Shinjuku Park, Tokyo on a Saturday afternoon
Why do I like this photo so much? I love the little figures moving across the grass, the reflection of the trees in the water and, of course, the cherry blossom, which was just coming into bloom.
When I went to China nine years ago, I took photographs of the futuristic buildings in Shanghai and scenery in Huangshan ( which means beautiful mountain) but I failed to capture the fact that htere were people everywhere.
Shinjuku boasts the busiest subway in the world. The park, on a sunny Saturday in March, was full of people, many of whom were intent on taking photographs of the cherry blossom; some of them with tripods and much more elaborate cameras than mine looked very professional. At half past four, a voice thanked us for visiting the park which would be closing in half an hour. The announcement was made in English as well as Japanese or I wouldn’t have been able to understand it.
Outside the temple at Asakusa
There is an incredible amount of incense inside this container, which people buy, light and then and then waft the smoke over their heads. According to the guide book I read, it is supposed to have curative properties but according to my daughter it’s suppose to enhance your brain capacity. Naturally I joined in.
This shot is also taken in Asakusa. The sweets, which the guy at the back is making, are warm and yummy. This stall is sufficiently far away from the temple for all flavours (vanilla, sesame, chocolate, probably cherry blossom, but I’m not sure) to cost just 100 yen. Closer to the temple, the cost is higher and varies according to flavour.
Television station, Odaiba, Tokyo
We travelled to Odaiba on a super new train, which gave an exhilerating high level view of the city, crossing the rainbow bridge which is so-called because it is lit up at night. Unfortunately my camera isn’t good enough for a night time shot.
Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo.
P.S. It’s taken me all week to re-adjust to GMT. I’m now getting up and going to bed at reasonable times. For the first few days I was all over the place.