秋分の日

24 Sep

Yesterday was a Japanese holiday, 秋分の日 (Autumn Equinox)…so we all had the day off.

Both the 秋分の日 (Autumn Equinox) and 春分の日 (Spring Equinox) are holidays in Japan. Japanese people pay a visit to their family grave on these holidays.
(See my FAQ here to read about Japan’s holidays).

After we went to our family grave site, we decided to go to the Tokyo Dome City amusement park because we still had ride tickets from our last visit there.

I agreed to ride on the big, wild roller-coaster with my kids.

I’ll never do that again! I used to really like roller-coasters when I was my kids’ ages…but I’ve decided that I don’t like them anymore!

I thought I’d be able to take a video of the ride…but the amusement park staff wouldn’t let me bring my camera on the ride. It’s just as well…I couldn’t have been able to use my camera since both of my hands were holding the handrail on the roller-coaster with a deathgrip for the entire ride!

(But last month I took a video of this roller-coaster while I was standing safely on the ground. It’s on this post).

After the amusement park, we walked to 根津神社 (Nezu Shrine).

This is a video of the shrine’s entrance:

Nezu Shrine has a row of over 150 Torii Gates.

Here’s a video I took while walking under all of the 鳥居 (Torii Gates):

Here’s the rest of them:

A few more videos of the shrine:

From there we walked to 上野 (Ueno) and went to some temples, the park, and a few stores around there.

We found this small (cicada):

We had dinner in an 居酒屋 (Japanese izakaya restaurant).

We went home from 上野駅 (Ueno Train Station)…and walked past the Hard Rock Cafe, Uyeno-eki Tokyo.

Here’s a video I took walking to the entrance of 上野駅 (Ueno train station):

2 Responses to “秋分の日”

  1. tokyo5 September 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    bartman905…

    Thanks for the kind words.
    I’m sure, since you’re a father as well, that you feel the same as me…it’s important to spend as much time with your kids as possible—they grow up so fast!

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  2. bartman905 September 24, 2008 at 8:38 pm #

    >> since both of my hands were holding the handrail on the roller-coaster with a deathgrip for the entire ride

    lol .. that’s a great description because that is exactly me riding a roller coaster. I am completely with you on this one, the best way to ride a roller coaster is from the ground. We are both getting too old for this (^_^)

    >> Nezu Shrine has a row of over 150 Torii Gates.

    I really love to walk through rows of Torii Gates and we hope to see the one in Kyoto when we visit here sometime next month for a few days.

    Another great post – love the pictures and the videos. Thanks for sharing.

    PS. You are a wonderful father for spending so much time with your family – you are a good man.

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