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Pretend it's June 29.
Sasha Blaze
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Had this been an actual post, you would have seen pictures of the following sort:

Random schoolgirl in Musashisakai, just because she happened to be walking by:




FINALLY, A PICTURE OF ONE OF THE BLASTED TOKYO CROWS!! Blurry, yes, but nevertheless a triumph of human persistence over avian cunning:



Tokyo crows are indeed that big. I've read stories about them swooping down on innocent bicyclists and clawing bloody troughs in the poor guys' heads, just for the hell of it. My experience so far has been that the crows spend a lot of time making fun of humans--you can hear it in their voices--which is pretty ungrateful considering how much free food and entertainment they get from us.



So, you're walking up Omotesando, counting Paris/Milan fashion-house shopfronts (lots) and Baby, the Stars Shine Bright outfits (actually not all that many), and whoops, there's a shrine.



Yesterday--that is, June 28--the seminar group went to Ueno, walked through the park, and visited the Tokyo National Museum. On the way to the museum is the Black Gate of the Ishida family (built specially for the shogun's occasional official visits):



Some days the gate is open for visitors, but alas, not the day we were there. Another time!

The National Museum, here because I love (a) the umbrella bin and (b) the funky tree in the center:



And then in Ueno Park there is the shrine to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Bits and pieces from the shrine:





Just a short walk away, of course, is this cityscape:




The next set of pictures will be . . . food!
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Yay, that was lots of fun to share your alternate reality for a few minutes. Looks wonderful and so very different.

Thanks for sharing these! These are really great!

whooaaa!!!

the crows at ETS seem really huge to me. i wonder how big they are compared to the ones you saw.

what is the story with the umbrella bin - why is it there? if it's raining you just take one? gosh that's nice of... the shrine? the city? that is very fascinating!!!!!!!!!!

Wow...that cityscape pic is awesome. You see pics of these tranquil shrines and then BOOM! mass of humanity.

Can't wait to see all the pics!

Um ... so this is *not* an actual post? Heaven help us when you get around to one of those! These are wonderful!

So, at the Tokugawa shrine, what are the lightning-bolt-like hanging things (they look like paper?) ... and what are all the bits of printed stuff fixed to the beam? And why are there little sticks hanging all around? (Lisa hasn't got to that part in her reading!)

What an exciting cheek-by-jowl place!

Wow... that sucker looks more like a raven than a crow.

Thank you for sharing your pictures :)

I love seeing people's impressions of a place and what catches their fancy. I enjoyed these photos very much. And after looking at old Japanese architecture to see this city scape was another amazing wonderful scene. ^____^

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