An very un-Tokyo building

Two good things have come of my bad left knee:
1. Finding a very good knee surgeon, Dr. Toyoda.
2. Discovering this fantastic art nouveau style building on the way to his clinic in Waseda.

I didn't expect to find this building in Tokyo, and if felt like I was back in Brussels! I'm now keen to find who the architect is and some of the history behind this building as it is most unlike Tokyo buildings.

Happy biker

On our walk home from the train station we came across this incredible bike!
And doesn't he just look so happy with himself??
No sneaking up on this guy, eh!No sneaking up on this guy, eh!

Autumn gone - but not forgotten

During autumn I was planning on changing the colours and theme of this site with the seasons but somehow time has escaped me (now it is past and plum blossom season has almost started)! However, the colours were amazing and are worth revisiting...
Contrasting red against blue sky and lakeContrasting red against blue sky and lake The path leading to the bridgeThe path leading to the bridge

The Japanese pay a great deal of attention to the seasons and it is popular just to go out "viewing". Indeed the maple season rivals that of the cherry blossoms, although all through the year there are so many different flowers and colours that if you're attentive there is some beautiful nature to see at almost anytime.

EmergingEmerging Full to lateFull to late

Like the "hanami" (flower viewing during cherry blossom season) the autumn colours do not come all at once. In any one park there may be leaves still green whilst others are bright shades of red and yellow. In general the maple leaves turn at a later time than other deciduous trees.
Stepping stonesStepping stones Brilliant illumination from behindBrilliant illumination from behind

Tsukiji auction now closed to public!

Getting up at 4am to catch the first train at 4:28 from Toyoda station was quite a strain. Some of Simon’s uni colleagues joining us, decided it would be easier to stay up all night although the 1hour trip to downtown Tokyo took its toll with a few shut eyes. We arrived in time to see the tuna auctions in enormous sheds (separate fresh and frozen sections), and the hive of activity that surrounds this. I would say you have to see it for yourself, but it seems the morning we went was the last time it is open to public, so it was definitely worth the effort of an early morning rise! After the auctions we visited the tightly compacted markets which are perhaps more interesting with the incredible variety of seafood and to see the care with which the large fresh tuna are portioned up. Then for breakfast we ate sushi at the tiny nearby Daiwa Sushi, which is also quite a famous requiring us to wait in queue (for nearly an hour). Log on and click here to see more photos…

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