September 28, 2013
Papa received tickets to the last day of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, an international women’s tennis tournament. We went way across Tokyo to the Ariake Coliseum. I could only take photos during the breaks or at the beginning of the matches. I thought it was interesting that cameramen used reed window shades to protect their cameras from the hot sun. Practically every window in Japan has one during the summer. Today the September sun was so hot until, fortunately for us and my camera, clouds rolled in and covered it. Anything else interesting about this photo?
Ball girls in Japan have cushions for their knees! Is that done anywhere else?
Have you ever seen athletes come out carrying their gear and bouquets of flowers before a match? Only in Japan? Sweet.
Check these links:
Toray Pan Pacific Open
professional photos of the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2013
Tennis events for the 2020 Olympics will be held at Ariake Coliseum.
directions to Ariake Coliseum
August 9, 2013
Not far from our house, there is a monument for the 50 km walking marathon that was held for the 1964 Olympics. It stands near Sizzler, a steak restaurant.
There is a sign over the street to commemorate the marathon’s route. Down the road there is another sign
and another 1964 Olympics monument for other events.
It is next to a KFC and in front of Aginomoto Stadium, built in 2000. Papa thinks some of the 2020 events may take place here. Tokyo National Stadium was built for the 1964 Olympics. Here is a link for the design of the 2020 venue way far away from here.
Check out the post about the anniversary of Bob Hayes’ gold medal win at Tokyo Stadium in 1964 and the middle-grade novel J-Boys, Kazuo’s World Tokyo, 1965. written by Shogo Oketani and translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa, 2011.
J-Boys, Kazuo’s World Tokyo, 1965
Tokyo National Stadium
May 5, 2013
We have a boy and girl at our house, so we celebrate Girl’s Day on March 3rd and Boy’s Day on May 5th (called “Children’s Day” now.)
This is an old photo from a visit to Showa Kinen Koen. Click on the labels below to see other posts about Children’s Day/Boy’s Day.
April 26, 2013
Shocked to see this man hard at work in our neighborhood. Click to enlarge the photo.
Do you know what he was tearing down?
It was a rice vending machine. Rice used to be available 24 hours a day here.
April 20, 2013
The busiest intersection in the world is even harder to cross in the rain! Umbrella Bump!
Another group waits for the traffic light to change. At night, Shibuya is a maze of lights. Look at the big digital billboard on the side of the truck that is turning the corner.
These photos were taken with my iphone.
April 12, 2013
I was surprised to see koinobori flying (hanging) outside at dusk. Jiji, Grandfather, was so prompt about pulling Little Brother’s koinobori inside in late afternoon. He would put them out later in the month, too, and would pack them away the evening of Children’s Day. Check posts listed in the categories below.
I was also surprised to see chocolate bunnies! They were over 5000 yen! I am sure they were delicious.
April 12, 2013
April 6, 2013
March 28, 2013
Way up high, it looks like the beginnings of a tree house.
But it’s a crow’s nest! She arranges the twigs and metal pieces. It doesn’t look very comfortable!
She had picked up hangers from balconies and these from the fields. The farmers use them to hold covers on rows of crops.
She turned, saw me, and
flew to the top of a building. Another crow glided by and
looked in my direction from a wire. He seemed like he didn’t know what to do,
so he fluffed the fluff he’d gathered for the nest.
He looked in her direction. I left. I hope they don’t vacate their nest because of my visit. I’d like to see them again.
March 27, 2013
Not the kind of weather for parties under the blossoms, but people stop to look at them and to take photos.