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Sundays are full on family days in Japan, and we are lucky to have a chance for a full extended family outing to Harajuku - youth culture shopping mecca. Tim bows out as he preps for a teaching exam, but May, Amy and Haruko join the three of us and Takakosan for an 8-member party excursion to the busiest of busy shopping streets -- Takeshita Dorii. If we don't lose someone it will be a miracle.
So far so good on our walk to the train station where we'll ...
... enticing taste to what is beyond the turnstile.
Entry is a mere 1300 yen (AUD $13) .. and the park is open till 6pm at night.
The entire park covers an area of approx 22 acres.. that's a lot of watering to do!
Each season has it's own floral wonders..
We have missed the Cherry blossoms.. are too early for the rose gardens BUT boy , oh , boy are we on time for the Wisterias, Azaleas, ...
Nothing huge planned today, only visiting the shopping center AEON.
The day before was cold, we were bit tired, so we started the day more late and more slow.
Since some days the sister is proposing me a breakfast with the bread from Costco supermarket. I just have to warm it in the grill.
Today there were no breakfast foreseen, but while he was in the shower I quickly warm a bread, I was starving too much.
Got a chestnut ice cream while in the ...
Going to see the winter cherry trees. First we go to Jô Mine Koen.
We arrive when it's still a bit light, and wait until it's dark to get some illuminations.
At arrival we had a nice view over the lake. then we went to the park itself.
There were not so much flowers blooming, a bit too early in the season, but it was nice to catch sakura and momiji at same time.
Little stop at the local shop, there were plenty vegetables, ...
... all around the station. I saw on the map there is a high school there. No need to be surprised that I felt watched haha.
Catching the train going back to Takasaki, and waiting a bit at the station to see if someone is passing or if I return by foot. In any cases it's dark, so I can take time to hang out in the station full of shops. It has been many days that the bakkery was calling me, so I finally went there to get a cream pan with ...