Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Some pictures from Japan Part 2 of 3 - Hanami

On April 10th, we went to a park for what the Japanese call Hanami - flower viewing. Every year the sakura bloom, and people from all over the world travel to Japan to see these beautiful flowers in bloom, so it was naturally a thing for us to do while here for the DTS.

Now, apparently some news veins have been reporting that Tokyo is a "Ghost town," and it certainly seems the case, and I'll use these pictures to prove it.

This picture was in one of the lesser populated areas of the park that day.

I do not know what the deal was with the cats, but it was kind of cool. Everyone was staring at them. The Japanese people really love cats.

Ghost town for sure

If you did not already know this, but the Japanese do not wear shoes inside the house. Instead, shoes are taken off in the genkan, an area right inside the door, and slippers are worn around the house and only in the house. So the same thing is done on these tarps that were laid out in the park.

The train system in Japan is expansive, intricate, and very impressive. They ask that certain people are given priority on seats, these four categories being the recipients: mothers with babies, expecting mothers, elderly, and people on crutches (with no order within these groups). I thought that was neat.

See the sakura in bloom will be something I will never forget. They were absolutely beautiful, and I am so glad I got the chance to see them in bloom.

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