Last weekend, I went to Yoyogi park for the Indian festival. Lots of delicious curry and chai to be had there! I mostly went for the food, but there were also people doing performances and signs everywhere telling you to travel to India. And some stalls selling things other than food such as clothes and books and DVDs. It was by far the most diverse crowd I’ve been in since I’ve been in Tokyo. Japanese people, Indian people and a lot of other diverse groups people as well.
The sign next to this said, 'folk art'
Chai Bar. something they should have everywhere, in my opinion.
A quick note: I’m moving tomorrow and I’m not sure when I will next have internet access, so I’m not sure when I will post next. But, hopefully, I can have internet set up soon and be back to posting often.
I visited the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno recently. It’s not a very large museum, but it’s pretty cheap to go visit. I paid 130 yen, which is a little over a dollar. Also, the 20th century section is under construction, so I didn’t see that part. I couldn’t take pictures inside, but here are some pictures of the statues outside the museum.
A photographer finds an interesting angle for her shot
I came across this store with an…interesting name. (Actually, I walked right past it without noticing it somehow, but my friend pointed it out to me.)
I think it was a clothing store (?).
Anyway, because the name is something inappropriate for children to see. I will link to the picture instead of posting it directly.
To see the picture, click here.
In Japan, in the summer, there are fireworks displays put on often by different towns and wards of the city. But, people also buy fireworks and shoot them off on their own. We decided to shoot off some fireworks for our friends who just left town the other day. So, we researched fireworks stores and found out that 3 train stops away from us is where a lot of the fireworks stores are. We went there and found the nearest fireworks store to the station and got a variety of fireworks for not too much money. It’s the end of the fireworks season, so everything was on sale.
The place we shot the fireworks from was kind of a long walk from where we’re staying, but it was a great spot to shoot fireworks. It’s on a river and slightly set back from any buildings or streets, so we were less likely to bother anyone there.
color changing sparklers...after the color had left.
In the US, I only ever saw one flavor of Kit Kats. Just plain chocolate. But in Japan, they have more variety in their flavors.
Petit Stawberry Kit Kats
White Chocolate Kit Kat
Muscat of Alexandria Kit Kats
Roasted Tea Kit Kats
Caramel Pudding Kit Kats
Caramel Macchiato McFlurry Kit Kats
Yet more pictures from Ueno park. I took quite a lot of pictures there I guess.
I actually went back to Ueno Park this morning because everything was closed last time. This time, the park was very different. The last time I went, the park was fairly empty and serene, but today, it was absolutely packed. Little kids running around everywhere chasing pigeons. More street performers than last week, with bigger audiences. A street fair was going on and they were selling lots of ceramics as well as other odds and ends and food, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Anyway, back to the pictures of the more deserted park I saw last week.
totem pole. I have no idea why it's there, but it is.
Cat stalking through the bushes.
camouflaged vending machine
Waiting under the weeping willows
bike at the gate to a shrine
police officers on patrol
More pictures from Ueno Park.
Small shrine for Hiroshima and Nagasaki
More pictures from Ueno Park.
The Police Box at Ueno park. Police boxes are all over the city, there to watch over every little neighborhood.
Police boxes are a good place to go for directions, since Tokyo is such a huge and confusing city and addresses here aren't actually related to location.
Big, scary crow
Crows eating a pile of garbage
Another big crow
I tried to go to the Zoo at Ueno park the other day, but it was closed. Apparently, in addition to being closed on Mondays, it’s closed on Tuesday that fall after national holidays that fall on Mondays. I didn’t even know Monday was a national holiday, but it turns out it was respect for the aged day on Monday. So, when I got to the zoo on Tuesday morning, I discovered it was closed. Ueno park, in addition to the zoo, also contains several museums. It’s like Tokyo’s museum campus. Of course, all the museums were closed too. So, i decided to just hang around the park for a while and take some pictures of the park and the street performers.
S. American band
people taking pictures of the street performers
Tokyo National Museum - closed for that day
Street performers' sign
As I was walking through Aoyama (in between Shibuya and Harajuku), I passed by Aoyama Gakuin Univeristy and it happened to be Open Campus. Open Campus is the day the university opens itself up to the public and showcases how great their university is. I was curious, so I dragged my friends in with me to see the campus. I really don’t know much about this university. I mostly use it as a reference point when looking for other places.
For being in such a busy, downtown part of Tokyo, they have a very nice, surprisingly spacious campus with lots of greenery.
Aoyama's campus greenery
Church. Aoyama Gakuin is a Christian university.
Cheerleaders. Lined up and ready to show their school spirit.
go go fight fight!
cheerleaders in mid air
honestly...they didn't impress me...