I saw this nice sunset at Mitaka station in Tokyo, near the Ghibli museum and Inokashira park.
January 7, 2011
January 6, 2011
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…)
February 6, 2009
I ran across this scene and felt for a second that I wasn’t in Tokyo anymore. Where does this look like to you?
December 19, 2008
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.
December 18, 2008
December 16, 2008
Some pictures from the descent down Mt. Takao when I went to view the fall colors.
December 15, 2008
The following pictures were taken from near the peak of Mt. Tako.
December 14, 2008
More pictures from my day trip to Mt. Takao to see the fall colors.
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.