Seasonal Scenes of Tokyo

From overpriced fruit shops to flea markets, this is my Tokyo:

 

Summer’s sought-after musk melons. If you have the money to spare, try one for $108 – $162 each. How they fly off the shelves is a mystery to me…

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For a few weeks of the year, Japan is the most beautiful country on earth. No other tree can match the radiance of a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. If I had only one chance to visit Tokyo, it would be in March/April for the hanami season.

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One of countless little shrines dotted around Central Tokyo. The shiny red torii gates are a welcome change amongst the dreary grey buildings.

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A rainy day means dodging the drizzle and the millions of umbrella spokes potentially poking out one’s eyes. Be on guard at Shibuya crossing!

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Tokyo is blessed with fine, sunny winters  so no need to stay indoors – families like to rug up in down jackets and take the kids to the park. 

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Tokyoites love beautiful things, quality is king.

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A young lady escapes the summer heat in a cafe and enjoys an iced green tea kakigori dessert.

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Japanese lacquerware, usually red and black , sometimes with gold or mother-of-pearl detail looks beautiful in any home. Pick up some vintage plates and boxes at your local flea market.

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Maisen in Omotesando is Tokyo’s tonkatsu mecca. The deep-fried, breaded pork cutlets are a huge hit in Japan, and Maisen has a queue snaking out the door. It’s well worth the wait. Maisen also have breaded shrimp and katsu-curry on the menu.

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Time for a change. Everyone loves to see the autumn leaves. This time of year is a kind of respite period between the relentless summer humidity and the dry, cold winters in Tokyo.

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2 responses to “Seasonal Scenes of Tokyo

    • Thanks, you’re very sweet! I hope you get there and let me know if you get around to it, I have TIPS which are good to know before you leave.

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