Thursday, December 29, 2016

Komazawa Oktoberfest / 駒沢オクトバーフェス

Don't ask me why but sometimes Japan likes to have other countries festivals out of season and so it is with Oktoberfest. As it was being held at Komazawa Olympic Park in June, after lunch at a gyoza shop, my wife and I walked to the park to take a peak.


One of my friend's took us before and seemed like another good time for gyoza. Heck, anytime is a good time for gyoza!

以前友達がこの店に連れてくれたことがあった。 今日もちょっと餃子の気分。毎日餃子食べても良いと思う!

Okay, so we had some fried rice with our gyoza as well.


Taking a peak at the Komazawa Oktoberfest. First, must check out all the booths.


Hey, wait a minute. That's not a beer stand. That says sake! It says Tohoku Sake Festival.


I of course had to try at least one beer so which one did I choose? After making a couple of rounds of the booths I decided upon a dark beer served at the Weihenstephan booth and chose to drink a Doppel Bock.


Yes, I only had one beer. This festival is too expensive. First you need to put a 1000 yen deposit for the glass and then the beers cost an average of 1000yen or more. At least you get your deposit back if you don't break the glass or don't plan on taking it home.


And ice cream with my wife before walking home.


Monday, December 26, 2016

A Walk around Yoyogi Uehara and Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine / 代々木上原と代々木八幡の散歩

As I have already featured the Bhutanese restaurant we went to in Yoyogi Uehara, let me share with you are walk around Uehara and the Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine as well. We took the bus to Shibuya but walked from the station to Yoyogi Uehara.


At Yoyogi Park, the 9th annual Tokyo Food Education Fair. We only walked through it as this we were on our way to Yoyogi Uehara.


The tractor on display was pretty cool.


Okay, we couldn't resist. We had to have a yaki-imo.


Snacks while on our way to Yogogi Hachiman Shrine.


Nice autumn colors.


The stairs leading up to Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine.


Hand purification basin / 手水舎

Large trees on the shrine grounds.


It appears I have forgotten to take a picture of the main shrine as we left here to go eat lunch. We would come back after lunch to check out the rest of the area.


Apparently, items from the Jomon period was also found in this area. This is a replica of one of the houses people may have lived in.


Sign on how the houses were made.


Prayer boards / 絵馬

Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine Seal / 代々木八幡宮の御朱印

Torii to another small shrine.


Gates to the Yoyogi Shuse Inari Daimyojin.


Yoyogi Shuse Inari Shrine / 出世稲荷社

Mikoshi (portable shrine) storage / 神輿

There was also a small building displaying the Jomon period findings along with a model of how life was lived.


After exploring Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine, our walk would take us back through Yoyogi Park and we would go on our way home.


Tree with moss in Yoyogi Park.


We also made a heart out of the fallen leaves.


Autumn colors in Yoyogi Park.


The Pine tree in the background is called the Pine Tree of Imperial Troop Review. See the below picture for an explanation.


"Quetzalcoatle" by Federico Silva. A gift to Japan from the country of Mexico.

「ケツァルコアトウル」 作者:フェデリーコ スルバ。メキシコ合衆国から東京都へ贈られたものです。

Family hanging out at the park.


The only building left commemorating the Olympic Village when the Tokyo Olympics were held in 1964.


Friendship Blossoms 2012 / 友好の木 2012

A gift from the people of the United States of America to the people of Japan.


This white rose is called the shinsetsu.


We caught a group of Mario Cart drivers while walking back to the station.


Shibuya Scramble Intersection / 渋谷スクランブル交差点

However, before heading back home, we decided to check out the Beauty and the Beast Christmas tree that was displayed at the Tokyu Building.


This VW van was just too cute to pass up too.


It was a Moving Truck Stand for hotdogs.