Tokyo Pt. II; Culture beneath the blossoms.
It’s hard not to be drawn into Japanese culture and be intrigued by their daily lives.
Next to the Ueno Park (one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing), groups of young Japanese professionals sit on a plastic tarp and enjoy each others company after a long day’s work with food and beer. Lots of it.
At the cherry blossom festival in Ueno Park, you’ll find everyone outside feasting on Japanese street food from the night markets.
The Tsukiji Market, Tokyo’s famous fish market, is a busy place with passionate workers. A very vocal store holders sells dried squid to customers by giving them a foam lid to fill up and (below) a quieter man sells pork dumplings.
We know Japan is a technologically savy country, seniors love their tech as they take a break from the cherry blossom viewing at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.
A Japanese boy, mid squat at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. His cheeks were too cute not to photograph.
Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small area known for its tiny bars and eateries. The most lovely owner of this small bar (with a max capacity of probably eight humans) was spinning vinyls for us all night with a playlist comprised of the Beegees, John Lennon, Boney M and Abba.
Omotesando Koffee is a coffee shop that sits inside a 60 year old traditional Japanese house. Owner Eiichi Kunitomo is the man behind each cup of coffee, pouring it with such graceful patience every time.
Students around Narita station after school – impossible to not love this city.