Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum stands in a quiet corner of the Aoyama area, Tokyo.
The Memorial Museum used to be Taro’s studio-cum-home where Taro lived for nearly 50 years.
Thankfully, ‘Picture taking is allowed’ in the museum.
Taro’s passion and energy are still there. I felt a great amount of tension in the studio and I could barely breathe.
Koinobori were swimming in the spring wind at the museum.
(According to Wikipedia, Koinobori, meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped windsocks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku, a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children's Day)
I had been wondering what Taro’s charming point is, but I found one when I was looking at the Koinobori … his innocence attracts people. It seems to me Taro’s childish innocence confronts adult life, conservative-minded people and old-fashioned system. Taro makes me realize that nobody can steal the innocence of children from us.
On April 15, about a month after being closed since the March 11 earthquake, Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba resumed operations.
However, Tokyo Disneyland is shortening the hours of operation and it runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also, the reopening of Tokyo Disney Sea has been put off until late this month at the earliest. http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html
When are you coming back to go to Tokyo Disneyland?
Many people were enjoying the SAKURA in full bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo yesterday.
‘Someiyoshino’ in full bloom
Some people were sitting down and having a cherry-blossom-viewing party called "HANAMI"
The warm spring sunlight creates an art of shadow of SAKURA.
Winter has gone and spring has come …
I felt peaceful when I saw people celebrate the coming of spring in a cozy atmosphere.
A ‘famous’ statue of Saigō Takamori in the Ueno Park.
It seems to me that Mr. Saigō smiles with his dog.
★One of our sister hotels, Sakura Hostel Asakusa will hold a HANAMI (flower viewing) party on Monday, April 11th in Asakusa.
It would be awesome to have Hanami Party under the cherry trees along Sumida River.
This is a potluck party with FREE of charge and please don't forget to bring your own food and beverages.
*Meet in the lobby of Sakura Hostel Asakusa at 3:00 PM.
"KAWAII" means … adorable, cute, dear, lovable, lovely, precious, pretty, sweet … actually anything that makes you feel happy could be a "KAWAII."
why don't you find your "KAWAII" works at Design・Festa・GALLERY・Harajuku?
Published in ‘Tokyo Walker’
The fellowship party will be held in DF Cafe & Bar!! Everyone welcome!!
Let’s communicate with artists and visitors through art and over tasty food and freshly made cocktails and coffees.
Date+Time/Apr.10(Sun) 7pm start!
Place/Design Festa Cafe & Bar
Fee/FREE! (1drink order)
※No reservation required.
Ueno Zoo reopened on April 1st and also 2 giant pandas , "Ri Ri" (power) and "Shin Shin" (truth), were shown to the public on the same day. The ‘Japanese’ names were chosen from 40,438 entries from the public on March 9th. The male, Ri Ri, was called Bili in China, while the female, Xiannu, was renamed Shin Shin.
People were waiting in line, but it wasn't that bad.
When I arrived at the Ueno Zoo around 3 p.m. and it took me only 10 minutes to see the pandas.
(* About 3,000 people lined up before the zoo opened at 10 a.m.)
Guess what we heard yesterday?
Yesterday, cherry trees in Tokyo first bloomed.
Usually cherry trees, or "SAKURA" in Japanese, fully blossom about a week after they start to bloom.
A tour company Japan Gray Line is having ‘Cherry Blossom Walking Tour In Tokyo’
Why don't you stay at SAKURA HOTEL IKEBUKURO and take the tour?
That would be a perfect plan in this season. http://www.jgl.co.jp/inbound/
Japan is the land of SAKURA.
The life of SAKURA is very short … once cherry blossoms are in full bloom, they usually only last for about a week before all the petals fall to the ground.
It is sad to know the fact that SAKURA is short-lived, but I see virtue in the fleetingness of life.
The 2011 Tokyo Marathon took place in downtown Tokyo on February 27th.
It was about 10 days before the earthquake broke out.
2 gentlemen, Jose and Carlos from Spain, participated in the Tokyo Marathon.
Hey guys, how was it?
Did you finish in the top ten?
I just respect people who can complete full marathon.
Completing the marathon is much harder than it looks.
It does not matter where you finish (number) nor when you finish (time).
At the turn-around point near Shinagawa Station, Tokyo.
I came to the point to cheer for Jose and Carlos, but I could not find them...
As the spectators cheered for the runners, the runners smiled back. Tokyo was filled with sweat, heat, warmth and happiness.
It looked like Tokyo become one with the people.
Now, it is hard to smile.
Honestly I have been stressed out from unusual situation, but every day I receive
warm words of encouragement from friends all over the world. “A friend in need is a friend indeed”
We look forward to seeing you next year.
Good luck with 2012 Tokyo Marathon!