Japan Market in Sunny Leiden

On Sunday the 4th of Juny I attended the annual Japan Market organized by Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. I also attended last year and it was so much fun (albeit very cold because last year it fell on a cold early May Sunday)! So, of course I wanted to repeat it again this year.


I started preparing about a month in advance. Here is a new product I was making – Japanese cotton wallets.


This year I was very happy with the amount of stuff I was able to make. I did a quick test of the stall setup as I had double the amount as last year. I wanted to make sure the stall looked well-stocked but not too crowded.


And here is the result of the stall demo! In hindsight it was a bit of a flat setup and because of the huge crowd not everyone was able to take a good glance at my items. So that’s something to consider for next year.


My friend Femke helped me out during the market, so I could actually go pee and see a bit of the market myself. There were ton of really fun stalls, from bonsai to Japanese pottery. And of course the food stalls, which were all very busy right from the start.


Next to me was my studio friend Caro from Hon Original, selling her handmade notebooks, furoshiki and stamps. She shared her stall with a friend who also had the cutest accessories and was also a huge Pusheen fan like me!


Caro also had these amazing Japanese paper houses to wear as jewelry.


Another shot of the furoshiki, stamped with handmade stamps.


On the other side of my stall was Saskia from LureALure who made a selection of Japan-inspired tunics and her famous obi belts made from upcycled ties.


Overall I had another really fun Japan Market, and it definitely helped that the weather was way better than last year. See you again in 2018!


Bonus: after getting home we ate our homemade sushi that I prepared the night before (don’t worry it was all smoked salmon and vegetables).

Thank you for reading,
~ Mardie

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