Japan Morning 3: Ueno Park Part 1

Today I felt exhausted so I am going to let my photos speak for themselves. IMG_0537

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Japanese crows have a very distinctive caw; it sounds like a cartoon parody of a crow. In Tokyo, the birds grow huge. IMG_0542 IMG_0545 IMG_0557

Another picture of me with the Shiba.IMG_0547 IMG_0553

The one time I saw a police officer in Tokyo.IMG_0558

Not all of Japan is clean. Interestingly enough this was an area devoid of homeless people; I mention this because the homeless in Japan always seemed to be cleaning, sweeping, or doing something constructive. IMG_0559 IMG_0561 IMG_0563 IMG_0564

This was probably a prewar station. I wasn’t able to walk under this underpass without ducking. That being said most Japanese people I met were about my height or taller, with the older generation being shorter. (I am 5’10).IMG_0568 IMG_0570 IMG_0571 IMG_0573 IMG_0575This is a really cool memorial. This is where the final battle between the Meiji government and the Shogunate occurred.  (A quick history lesson, the Emperor ruled Japan for only a short time before he was ousted by the Shogun, a military leader who kept the imperial family hostage, and ruled using the Emporer as a proxy. During the Meiji Restoration, the Emporer seized power away from the shogunate and ruled until the end of WW2. ) ((PS: Edo = Tokyo))

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This was a homeless camp in the park. From what I can tell Japanese culture tolerates homeless but pretty much ignores them. Here in the States homeless aren’t tolerated and are ignored.IMG_0594 IMG_0598

This is the closest I could get to the Padagoa without paying for a Zoo pass. IMG_0599 IMG_0600 IMG_0602 IMG_0605 IMG_0603More photos tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Japan Morning 3: Ueno Park Part 1

  1. I have heard people say that because of changes in the Japanese diet, the younger generation have grown taller. I’m not sure if this is true, but I’m also around 5’10 and didn’t feel any special. In fact, when I was at The Pillows’ concert, the two Japanese dudes in front of me were much taller and I had a difficult time seeing on occasions. I have always wondered if the “short Japanese” stereotype was ever true in the first place.

    Also, my girlfriend went to Shibuya last week and wanted to see the statue of Hachiko, but she couldn’t find it. It was massively crowded and she isn’t used to the area. His breed is actually Akita, not Shiba Inu. Have you heard of a movie called “Hachi: A dog’s tale”? It’s an Americanized (and possibly bastardized) version of his story starring Richard Gere. I have only seen a few scenes from it. I just think that it’s mildly interesting that it… exists.

    Great pictures.

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