after two and a half years of living here, I feel pretty adept at navigating my way through Tokyo and its bajilion public transportation options, I thought to myself one sunny Sunday afternoon in early December.
…right. if ever there was a time where I wish I could blame my misfortune on Apple Maps, this would be it – but as it were, I think I jinxed myself. I was headed to Tamagawa station and the nearby Keio Floral gardens to have a look at the Go Green outdoor crafts market with my host family, and I was pretty certain I was heading the right way. in my defence I did arrive at a Tamagawa station at the time we had agreed on – just not the right one. there are (at least) two Tamagawa stations separated by a good 16 kilometre stretch, and I had of course ended up at the wrong one.
it also goes with the story that I forgot my wallet at one station, had to go back and get it, and dropped one of my cameras before I – two and half hours later – arrived where I was supposed to be… I should have maybe just gone by bike.
in the end I did at least find my host family (bless them for waiting for me!) and we had a really nice time. the Go Green market is quite amazing in that you have these shop owners literally set up stores in the middle of this large beautiful garden; there’s every fixture you’d imagine seeing in a proper shop, with tables, and drawers and books shelves – but without walls. it’s a twice a year event, and I really hope to be able to go this spring – the Keio Floral gardens were lovely in winter, but I can’t imagine how much nicer it would be going when the weather is warmer and and flowers are in full bloom again. if you’re a lover of zakka and hand-made items living in Tokyo, you should keep an eye out for the Go Green market!