Last post about Japan: Tokyo people

I had to leave Japan at the end of my 1 year Working Holiday Visa, which made me sad… Anyway, I mostly posted pictures of buildings or landscapes until now, so for my last post about Japan, here are a few pictures of the people of Tokyo.

Above, salaryman sleeping on the train.

Above, near Kabukicho.

Above, Yurito (2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot) in Odaiba.

Above, Sonic in Ikebukuro.

Above, at the opening of the Uniqlo store in Okachimachi.

Above, Mikyan (mascot of Enohime prefecture).

Above, inside the Panasonic showroom in Ariake.

Above, mascot of the Porta shopping mall in Kyoto.

Above, Po, the pig mascot of the Manpaku food festivals.

Above, Mahaechan (mascot of Okinawa).

Above, Kenketsu-chan, the blood donation mascot.

Above, Gunma-kun mascot.

Above, Seijin-no-Hi at Meiji Shrine.

Above, owl in Yoyogi Park.

Above, flea market in Yoyogi Park.

Above, rock dancers near Yoyogi Park.

Above, dancers in Yoyogi Park.

Above, lonely cosplayer on the Harajuku bridge. It used to be a big cosplay spot but nowadays it is rare to see anyone posing there.

Above, Hare Krishna in Harajuku.

Above, art project in Takeshita Dori. I got to hold the frame too!

Above, protest against furs.

Above, protest against prime minister Abe.

Above, beach in Kamakura.

Above, traditional Japanese wedding at Meiji Shrine.

Above, traditional wedding at Togo Shrine.

Above, shrine maiden (miko) at Togo Shrine.

Above, waiting in line  for taiyaki in Kichijoji.

Above, waiting in line for pancakes in Harajuku.

Above, pancakes are really popular…

Above, Bon Odori dance festival at Hibiya Park.

Above, Shibuya scramble.

Above, beggar monk in Shibuya.

Above, beggar monk in Ueno.

Above, beggar monk in Sugamo.

Above, at Jalala Cat Café in Akihabara.

Above, Akihabara.

Above, maid in Akihabara.

Above, gaijin interview.

Above, Nintendo DS players in Akihabara.

Above, hanami near Sophia University.

Above, cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Above, in Sagamihara.

Above, cosplayers at the summer Comiket.

Above, polishing Buddha’s head at Senso-ji in Asakusa.

Above, nationalists in Ikebukuro.

Above, hanami in Ueno Park.

Above, paddling at Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park.

Above, posing with the mushrooms character of the Kineko Saibai Kit video game.

Above, mascot of Aomori prefecture inside Ueno station.

Above, my last picture of Tokyo: Tokyo Skytree seen from my apartment in Komagome.


Sunset at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal

Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal (晴海客船ターミナル) is the Tokyo terminal for international cruise ships. It is located in Tokyo Bay at the southern tip of Harumi Island. It has one of the best views on Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge in the city. There is a viewing platform on the 6th floor but it was closed when I was there.

Below, sunset in winter.

Above, Rainbow Bridge.

Above, Tokyo Tower.

Above, Toyosu Island.

Above, on the observation deck.

Above, Harumi Triton Square.

Above, Tokyo Towers on Kachidoki Island.

Above, on the bridge to Kachidoki Island.

Below, sunset in late spring.

Hydrangea & cats at Hakusan Shrine

Hakusan Jinja (白山神社) is a shinto shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo. It is especially popular in early June when it holds its annual Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival (文京あじさいまつり). I was too early for the best viewing but there were still a few flowers (and a lot of cats) when I visited.

Below, pictures from an earlier spring visit.

Above, the entrance coming from Hakusan station.

Above, Toyo University.

Garden of Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a high-end hotel in Kioicho, Tokyo. It was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Its Japanese garden dates back from the Edo period and, like the garden of Hotel Chinzanso in Mejiro, is open to all.

Above, wedding hall.

Below, the garden in summer.

Below, the garden in spring.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo is located inside Ueno Park. It is the oldest zoo in Japan and has about 500 species, including elephants, giraffes, polar bears and penguins. Its star animal is the giant panda.

Above, a dhole. It was a very hot summer day when I visited and a lot of animals were sleeping.

Above, entrance to the monorail, linking the eastern side to the western side of the zoo.

Above, naked mole rats.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Below, I came back for Tokyo Citizens’ Day (October 1st), when the entrance is free.