August 18, 2008
I attended my second fireworks display, hanabi, of the summer this past Saturday along the banks of the Tama River near Futako-Tamagawa station. If you can believe it, I am still so naive that even after 5+ years of living in Japan, I wasn’t expecting to have to fight through huge crowds! Of course Futako-Tamagawa station was jammed with people exiting trains to head to the river for the fireworks. However, once out of the fray, there was plenty of space even for late arrivers to find a nice spot upon which to gaze upwards for the hour-long fireworks display.
March 27, 2008
The full moon over Shinjuku on March 22, 2008 as seen from my apartment’s balcony in Shinjuku, Tokyo.