Recent weekends

29 Mar

Do you know that you can click on all of the “thumbnail” size photos on this blog to see it in full-size?

A couple weekends ago, we decided to look around the Tokyo University campus.

We’ve been in the university’s area many times, but this was the first time we walked onto the campus.

Have you ever heard of Tokyo University? It’s an “Ivy League” school like Harvard or Oxford? When we visited Boston years ago, we checked out Harvard’s campus…just out of curiosity. And that’s why we went to 東大 (“Todai”…the common abbreviation of Tokyo University’s name in Japanese (which is 東京大学 “Tokyo Daigaku”)).

It’s a large, beautiful campus.

Tokyo University’s soccer field…and some of their buildings in the background. Tokyo University 三四郎池 (Sanshirou-ike)


The weekend before that, we went to 東武動物公園 (Tobu-zoo), north of Tokyo.

It’s a very nice zoo / amusement park! They have many rides, roller coasters, a ferris wheel, etc that the kids love…as well as a very nice zoo! And there’s a dog-park…where you can sit and hold and play with any of the numerous dogs there. We don’t have any pets at home…so my kids love that part of the zoo (my wife and I do, as well)!

Here’s a picture of the ferris wheel:


And I took this picture of the roller coaster as my kids were riding it. It was a very fast roller coaster! It looked like torture to me…but they wanted to ride it again (the line was too long, though)!

roller coaster…my kids were riding it!

The hippo’s lunch time:


And this is a “Lesser-Panda”. They are very popular in Japan…because they’re cute—and one was seen standing upright at Ueno Zoo a couple years ago…it was on the news.



Today is Saturday. The weather is nice and and it’s warm. So my youngest is at the park with her friends…and my oldest daughter took the train with her friend into downtown Tokyo to go shopping!

I recently have been allowing her to take the train with her friends…but always to go somewhere close. Today was the first time I allowed her to go that far. Her and her friend are going to a part of the city popular with teenagers.

I have to let them grow up…I guess.

Anyways…me and the second daughter are about to go to the local library together now.

One Response to “Recent weekends”

  1. Mom April 2, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    I love the lay out of the site now too. It’s easier to leave a msg because now I can go back to whatever I was reading to leave a msg-before it was more difficult because my memory is not my best quality lately.
    Toyko University looks huge and it is a really nice campus. Do you have any idea of what their tuition is? are scholarships available in Japan? and my last ?, are girls encouraged to go to college as much as the boys?
    Tobo-zoo looks like a fun place to visit too. the dog-park is a great idea too. I would love that. what kinds of dogs were there? any Bishons or Shitzus? I can imagine the girls loving all the rides too.
    Wow, I am surprized to hear that daughter 3 went shopping to dwntwn Tokyo with her friends. that must be a really special time for her. I am sure we can all remember what it was like to be that age.
    I’m sure youngest daughter loves going to the park with her friends too. and going to the library with daughter #2 sounds like a fun time too. You and your lovely wife are terrific parents! I love the lesser panda too, I can see why he is popular. the rides look fun too. I’ll pass on the roller coaster-it would make me feel sick for sure.
    I love all the photos, esp. the cherry blossom trees. I also loved the video of the musicans playing outside the store. I hope that is one tradition that continues for a long time.
    Tks again, Bobby, for all the work you put into making this such an incredible site.


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