日本での一年間

January 7, 2011

Sunset at Mitaka Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

I saw this nice sunset at Mitaka station in Tokyo, near the Ghibli museum and Inokashira park.

sunset

See the train down there? That's the JR chuo line, one of the busiest train lines in Japan.

January 6, 2011

Inokashira Park

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Western Tokyo — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:00 am

Despite living a mere 20 minute train ride away from the popular Inokashira park (井の頭公園) for a year, I had never been there. (Although I have been to the Ghibli museum, which is technically part of the park.) When I was there, the leaves had changed colors and the park looked very nice, but after living in the middle of nowhere for a while, the park’s natural setting felt very forced. As nice as the park is, there are a lot of much nicer places to walk right around where I live. But I’m sure the park would have seemed like a very nice place back when I was living in Tokyo. The park was opened in 1918 as Inokashira Imperial Park (井の頭恩賜公園). During most of it’s existence the park has been a pleasant escape from the city for Tokyoites (except for a stretch of 1994 after a body was found cut up in the trash can. [井の頭公園バラバラ殺人事件] They never found the killer and the statute of limitations ran up in 2009…)

Even though there are lots of hidden green areas in Tokyo, it never seems to be enough. Somehow the distribution doesn’t work out and people still end up going to odd places to get their nature fix. For example, the part of Tokyo I lived in had no public parks whatsoever and therefore the university campus was filled with families with young children on the weekends and older people on any sunny day. The kids came for a place to run around outside and the old people to paint or draw. (There must be so many drawings of the auditorium and library by now…)

fountain

A pleasant little fountain. It may not feel like you're in a natural setting, but I'm sure the sound of the water is relaxing.

couple

There were a lot of couples around. There was even a couple having a cat fight. I mean, that there were literally two cats hissing and swiping at each other while a crowd of people watched.

pond

Pretty sunset on the pond

bikes

Many bikes for many people

shrine

This shrine in the park is meant to be lucky for couples. This couple ringing the bell must be hoping for a good relationship.

ema

Ema, votive picture tablets, at the shrine. People write their wishes on these tablets and then hang them here by the shrine. I like seeing ones written in other languages. Can you find any other languages here?

February 6, 2009

A vingette

Filed under: Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 9:17 am

I ran across this scene and felt for a second that I wasn’t in Tokyo anymore. Where does this look like to you?

Tokyo?

Tokyo?

December 19, 2008

Fall Colors on Campus

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 1:48 am

Some pictures I took around campus when the leaves changed colors and as they were falling off the trees. Now most of the trees are bare, but it isn’t nearly cold enough for snow. Some days, watching the leaves fall here was like watching snow fall because so many leaves would come off at once.

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Sun shining behind the trees

Sun shining behind the trees

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

The ground covered in yellow leaves

The ground covered in yellow leaves

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Some trees already slightly bare

Some trees already slightly bare

All yellow

All yellow

auditorium

auditorium

a path with some fall foliage

a path with some fall foliage and the library tower in the background

December 18, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 5)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 3:23 am

A few more pictures from my trip to see the fall foliage.

paying homage at a small shrine

paying homage at a small shrine

Peopl pay a small fee for this fortune paper that tells them their future luck and then they tie it to this rope.

People pay a small fee for this fortune paper that tells them their future luck and then they tie it to this rope.

another small shrine

another small shrine

beautiful fall colors

beautiful fall colors

tons of people!!!

tons of people!!!

The road at the bottom of the mountain

The road at the bottom of the mountain, lined with cute little shops

December 16, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 4)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 4:32 am

Some pictures from the descent down Mt. Takao when I went to view the fall colors.

Sing for Mt. Takao written in old style chinese characters

Sign for Mt. Takao written in old style Chinese characters

Crowds next to a shrine

Crowds next to a shrine

A man takes a break in front of a shrine

A man takes a break in front of a shrine

Looking out at the sky

Looking out at the sky

crazy crowds of people

crazy crowds of people

Shrine roof

Shrine roof

statues

statues

temple

temple

statue guarding the temple

statue guarding the temple

More people

More people

leaves peeking out from behind the temple

leaves peeking out from behind the temple

December 15, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 3)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 6:25 am

The following pictures were taken from near the peak of Mt. Tako.

Snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance

Snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance

Zoomed in to see Mt. Fuji

Zoomed in to see Mt. Fuji

Yet another view of Mt. Fuji

Yet another view of Mt. Fuji

the skinny trees on the top of the mountain

the skinny trees on the top of the mountain

smoky distant mountains

smoky distant mountains

Some other climbers. Lots of old people come out and stumble up the mountain with their walking sticks

Some other climbers. Lots of old people come out and stumble up the mountain with their walking sticks

While most trees were still green, these had already lost their leaves

While most trees were still green, these had already lost their leaves

December 14, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 2)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 11:41 pm

More pictures from my day trip to Mt. Takao to see the fall colors.

looking up at the still green trees

looking up at the still green trees

evergreens

evergreens

finally some color!

finally some color!

Momiji tree

Momiji tree

Peeking through the momiji leaves

Peeking through the momiji leaves

the red leaves against the blue sky

the red leaves against the blue sky

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (part 1)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 4:56 am

Just like before, I took the train away from the city to nearby Mt. Takao for some hiking. The place was absolutely packed with people who had come to see the fall colors. Despite being crowded, however, it was a beautiful day and we had great view of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji from the mountain top.

pines trees

pines trees

looking up through the trees

looking up through the trees

From part-way up the mountain, a view of Tokyo

From part-way up the mountain, a view of Tokyo

Light peeking through the trees

Light peeking through the trees

First view of Mt. Fuji through the trees

First view of Mt. Fuji through the trees

Looking up at the trees

Looking up at the trees

December 13, 2008

A view of Mt. Fuji

Filed under: Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 3:07 am

Mt. Fuji as seen from the top floor of my dorm at sunset.

The peak of Mt. Fuji rises above a distant apartment complex

The peak of Mt. Fuji rises above a distant apartment complex

duplicate Fuji

duplicate Fuji

Close-up Fuji

Close-up Fuji

The sun almost set on Fuji

The sun almost set on Fuji

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