Tokyo Day 1f: Ueno Park

Ueno Park is one of the best tourist spots for the viewing of Sakura and we were lucky we stayed right there!

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Look, there’s a black-and-white cat!!

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Picnic under the sakura trees. They camp all day, overnight, and throughout the weekend!

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There are museums and shrines within the park itself.

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Before entering any shrine, temple or place of worship, there is a hand-washing place. The ritual of washing one’s hands is thus: Take the ladle with your left hand, scoop water, wash right hand, then hold ladle with right hand, scoop water to wash left hand, then let the remaining water run from the scoop all the way down the entire ladle until one’s hand so that the whole ladle is now clean for the next person.

How thoughtful and meticulous!

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Street musicians playing Disney music.

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The view from our hotel room.

Picnic is allowed under the trees except on streets in front of the shrines.

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Most of the trees here are of the pale pink (almost white) variety, but you also see a few pink ones.

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The Japanese people are very, very cleanliness conscious. We saw the rubbish bins piled to the brim by late night. But on the next morning, everything is cleared. Absolutely clean.

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The next morning, as early as 8am, the party has already begun.

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Despite the drizzle, the party goes on.

On Day Two, we decided to go down to Kamakura to see the Dai Butsu (the famous Kamakura Buddha)…

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