dolls


I neither like nor dislike dolls. They leave me cold. As a child, I was about as attracted to them as I was plastic guns. Dolls are ‘cute’ and ‘creepy’ simultaneously. Substitutes.




After being whisked away after work to a Turkish restaurant, where we listened to Madonna, and had a tearful singalong to Don’t Cry For Me Argentina with my parents via FaceTime (there was nobody else in the restaurant), we took a taxi to my birthday surprise destination : the Yokohama New Grand Hotel, a place I have always been curious about : sitting in the lobby the following morning I read that the legendary establishment at the edge of Yamashita Park had hosted General McArthur and Charlie Chaplin

the Rainbow Ballroom


coronawedding chamber
Where I nursed my hangover


The night before




After a very nice breakfast, as it was just one minute down the road, D said he wanted to go to the Yokohama Doll Museum.

It was a cold, damp morning, the yellowing zelkova trees lining the street towards the chintzy dollhouse, where we filled in contact tracing information sheets despite being the only person there aside one woman

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  1. What a beautiful hotel and wonderful birthday surprise!

  2. Nelleke Oepkes aka Booknose

    Fab pics. And hartelijk gefeliciteerd met uw verjaardag dear Ginza. And de beste wensen voor D as well with you.
    That means congrats to you and to D! Just what the doctor orders for birthdays.
    What a year!!!

  3. What an absolutely lovely treat. It is so very impressive.
    I adore dolls, and would have been in heaven at the doll museum.
    I do love all the photos, all so evocative.

  4. Tara C

    I find dolls to be either boring or sinister, depending on the sort. The hotel looks lovely though! Who knows when I will ever set foot in one again. Back in hard lockdown this week.

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