|Picnic in Yoyogi Koen|
Cate has the best leisure sheet.
Summer slowly appeared, rainy season has gone and it's hot and muggy. The languid summer days in Japan make me feel slightly sleepy, and I enjoy lazy afternoons at the park, long aimless walks and soaking in some culture. The Japanese word for heat-induced sleepiness in summer is natsubate.
Sometimes I do things that are not considered exciting by most people. For example, I visited the Tobacco & Salt Museum last Sunday. I walked by, and I was curious to see what was inside, and for the mere sum of ¥100, I finally learned about the history of growing tobacco plants and the cultural significance of tobacco in Japanese culture, as well as internationally. I especially liked the old cigarette packages and adverts, from all over the world. I was quite impressed by the big block of salt displayed on the top floor, although I was hoping for more salt-related items. I liked visiting that museum, although I probably broke the record for fastest museum visit ever. I do recommend going if you walk by it in Shibuya.
Also this week, the Ueno Zoo panda gave birth to a baby, but the cub panda suddenly died from pneumonia. I felt quite sad, as I've never even seen the mother panda, I love pandas and they're almost extinct. I don't like the idea of a zoo, but I love animals and I wish I could see them more easily.
I quite happy basking in the sun (while it's hot but not unbearable just yet), and taking a few more bites of this city I only know a small fraction of, at a slower pace. The crowded trains and stressful stride of city life sometimes drive me out of my mind, and even though I've been living in Japan for over two years, I do feel bouts of culture shock reappearing when I least expect it. Yet, this weather is making me too sluggish to get upset, so instead I turn to parks, picnics, late night running, and cookies.
|Another poster I like, at Omotesando station|
|Sunday brunch at Nicolai Bergmann NOMU|
in Aoyama, tuna sandwich and soy smoothie
|My idea of excitement|
|Old tobacco adverts in Japan|
|The aforementioned block of salt, I was quite intrigued|
|Late afternoon at Yoyogi Koen|
|Post-picnic sushi feast,|
and there's a delicious crab in my soup.
|Sunny Tuesday afternoon Bear Pond iced latte|
|Mid-week avocado burger at Whoopi Goldburger|
and spicy ginger ale
|A reader recommended Pâtisserie Pierre|
in my area of Ikenoue, it's such a hidden gem.
Thank you so much!
|The Four Sec cookie literally melted in my mouth|
I had chestnut and yuzu flavours
|I saw a dog in Shimokitazawa|
He was well-behaved and looked very alert and worried
|A rainy view of Tokyo from Shibuya station|
during a train transfer
|Going nowhere in particular|
(or waiting for a train?)