“Art is explosion!” by Taro Okamoto

April 23, 2016 at 11:20AM “Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum” is opened in the house where Japanese artist Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) resided and created a lot of works in his later years. His works, some of which you can see in the garden or on the balcony!, look eccentric and impulsive. That is symbolically expressed by his words, “Art…

The sumo ring with white balls of spireas

April 23, 2016 at 10:40AM There is a sumo wrestling ring at a quiet park where white spireas are gently flowering. You can seldom see sumo rings in the city. It is said that sumo tournaments were held in Samurai era. And now professional sumo wrestlers were invited and serve hot pot dishes once a year in the…

The shopping mall covered with colorful flowers

April 23, 2016 at 8:40AM Yebisu Garden Place is a shopping mall. As the name indicates, because a lot of flowers are planted every season, the mall looks like a flower garden. It is getting quite spring like, bees were working busily around the flowers. Ebisu 4-20, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Nearest Station : Ebisu Sta. Step…

The place for relaxation and refreshment on the junction roof

April 16, 2016 at 3:00PM “Meguro Sky Garden” is a public park in the roof of the O-shaped junction of two freeways. The external appearance of the junction looks like a fort or a warship. While you sit on a bench at the park, you might feel like you were on the top of a mountain because of a good…

The playground on a spring

April 16, 2016 at 2:20PM There is a playground having a spring where a lot of children are playing about. Here was a tea plantation field before. The town name, Shoto, is derived from the tea name. The quiet landscape reminds one of the past. Shoto 2-10, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Nearest Station : Shinsen Sta. Step…

Double cherry blossoms on the hill top

April 16, 2016 at 0:00PM There are a large variety of cherry blossoms in the park. Because the color of the flowers and the time of bloom are different each other, you can enjoy such a beautiful scene for a long time. Aobadai 2-10, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Nearest Station : Daikanyama Sta. Step forward/back to Navigation Casual Walk in Tokyo

A cluster of azaleas on the south-facing slope

April 16, 2016 at 11:40AM The public park is on a hill with a fine outlook. There are a lot of azaleas on the gentle slope leading to the viewing platform with benches. The bench is the best place where you read your favorite book or take a nap. Aobadai 2-10, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Nearest…

Purple flowers of magnolia in front of a Japanese garden

April 16, 2016 at 11:30AM There is a small Japanese garden adjacent to a large playpark. The garden has ponds and waterfalls, and is enclosed with a white wall. You can enjoy a calm time in a relaxed atmosphere. Aobadai 2-11, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Nearest Station : Naka-meguro Sta. Step forward/back to Navigation Casual Walk in Tokyo

The wavy and glassy museum

April 10, 2016 at 0:30PM The National Art Center, Tokyo is a relatively new art museum. Its distinctive apperances is eye-catching. The museum has several large and small exhibition hall, museum shops, a french restaurant and cafes. Because the admission is free, it’s so good for you to take a break when you are tired….

The memorial bar of “Izakaya diplomacy”

April 10, 2016 at 1:30PM Do you know “Izakaya”? That means a Japanese style bar in Japanese. Gonpachi is known as the place of “Izakaya diplomacy”. In February 2002, The Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi and The President of the United States of America, George Walker Bush had dinner at this “Izakaya”. I highly recommend you…