Japan is everywhere, if you look for it.
It’s the first day of Autumn break from school, so I took a long walk in the precincts near my apartment. I wasn’t planning on doing anything but walking and observing, but I happened to have my tablet with me and since I’d never used the camera before I snapped off a few quick shots. Considering it was overcast and early evening, it didn’t do a half-bad job.
Just to the West of my neighborhood is Waseda, home to the University of the same name. I haven’t explored much in that direction, but as is usually the case I found many more interesting places than I expected. There’s a huge shrine in the center of Waseda (Ana Hachiman Jinja), and that neighborhood is also the terminus of the Toden Arakawa Line, the last streetcar left in Tokyo. I vaguely headed towards a park called Kansen-en, knowing it contained a venerable Inari shrine called Mizuinari that I’ve wanted to check out. Both the park and shrine date to the 17th Century and proved very photogenic, but what inspired me to take out the camera was that the both of them were crawling with cats. Cats everywhere – I see them around shrines a lot in Japan, but they really seemed to run the place here.