I’m in Tokyo!
Hard to write anything that doesn’t sound like my Lonely Planet guide book. But…big and noisy, quiet and small town-like, orderly and labyrinthine, dismal and funny.
Some of the quieter spots I have visited include the Ueno park with the National Museum (among tons of other museums) and the Imperial Gardens (the small part accessible to the public). The Imperial Gardens have a bleak air. Quiet with occasional shrieks from the many crows made it kind of an odd walk. Here are some impressions:
Tokyo is full of menials showing the way about and seeing to general order. They are all uniformed and in the Imperial Gardens they are on bike…
Another menial by the gate to the gardens welcoming guests.
No jumping over any walls in this garden! We are talking about 10 metres tall walls surrounding the non public part of the Imperial grounds.
One of the ominous crows.
This morning I went to the Tsukiji fish market. I wasn’t too early, but there were still plenty of fish and people. And lots of them (the people) driving around like crazy with their purchases in boxes and baskets. Inside the market everyone were busy too, pushing and shouting – I was definitely in their way. But I did manage to take some photos. I was especially fascinated by the giant tuna 1-2 metres long and cut with something that looked remarkably like samurai swords!
Take a look here…
After the market I went to the Ueno park to see the National Museum. I regretted not knowing more about Buddhism ad Japanese art in general and even with the well written texts in the museum I felt somewhat ignorant and in the dark. But the objects and sculptures were absolutely beautiful.
An angry god. As far as I could make out he’s angrily correcting people who are not remembering their duties as good buddhists. Sounds familiar…
Not all were angry. This incense burner in the shape of a lion seemed quite happy and good-natured.
In the afternoon I went shopping in the Shibuya zone. I went straight for all the silly and cute stuff. Beware family members – you may not know it now, but you will be needing this stuff as soon as it is in your hands.
Tomorrow the National Museum of Western Art (notice their brilliant logo) where I will have some working to do…