THE REVERSE SIDE HAS ITS REVERSE SIDE: CORRUPTIBLES AND INCORRUPTIBLES IN ISEZAKICHO with MUST DE CARTIER II EAU FRAICHE (PARFUMS CARTIER, 1993)

The Black Narcissus

(Guest post by Duncan)

Our meanderings around the lively entertainment district of Isezakicho in Yokohama – a long pedestrianised shopping street which leads from the historical portside town of Kannai south-westerly to the seamy Bandobashi and Koganecho neighbourhoods – often yield fabulous scent bargains, and yesterday was no exception, with Ginza bagging a rare bottle of Must de Cartier II Eau Fraiche!

In the summer, we often wait until mid afternoon to head out and we have a regular route in Isezakicho, which takes in a motley medley of junk shops, recycle boutiques, secondhand bookstores, bygone kissaten (old fashioned cafes serving industrial-strength German roast kohi), an art cinema (called Jack and Betty), and restaurants (Isezakicho is Yokohama’s Asian quarter and the best place to eat Thai and Vietnamese nosh). It’s a fascinating mishmash of trashy (bling hip hop gear, knockoff perfumes, hostess heels and lurid flounciness), highstreet bargain basements…

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  1. I remember this post. It had me aching to get to Japan and explore with the both of you. All the vintage scents will be long gone by the time I make it there I think.

    • Ah but some will keep trickling in. We will have a great night out I guarantee. It WILL still happen! Just delayed a bit…

      It’s so weird this last year (and it is not even over yet….we are not any where near getting vaccines yet and cases are rising here – the government quite ineffectual – ) but it will be within the year we hope and then by 2022 travelling might start again. I wonder how we will all look back on this time….

      At least it is mentally quieter without that Satanic ASshole eating up the airwaves every day. I do feel mentally more serene as a result – thank GOD he lost the election, seriously. My labyrinthitis was a culmination of a crescendo of work stress – which I still haven’t written about because I think I am trying to put it behind me -might put it in my book instead, an utter EXASPERATION that was intolerable, plus drinking too much and then just my brain collapsing. Right now I feel as if I have passed through to the other side a bit – more positive and with a sense of light at the end of the tunnel clarity.

      How about you?

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