I respectfully request one more month of summer vacation. August is already winding down, the weather has cooled off drastically, and work thoughts are beginning to attack my sense of serenity. It has been a very good summer, though, so I suppose it isn’t fair to complain. “The wife” and I stayed in Tokyo for the entire month, going on coffee dates, eating out, attending concerts, and generally enjoying city life (if not the record-breaking heatwave this year). I had plenty of time for both short and longer rides, as well as for organ practice, and loads of photography. Here are a few things I discovered while poking around Tokyo and its environs.
- The city, or, rather, one small portion of it viewed from Sunshine 60 in Ikebukuro. As you can see, there are plenty of places to explore.
- The gardens in the new Toshima Ward Office Building. They run down the side of the building from the tenth to the fourth floor, and are stunning. And free. Highly recommended if in Ikebukuro.
- Temples and shrines galore. Just ride or walk with your eyes open and you will stumble across beautiful things every few minutes.
4. Open air museum – I was the only visitor
5. Oddities also abound
6. Museums. We didn’t get to too many this year, but did enjoy an afternoon in the Tokyo National Museum.
These and many more photos can be seen on my Flickr site. You can access it through the photo album link (above right) or by clicking here.
What’s next? Plenty! Choir camp runs from Sept 1 – 11, for starters. I’m also performing an organ recital at St Paul’s Anglican Church here in Tokyo on Sept. 26. The Rikkyo University choir will be joining me on the second half. Here’s the poster: