With the Summer in full swing, the girls at Beulah have been making the most of the long summer days – planning their holiday ‘escapes’ from London as well as enjoying long weekend getaways. This week, we ask Caroline about her recent trip to Japan and South Korea….
What is your role at Beulah?
C: Head Creative Pattern Cutter
How long have you been at Beulah?
C: 2 years
What drew you to Japan/Korea?
C: It was a dream trip that I’ve been wanting to go on for about 20 years. I love the culture of Japan & my husband wanted to see the new technology of South Korea
Where to stay..?
C: In South Korea we stayed in the city centre Seoul in Myeong-Dong & Gangnam districts which are full of life. In Japan we stayed in Tokyo in the district of Shinjuku although travelled to see every district which were full of lights, noise, food and a general overload of every sensor! We also travelled to Mount Fuji and stayed nearby in Hakone. Then later on to Kyoto, the original capital where we stayed in the geisha capital Gion which is bursting with culture and beautiful landscapes and then onto Osaka further west.
What are you must pack holiday items…?
C: My absolute must is my Beulah blue heart canvas bag which goes with me everywhere! It’s great for market shopping, the beach and even as hand luggage! It hold everything. I also love my Sabitri dress that wins for any occasion. You never know when you have to dress up for that special event and the Sabitri ticks all the boxes!
Something ever vistor must see/do?
C: When you’re in Tokyo you must visit The Tsukiji Fish Market to try out and taste some of the world’s tastiest & freshest sushi made right before your eyes! The Meiji Shrine in Tokyo was also breath taking! In Kyoto visit Gion the geisha district and walk around the cobbled streets to spot them walking around 4pm every day.
Best way to spend an afternoon?
C: If it’s a sunny day spend the afternoon lazing around in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park which is a free park full of stunning Japanese gardens and lakes with indoor tropical gardens too. Or the Meiji shrine nearby! If it’s a rainy day (it rains a lot in Tokyo) visit the amazing shopping districts in Tokyo and a must is visiting Takeshita Dori Street which is very busy with teenage fashion and culture. A very interesting place to people watch!
Best local dish?
C: In Kyoto there is an amazing little eating hole called Chao Chao which an amazing Gyoza dumpling restaurant!! And you can’t go there and not try the local fresh sushi!!
Best place to shop?
C: Omotesando Hills in Shibuya district is a great little area of coffee shops & boutiques behind the main shopping street where you’ll find some amazing finds!
Would you return?
C: It’s not a very relaxing holiday, more of an experience! It certainly has a massive tick on my bucket list and what an amazing experience it’s been! I’m glad I went for sure but I might opt for a beach resort next year!