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November 23rd, 2007

Sachi and I visited a nice park a few stations down from where we like. The park, Rikugien, was created in 1695 and donated to Tokyo City in 1938. It costs ¥300 to get in.

A lot of people were taking photos of the trees showing their autumn colors; there were some really beautiful sights in the park. A few of the pictures below have 1000-pixel blow-ups if you click on them.



There were a lot of people at the park today. Probably this was due to the day being the start of a 3-day holiday weekend, along with some sort of evening “light up the park” festival, which Sachi and I did not stick around for.






There were several tea houses in the park; you could buy some tea, and sit and enjoy the view.


I like this one. The sun was setting behind the trees, and made it look like a fire was burning behind them.



This bush is called “Murasaki Shikibu,” in part after the famous author of “The Tale of Genji,” and in part because “murasaki” is Japanese for “purple.”


This single branch stood out, as it alone in the whole area was lit by sunlight.


Birdwatching at the park was not bad, though all the birds were regulars, including tons of Bulbuls and Crows. There were the usual Spot-billeds along with Tufted Ducks and a few Common Pochards like this one.


Sachi and I sat not far from a small water source, and enjoyed this Great Tit coming to drink.




Just as we were leaving, we heard movement in the brush, and I caught this Black-faced Bunting foraging on the ground, as they are apt to do.

All in all, a lovely day. But on our way 2-mile stroll home, we ran across a small local festival, and decided to enjoy the length of it. These are always linear deals, with stalls lining the length of the festival, often repeating. Sachi and I bought a steak shish-kabob (okay but too fatty/gristly), and a small bag of “baby castella,” little bite-sized pound-cake style goodies cooked in a waffle-like grill (tasty!).



Why do those Near Eastern guys always have stands with those huge spits of meat?


Very realistic toy guns are popular with some Japanese; these were sandwiched between video game cartridges.


Umm, okay.


The actual shrine the festival was based upon.
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  1. November 23rd, 2007 at 20:38 | #1

    These photos make me want to visit japan…

    drooling! :)

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