Posts Tagged ‘Yoyogi’

Out and about in Golden Week

Posted 05 May 2010 — by Andy in Tokyo
Category Japan, Photography, Tokyo

On the Chuo line to Shinjuku:

Yoyogi Park on a Sunday morning:

Yoyogi park on a Sunday morning

In the woods in Yoyogi Park:

Yogogi park

Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu:

Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu

Running through the quiet streets of Tokyo’s western suburbs:

Typical suburban street in west Tokyo

People taking it easy under a tree in Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa:

Showa Kinen Park - tree

And people taking it not so easy:

Showa Kinen Park - Mucking About

Shunbun no hi

Posted 18 Mar 2010 — by Andy in Tokyo
Category Events, Only in Japan, Photography, Tokyo, Weather

This coming Sunday is shunbun no hi, or Vernal Equinox Day. Traditionally, on this day Japanese people would visit their ancestral graves and hold family reunions. These days, however, they are more likely to visit Starbucks and hold rat-like Chihuahuas.

Shunbun no hi also marks the beginning of spring. It won’t be long before coats are consigned to the wardrobe and t-shirts once again become acceptable outdoor attire. Fantastic.

For all you avid cherry-blossom watchers out there, sakura trees in Tokyo are expected to flower from the 24th March, and should be in full bloom on around the 1st April. Probably the best place for hanami (lit. “flower watching”) in Tokyo is Shinjuku Gyoen, which is pictured above in its late summer guise. It’s a tranquil green oasis in an otherwise concrete-filled desert. Yoyogi and Ueno parks are also good bets, but whatever you do, don’t bother with Inokashira Park in Kichijoji – it’s absolutely rubbish, you’d hate it.

Meiji Jingu’s 50th Anniversary Bash

Posted 01 Nov 2008 — by Andy in Tokyo
Category Events, Only in Japan, Photography, Tokyo

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Meiji Jingu‘s reconstruction the monks with the funk decided to go mental with an enormous lantern display near Harajuku station:

Everyone was desperately trying to take some decent photos:

The flower arranging displays on offer inside the shrine itself were rather lame by comparison: