25 October 2010

Its Monday already!

I had a very busy but thoroughly enjoyable weekend because on Saturday, the first official Kimono de Jack UK took place in London.

After getting up a 07.00 and taking an hour to get dressed, I took the 08.27 train to London. Since it was so earlier, there wasn't many people out and about in Sheffield so I didn't notice any adverse reactions. Then again, seeing someone wearing a kimono is hardly the most eye-catching thing if one is living near a university.

Anyway, got to London at 10.30 roughly and went straight to the tube. Getting the tube wearing a kimono is always fun. You can occasionally catch the odd look from the other passengers who have this confused look on their faces. After getting off at Charing Cross, I made my way to Trafalgar Square, the tube station was signposted nicely however when I got to the surface I had no idea which way to go. Should I go left or right? So I decided to walk towards the biggest building that I could see which lucky for me was the National Gallery and in front of the gallery was Elizabeth (with her husband) and Lyuba.

Hong arrived a few minutes later because she went to Piccadilly Circus instead. Oh well, one can be forgetful after feeling ill and going to a concert the night before.

We waited for another 30 minutes because Lyuba mentioned that someone else would be turning up. During this time we took photos and had a good chat then as we were chatting away we noticed another soul in kimono. Surely this was our mysterious guest the Lyuba mentioned and she was!

After the usual introductions and more photos we went inside the National Gallery but we didn't stay for long because it was far too warm for us and Hong and I were not art lovers. Instead we headed for the nearest Starbucks since Lyuba was desperate for a coffee which was fine for all of us as we needed a place to have a seat down. Especially me, since my rain zori were hurting my feet.

After our little coffee break, we went to Japan Centre for a little bit of food shopping. I ended up buying a little grater for garlic and ginger and some wasabi peas (exciting I know!). Then off to Whittards of Chelsea on the same road as Japan Centre since Lyuba needed another tea fix (I think she has a tea addiction).

By this time it was around 14.00 and we were feeling a little peckish and our feets were tired but we couldn't come to London and not go into Minamoto Kitchen. Everything in that store looks all too good to eat especially the jellies.

Now we were feeling very peckish and even more tired so off we went to So Restaurants. Not sure why I suggested this restaurant, probably because it was close to Piccadilly Circus and reasonable priced. We were not disappointed in anyway, food was very nice and we were sat at the best table I have seen in ages. We were even joined by April and her husband, Kevin.

After our late lunch I had to be off because my train was 16.55 but not before some more photos for April and Kevin. Why did East Midland had to charge more for the 17.55 train!

So as Tegan and I were off to get the tube, the rest of them went off for some more shopping and the traditional Haagen Daz.

I tell you what, I was feeling very stiff the following morning because my zori had made me walk in a weird way so my poor calf muscles were stiff. I'm still feeling the pain today!

Anyway onwards to 13th November for the 2nd Kimono de Jack but this time in sensible footwear!

For photos of the day you will need to see April's and Lyuba's album on facebook.


Lyuba-chan said...

You are so MUCH BETTER at describing events! I think I need to get you to write articles for Kimono de Jack blog instead of me lol :) :)

LMAO at me and my coffee and tea addiction. I had no idea your feet were hurting :( :( :( I'm glad that we got to sit down and chat at the Starbucks :)

Bring on November! I sent out another request for UK-JAPAN 150 events, as well as posted another blog entry :) It seems like I spent the whole yesterday and today writing up about Kimono de Jack. :)

Kitty Kanzashi said...

I don't mind writing up the article for the Kimono de Jack blog. So long as everyone doesn't mind me making certain funny observations.

Nah I was wearing very tight zori and I should have brought another pair. Anyway the next time it will be fine.