Monday, January 20, 2014

Tokyo Photography: Kichijoji & Inokashira Park

It's been quite a long while since I last visited Kichijoji. Today was relatively warm, without the icy whipping wind of the other day, so it was quite comfortable to be outside in the late afternoon. I decided to talk a walk over to Inokashira Park and explore it a little.

This bear seems to agree.. perfect afternoon for some relax time!
So many shops with interesting little antiques and colorful interior items.. I could look for ages.

This is the area of Kichijoji that is famous for housing the Ghibli Museum, which I'm ashamed to say I haven't ever visited yet after over 4 years in Tokyo! (Well I haven't been to Tokyo Disneyland either.) I just rewatched Howl's Moving Castle the other day, one of my absolute favorites - perhaps I should finally go about reserving tickets at a conbini and getting out to the museum one of these days. I'm also quite curious about the small Inokashira Park Zoo, which was closed when I arrived at the park.

Sailing across the water.
Swan boats.. I want to try one day!
Near the Inokashira Park Zoo entrance.
Lovely fountain in the water.
More boats!

There existed an atmosphere of peace and relaxation about the park, with joggers and dog walkers passing me by on the paths, a handful of tourists taking photos, and even more non-tourists taking photos as well. It was a beautiful day to take a stroll around the lake. Carp colored in shades of red, orange, white and black swam lazily underneath bridges, gaping at me in anticipation if I happened to lean over the side to see them more closely.

These reflections of branches caught my eye.

Sorry, I don't have any food for you :(
No Fishing!
Signs pointing out where to go in the park.

At the park, sunset seemed to take twice or three times longer than usual. On the streets and in the city, sunset happens in an instant almost - the sun slips below the buildings and darkness arrives. At Inokashira, the light slipped lower and lower, but golden rays remained stubbornly wrapped around treetops, glowing their way through bare branches, skittering across the gently rippling water surface.

A shy dove.. I love the pattern of mahogany and black across its wings.