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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 ...
Surprises come in many forms and last Sunday was a good example of this. One of my colleagues (who is also my friend) has a friend (who is also my colleague, get it?) who wanted to show me around in Omiya. Actually there should be a dash above the 'O' but I can't find it on my keyboard. Omiya is a small but quite posh village just north of Tokyo. A few weeks ago I once mentioned that I intended to visit this town's main attraction: the railway museum. As ...
Today was the annual PonyCon and seeing as how much I like My Little Pony I naturally didn´t go. Everyone else went, though; but me and Andreas decided to take the train to Mt Hachikoku, a small mountain/forest a little less than an hour west of Tokyo. This is the forest were the movie My Neighbour Totoro takes place, and ...
... the passing scenery, the locals going about their daily lives. Quite noticeable is the change from suited businessmen to the casual clothing away from the city.
Once in Tomita it is "follow the crowd" to our destination..
A walk of approx. one kilometre takes you to a floral heaven on earth!
The photo sessions have begun before even entering the reception/ gift shop area. Potted plants, bushes ...
... background ...
(sorry I sound a bit too much Spaceballs, no ? The Spacballs cereals, Spaceballs t-shirt...).
Of course, you can find gashapon boxes a bit everywhere in Japan.
Kimono shop, another with so cute decoration around matsuri theme, the famous big candy shop I already discovered in Osaka.
And I finally saw the sign saying that the purikura area is forbidden for men, at least when they are alone. Yes, Japan is careful with perverts and ...
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