It feels like summer, but the calendar says April. I’m truly frightened about what’s to come.
Next week is a Golden Week here in Japan, and a precious week off from school (and for most of the country, work). Sadly, financial issues make a trip impossible and anyway, Golden Week is legendary for insane crowds on every train, plain and bus – not to mention hotels and tourist destinations.
So it’s a staycation for me – hopefully most of Tokyo will be visiting somewhere else. Today was a low-key day, but I did stop by the Azalea Festival at Nezu Jinja (I did a post about Nezu a few weeks back). I also made a brief stop at the Shitamachi Museum near Ueno Park, a small but entertaining look back at old Tokyo before the Great Kanto Earthquake and the war reshaped it forever.
I did see one especially odd thing at the Matsuri – this man walking about with a cat on his shoulders. I’ve hung with many mellow cats in my life, but it’s hard to imagine any of them being cool with riding on my neck with those massive crowds of people everywhere. But then, one of my friends saw two Japanese people walking their vegetables last week, so in this country I guess anything goes.
Enjoy the pics.