It's not a wall, it's not a tunnel, it's … words fail me … it's an alternative universe where dark matter has been replaced by pink matter that constitutes 80% of its mass and radiates 100% of its energy.
Incidentally, isn't dark matter fascinating? I digress.
I'm talking about Chidorigafuchi, which has proved again that it's the most beautiful cherry blossom spot in Tokyo. I went there on Monday morning at half past seven, when it was still so quiet that I could get photos of blossoms instead of crowds:
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It's such a magnificent sight that you forget to take photos. You just stare in awe. I suggested in an earlier post that you shouldn't limit yourself to the Hanzōmon side, but should also visit the Kitanomaru side, but I didn't follow my own advice. (Tsk. Don't do as I do; do as I say.) When the salaryman avalanche gathered momentum and the first flag-following elderly tourist groups started arriving at half past eight, I escaped to nearby Yasukuni Jinja, where there were fewer people.
The food stalls in that long avenue in front of the shrine had just started cleaning up after the previous night's carnage. As I observed their bleary actions, it occurred to me that it's a miracle that food poisoning isn't more common in Tokyo. Those grills and plastic buckets and whatnot aren't exactly pristine, but then again, alcohol is a good disinfectant.
I paid another visit to the most important tree in Tokyo to thank him for his hard work. おつかれさまでした! また来年! Otsukaresama deshita! Mata rainen! You must be tired (in other words, job well done)! Till next year!
That's it: this is my final sakura post for 2012. I might post more on my photo blog, but here on Rurousha it's time to return to quirky temples and offbeat shitamachi places. I sign off with a plethora of photos. A picture is worth ten thousand words.
|Yasukuni-dori. I waited on that bridge until I could get a perfect shot of Japan's flag, the Hinomaru (日の丸 or "circle of the sun").|
|Wouldn't you like to walk to work ...|
|... along a street like this?|
|The most important tree in Tokyo in full bloom|
|This is it.This is the real thing: blossoms on the most important tree in Tokyo.|