Sundays in Tokyo

Every day is an adventure here but Sundays allow you to see a bit more than usual as people have quality time with themselves, their families, friends, pets, and can dress as they fancy. What do you think of this one?

IMG_0988

Kenrokuen

Japanese people are very close to nature and have a very tight relationship with their environment. Most of the bank holidays are related to nature (day of the mountain, day of the sea, day of the nature etc)

Among other items, they love gardens and there are the 3 most beautiful gardens of Japan to be visited once in a lifetime. I had this opportunity while in Kanazawa where is the Kenrokuen located.

I was not sure I would connect with this place as I was afraid of the crowd, potential queues, etc. I went there in the morning and really felt it was a beautiful place. Entrance fee is only Y100.- to help maintain the place. Although there were many people, it never felt crowded and, as always in Japan, people were so respectful that you could still enjoy the silence and peace of the place. a must if you are in the region!!

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

There was a photo shooting as we were wandering there, it was so cute,

 

IMG_2376

 

One funny thing, Kanazawa is known to be the golden city, people like gold here and many things are made of gold (even ice creams). I was therefore amused to see that the mushrooms look golden over here!

Kanazawa market

Everyday life, food and people, are the things I am mostly interested in when visiting a country, of course the history, the monuments and museums are great but a country is defined by his people and society.

When visiting the Kanazawa Omicho market, … look at the size of the oysters!!

 

Smart features

Japan has created a bottle for the summer – there is a spot for an ice cube, you open the bottle, insert the cube, close again and enjoy! the ice cube will remain stuck in that space while you enjoy a fresh drink

 

IMG_1313

Hiroshima Baseball

I was lucky enough to be in Hiroshima when the Carps win the central league. What a unique vibrant city and what an atmosphere, the citizens went on a mega gigantic high touch evening, the city became noisy and people were celebrating all evening, it is difficult to describe it, watch it!!

Awa Odori

In August, this was a highlight for me and I have penciled this again for next year as this is truly amazing.

This is a traditional dance ceremony from Shikoku Island, in Tokushima but Tokyo enjoys it in the area of Koenji. the groups walk around the tiny streets and dance on the main square for the whole afternoon in the week end in late August.

It is crowded but friendly and tradition is to eat yakitori along the streets with beer. Once the show is over, the dancers crawl through the local bars to thank the public.

I absolutely love Awa Odori festival

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.