Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Walk around Nezu Jinja / 根津神社の散歩

And now for my main walk.  This is the entrance to Nezu Jinja.


Torii to Nezu Jinja / 根津神社の鳥居

Most likely the mikoshi storage buildings / 多分神輿の倉

A bit of history about Nezu Jinja.  

Here is bit more information for you temple and shrine enthusiasts.

I can tell you that the shrine was built in 1706.

No, this is not the main shrine.  


Do you see the turtles on the rocks in the foreground?


Shinkyo / 神橋

Sakuramon / 桜門

Karamon / 唐問

Honden / 本殿

Seido Toro (Seido-style Japanese lantern) / 青銅灯篭

Komainu / 狛犬

Entrance to Otomo Inari Jinja / 乙女稲荷神社の入り口

That's a lot of torii / 鳥居がどの位あるかね

How far does this continue? / どこまでつづくか?

Otome Inari Jinja / 乙女稲荷神社

Komagome Inari Jinja / 駒込稲荷神社

Lazy turtle catching a ride on a carp? / 怠けの亀が鯉におんぶ?

I really liked this area.  Unfortunately, it seems I missed taking a picture of one more item of interest - the "Bungo Ikoi no Ishi", a rock where writers such as Natsume Soseki and Ogai Mori were said to have sit and thought of ideas for their novels.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nezu Cafe / 根津カフェ

My walk around Kumano Jinja, Chuo Park, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was not my main destination.  That was more of a pre-walk.  My actual destination was Nezu and Nezu Jinja.  I was planning on having lunch at a place that was featured on a popular television program in Nezu.  Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on Thursdays so I settled on this cafe before checking out Nezu Jinja.  The menu featured a spaghetti grautin (or I suppose it would be called a spaghetti casserole in English) that looked promising so that it what I ordered.


Served with bread (which is hiding in the background).


Bon Appetit!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Walk around Kumano Shrine, Chuo Park, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Part 4) / 熊野神社、中央公園と都庁の散歩 (パート4)

Chuo Park is also located right across the way from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building  (which has twin towers) and going to the observatory at the top is free.  I've gone up before but since it was close I decided to check it out again!


This is the Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment Building.


Tokyo Governor still trying to get Tokyo to be a future Olympic site.


West Shinjuku Skyscrapers / 西新宿高層ビル

Interesting art piece / 面白いアートのオブジェ

The following pictures are views from the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.


Tokyo is definitely a concrete jungle!

The tall building on the left is the Shinjuku Park Tower.  The tall building to the right is the Tokyo Opera City Tower.

左側の高層ビルは新宿パークタワー (235m)。 右側の高層ビルは東京オペラシティタワー (234m)。

The green area below is Chuo Park, you can also see the Shinjuku Niagara Falls as well.  The small cluster of buildings a bit to the left of that large yellow building is Kumano Jinja.


That white triangular building in the middle of the picture is Nakano Sun Plaza.


Tokyo Sky Tree / 東京スカイツリー

I forget what that funky building in the foreground is.  (A couple of my blog followers informed me that the building is the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower - thank you friends!)


That building that looks like the Empire State Building is the NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building (240M).
You can see the Tokyo Tower to the right (next to the left of the tall black building).


Its very difficult to tell, but I tried to capture a picture with both the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Tokyo Tower.


Next, its off to lunch and my next area of walking.