spend your day there (I have a sakura post coming up about them and it’s worth it!) and then train to Sendai. The next day see Sendai sakura and other amusements and then shinkansen out.

Although the tragic earthquake and tsunami of 2011 was originally known as the Sendai quake, there is no damage to witness or radiation danger in Sendai or Fukushima when going to the main tourist spots or just out and about in both cities. But they could absolutely use your tourist dollars, so why not see them? They have a lot to offer, especially in sakura season.

I’m planning to go back this year, but actually to see the burgeoning tourist boom of Sendai’s fox village. Then I hope to check even more sakura.

 

If you missed any previous sakura posts on the Doll check them out here I’ve got a fourth in a series of sakura foods posts coming up too.  :hearts3:

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Another Sly girl to add to the list! I feel like I’m snapping some of the most cooly casual girls. Like I said in my Sly Japan fall post the shop staff are always simple stylish.

 

-brace yourself Mitsu rants-

 

Walking through Shibuya 109 recently I was a bit disgusted (disheartened maybe a better word) to be honest. For a lot of reasons but the one centric to this post is the brand originality dying.

It feels like three factions of clothing have developed in Shibuya 109. The three being:  OneegyaruLarme-kei and Normcore basics.

I’m happy for Oneegyaru even if some of the trends get repetitive in so many stores that carry it now (Datura, Lip Service, Rienda, Delyle Noir, MARS, Golds Infinity, Sneep Dip and that’s not counting the discount brands). I mean which floral onepiece do you choose? But I mostly bought from Oneegyaru brands so I’m hate free.

I also really like the wide style range of Larme-kei and glad the youth are getting something to have fun with. And there’s a lot of brand originality with Swankiss, Honey Cinammon, Liz Lisa and Kokokim all serving really different looks.

 

But Normcore Basics…

All the side eye.

I don’t care who you have modeling it, or how pretty your shop staff are. It’s a plain cotton shirt and a basic khaki trench. It’s boring. There’s barely a print in sight. And in the hyper-competitive world of Japanese youth fashion how are you distancing yourself? You’re Zara at a higher price point.

I seriously wonder what has made so many brands look at Zara and Forever 21 and H&M encroaching into Japan and thought the way to to beat them is to look exactly like them. #idgi

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Egoist | Spiral Girl | Envy M – basics

I’m so shocked how many brands are swayed by it. Spiral Girl and Egoist being the worst offenders. And sure… I like basics but how do you decide to buy your basics from one store and not the other? I feel like I’m getting philosoraptor up in here. These shops are bound to close or just slowly fade away…away…away…  

3rd by Vanquish recently closed and it was a basics offender.

 

So that was my rant. And there’s a point coming to it.

My point is Sly and Moussy have been serving up simple cool style with a focus on basics for a while, but they do it differently and have done it since before the Zara/F21/H&M boom into Japan. They do it by original prints, great shoes, and big jewelry (you can see both in the background of these photos).

So while the Sly girl may jump into F21 for her basics, she may top it off by cool Sly shoes or a printed top. Sly and Moussy have been doing what they’ve been doing for years and it’s successful!

 

-and finally Mitsu has stopped ranting-

 

And their printed tops was the reason I stepped into the Sly at Sendai Forus. I found a fun top I really wanted but wanted it in the most popular color of black. It had sold out at every Sly store I checked from Shibuya109 to Osaka Shinsaibashi OPA. Thankfully it was available at Sendai Forus and I was also able to snap this gorgeous shop staff.

 

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Sly and Moussy have been known for their denim for years. This girl pulls off white denim with style.

And so much styling skill. The pushed up sleeves, the way her jacket hits just at the right level. Black shoes to not distract from the all-white look.

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And behind her stylish frame is lots of prints and fun mix and match styles.

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Excellent fitted denim always look good season to season.

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I loved her make-up. Great thick cat-eye, pink lipstick, subtle lashes, 3-tone circle lens, flat brows. Everything that’s popular right now.

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Lens, lashes a blonde and some great styling. She’s a gal, just a more simple cool-Onee one. As usual I try to tag all my short haired shop staff I’ve taken photos of. Either short hair or short hair gyaru. Feel free to check the tags to hunt down some short hair inspiration.  :hearts3:

Sly for Spring part 2

I previously talked about their Western Boho style for Spring, but these new offerings on their webstore are more typical Sly.

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The popular knee-length skirt trend this season done in a bold print.

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Crazy printed phone case that sold out immediately.

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Every season Sly does fun retro printed shirts. This one is called “Eat the Donut”  :heartcat:

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Sleeveless A-line swing dress a very popular style for spring.

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Sly doing really good beyond-the-basics denim.

Need more shop staff posts? I’ve got you covered 

Need more Sly? Always room for more Onee-cool

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