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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 ...
... that was planted in it, each trunk had a certain character, each twig was there for a reason. Perfectionism has a price, so most of those trees costed more than my Opel Corsa. There were some better affordable ones as well, but since I have no idea how to get one of those safely back to Holland I wasn't tempted.
But this was only the nursery. The true giants (<-- I'm on a roll) were in the Bonsai museum. I didn't have high expectations before, ...
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 ...
... 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, ...
... plan was to have a meal at the shopping center.
So we finally depart and held to AEON. Indeed it's a big place, with many restaurants, many shops of everything you need.
Meal time first ! Katsudon ! Really good ... there is a salad with some tofu. Still not fan of tofu, but at least I can eat it more often than before.
Yes, there is a picture of the toilets... I found that too classy. Chairs available in front of the mirror, never seen that at least ...