30 October 2012

Sky Tree and a too perfect moon

The most famous full moon in Japan is the harvest moon in September (, ju-go-ya), but there's an old custom that believes no moon-viewing (お月見, tsukimi) is complete without also looking at the almost full moon in October (十三夜, ju-san-ya).

The latter falls on the 13th night of the 9th month of the old lunar calendar. Ideally you should look at the moon when it's not fully full, because almost perfect is more beautiful than perfect. Isn't that a lovely idea?

Other names for the thirteenth moon is bean moon (豆名月, mame-meigetsu) and chestnut moon (栗名月, kuri-meigetsu).

This year ju-san-ya was on the 27th of October, but I couldn't take photos on that night. Here, instead, is the completely full moon next to Sky Tree on the 29th of October. If you ask me, perfect is good enough.




28 October 2012

I don't get Halloween, but ...

Work is consuming my days, but a while ago I went for a walk in Sendagi with fellow blogger Cecilia and took these photos of Halloween decorations. Since Halloween is purportedly and by all accounts on 31 October, I'd better publish my photos before it's Christmas. I have to confess that Halloween means nothing to me. It's an American festival that isn't celebrated in South Africa (what about other former British colonies?), so I don't understand what the fuss is about, but I'm willing to concede that the pumpkins are cute.

23 October 2012


I photographed these koma-inu (lion dogs) at a small shrine in Koishikawa Botanical Gardens. I like the top one's cross-eyed grin and big nose.

21 October 2012

Urban Greenery Fair in Ueno Park

The 29th National Urban Greenery Fair is currently being held in six parks in Tokyo. (It finishes on 28 October.) I took these photos at the Ueno Park Exhibition.

The Standing Person (立つ人Tatsu Hito) was designed and constructed by students of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (located next to Ueno Park). It's described as "a physical expression of prayers for the recovery of Tōhoku".

This one is called "The Metal Garden".

"The Sun Garden"

"Garden of Hope"

Rice drying in a recently harvested ride paddy

Recognize them? ^^ Read more about them here. Incidentally, they're reflected in a solar panel.

Fifty thousand paper strips with messages from visitors. Most of the messages were written for the areas devastated by the big quake. (This is the famous Ueno Park cherry blossom avenue.)

16 October 2012

Urban Greenery Fair

The 29th National Urban Greenery Fair Tokyo is currently being held in six venues: Ueno Park, Hibiya Park, Hama-rikyu-teien, Inokashira Park, Showa Kinen Park and Sea Forest. It runs until 28 October. You can read more about it here. I took these photos in Hibiya Park. (More to follow.)

Never mind the fountain and the bamboo sculpture ... will you look at that cobalt blue autumn sky?!

There was an exhibition of garden designs. I've included only a few.

13 October 2012

11 October 2012

The joys of commuting

You thought only male commuters sat with their legs spread wide apart? This woman not only copied their leg position; she also had a massive bag that intruded into her neighbour's space. Thank heavens she was wearing pants.

Make yourself at home! Put down your bags, kick of your shoes, mi casa es su casa!

9 October 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree lights

This was last month, but never mind ... it's my favourite tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, captured in a video by one of my favourite videos-about-Japan producers, AQUA Geo Graphic. Tokyo Sky tree was lit up in special colours for Tokyo's next Olympic bid. Here it is. Enjoy.

PS: Shall I just rename this blog "Ru's Tokyo Sky Tree Blog"?

As a bonus, two photos taken on 30 September at 05:42 and at 06:01, as the sun appeared between two buildings.

8 October 2012

Shrine cat

I saw this cat at Hakusan Jinja in Bunkyō-ku.