Apparently, “enjoying the scenery” along the way is a life lesson still yet to learn as somewhere between my 10k training days 8 and 10, on loop 46 or 47, I noticed the roses in full bloom at Yoyogi Park. During a break in the rain, I took the camera on a Starbuck’s run to see what else I’d missed.
Below is one of the entrances to Yoyogi and the Homeless’ favorite cooking spot. The Homeless keep Yoyogi Park spotless while the authorities look the other way in exchange for their “invisible village” in the back.
Just beyond is the Rose Garden. Whenever I just don’t feel like putting on my running shoes I remember these folks in the vests, one member of each pair is blind.
This man is not looking for a lost child or cultivating medicinal marijuana plants; he’s grooming the roses.
Heading out of the park toward Harajuku station and the Meiji Shrine, the crowd starts to get more entertaining. The women in the back left is a pink “Lolita”- she’s dressed as a doll. The teenager is on a combination of skateboard/skate which are two separate pieces. Thus far Offspring #1 hasn’t seen these or I’m sure we’d have seen another trip to the ER this year.
Along the way, I took note of what is becoming the latest fad. Short flouncy, lace like skirts, shorts, high sock tights, and boots. From my lips – the fashion harbinger of Tokyo- to your eyes- please enjoy the new the summer look.
The Japanese work the accessories hard- both live and man-made. When it comes to dogs, they accessorize their accessories. This is one of the few dogs without clothes, however, the hair style completes the look.
The Japanese don’t expose skin to the sun, no matter how hot the temperature. On a bright day, parasols are out, women wear hats, and many cover arms and hands with long gloves. Interestingly, most don’t wear sunglasses probably because they mask eye expression and movement.
Emiel van Boomen from the “Act of Traveling” wrote a post about exploring side streets when traveling. He advised one to go out of the hotel and take a right down the first street. It is truly down those streets where the gems are located.
Apparently even Starbucks knows this….