Welcome to Chicago Thrift Store. This place exceeded our expectations and tickled our imaginations. It was INSANE. Our friend Ben, who you can see in one of our pics, was taking us around Harajuku and Shibuya that day. He knew about our love for vintage clothes and he thought that we would like this place.
A bit of an understatement.
It was incredible.
Walking down the stairs into the store, you’re welcomed with that familiar smell, a smell that promises vintage treasures. Then you are struck visually by the shear mass of vintage items. Rows and rows of pants, shirts, plaid, denim dresses, floral prints, dresses from the 1950s and shifts from the 1960s, crop tee shirts, denim shorts, this place had it all!
We walked out of there with a bag filled with dresses, a pair of overalls, a skirt, and big smile of our faces having seen Japan prove, once again, why it’s such an incredible place.
And thankyou to all our darling friends who have been diligent supporters of bigpicturestuff. Talking to you, and hearing how much you love our blog means so much to us! Special thanks to Tina, Maddy, Jo and Danny who have spoken to us recently about our blog and have given us such amazing encouragement to keep going with our creativity, design and photography. Thanks so much guys!
The last few blog posts have been very travel inspired and thus I have made the decision to make a new blog category labelled ‘travel’ which will fall under the ‘photography category. Thought it was appropriate to cater for the numerous Japan blog posts and (hopefully!) future travel posts!
Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. Foxes are thought to be the sun god, Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. -sourced from Japan Guide
What struck me about the place was the vibrancy and the colour, and how cute each of the foxes were! (Were these really religious motifs? They were so cute!) Such an amazing work of human effort. Every aspect of the place was so; unique, interesting and extremely captivating as the bright colours caught your attention and amazing architecture was phenomenal.
Vess and I reached this place by bicycle, (seriously, if you ever find yourself in Kyoto, highly recommend hiring a bike and travelling around the city, one of the top highlights of our trip!) which was only a 20 min bike ride from our hostel. It was so great to actually rest our feet from the constant walking, and to use one of the most popular modesof transport of Japan! When we arrived in Japan, I was personally so surprised by the number of bikes everywhere. As well as the number of people using bicycles; young and old, ladies in high heels and police men all would casually ride throughout the city.
Ah, looking back on everything makes me long to travel again,
Hope your days were filled with wonder and new discoveries
These would have to be a few of my favourite photos from our trip. We managed to get to this island, which is just off Hiroshima, as the sun was seeking to hide away behind the clouds. It was honestly, such a beautiful experience to watch the sun falling behind the vast mountains and to view its reflection against the water as we took the Ferry (which is also covered by the JR rail pass for those who are intending to travel Japan) across to the island.
I love sunsets, especially that amazing moment, when the sun seemed to have set for the day, where the yellow turns to orange, and majority of sunset watchers have wandered away. Doesn’t sound so amazing does it? But for those who wait a little bit longer, they are met with the most stunning array of colours, depth and tones, which takes my breathe away each time. Unfortunately, I do not know much background information on the shrine or the island itself, but I know the island is named, Itsukyshima Island but is more commonly known as Miyajima Island. Sorry guys, didn’t take the time to learn much history on the place, just know that its a great hiking spot !
Hoping that you guys are enjoying the great pictures from our trip and our new blog layout! Feel free to provide feedback on what you think and what you would like to see more of. Thank you so much to everyone who has been giving us such encouraging feedback and support. Seriously, makes blogging so much more fun when you know that you have people coming along the journey with you!