As a child I wished I could be going to a Japanese school alongside Serena Tsukino or Sakura Kinomoto, catching up with my friends at the arcade after class or meeting my brother and his friends to go to a festival at the shrine. I spent hours reading manga and daydreaming about my alternate life – it was an escape from my life as a loser at school. I don’t think I realised how much of the clothes and fashion present in anime and manga infiltrated my young brain until this trip – so much of my personal style was identical to the young girls we saw daily in Japan.
This seifuku outfit was completely serendipitous (blouse, skater skirt and trainers is my daily uniform at home) but the minute I emerged Sam exlaimed “you look like you’re going to school!”. So of course when we visited Keio University we had to take these “going to school” photos! My own school uniform was pretty boring – I would have preferred cute sailor collars and pleated skirts! We headed to Kinchi Park afterwards, a beautiful little playground filled with teenagers and kids.
The Keio Univeristy campus itself was so regal – I’m sure it was partly due to the combination of sakura bloom and intense sunshine (notice me squinting in every photo…) but the buildings seemed steeped in wisdom, authority and knowledge. It wasn’t too hard to slip back into my childhood daydreams and imagine myself chatting with friends on the walk to lectures or studying under the sakura during summer exams. I always like visiting universities when I go somewhere new – my own university meant so much to me and I suppose I’m curious about where everybody else spends their student years!
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Blouse – £4, charity shop. Cardigan – £3.50, Topshop via eBay. Cat ears – gift. Shoes – £25, Rocketdog. Skirt – £10, Urban Outfitters (sale). Socks – £2.50, Topshop (sale).
5 thoughts on “Schoolgirl”
Oh, I love seeing you amongst those pretty blossoming cherry trees! What a sight this must be and your school girl outfit is very cute on you!
I am amazed, what for a place! You are so right, it looks so regal! The sakura flowers all over, it had to be amazing! I think universities are so cool, no doubt! And you may look like a school girl, very pretty! I liked the colors and trainers, and a backpack is a must for the outfit, of course! Such a nice trip, looking forward for more posts about it!
love the shoes and backpack!! so charming! :D
Have a great week!
I had lots of imaginary lived ouside my loser at school life too! Mine were all characters I wanted to be in novels I started writing but never finished. Love the photos, the blossoms are so pretty!!
Glad to know I’m not alone! x
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