July 30, 2013

Yoyogi Koen Sunday

It's been over two years since I last visited Yoyogi Park. A Brazil Festival was being held in one section of the park, but it was so intensely packed with people that I immediately became claustrophobic, and I hightailed it out of the crowd and onto the (still quite populated) field.

That's one thing I don't understand: in a city as large as Tokyo, why do people always seem to congregate in the same areas (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Disneyland, so on). In most cases, you won't find anything there that you can't find anywhere else in Tokyo. Why spend your precious downtime surrounded by sweaty strangers?

Practicing tightrope walking in parks seems to be an international trend. These guys were not very good at it, though.

These brats were attempting to tear the branch off.

Dance class.

Bubble-making seemed to quite popular at the park.

A huge one just drifting by.

One-stop entertainment: a drummer / baton twirler. The baton is affixed to his head.

Yoga practice near the flower garden.

This flower was called "white swan grass".

Artichoke flowers, which looked like huge thistles. Artichokes are not common in Japan, so I doubt many people can identify this plant.

A cocker spaniel with its ears tied in place. It must have been hot!

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