I know I broke my, oh so sincere, promise of a blog post a day. But! I have lots of great excuses.
1) my foot was really injured!
2) I had to practice for & take my shodan (first degree black belt) test! (Which I passed)
3) I was tired?
Today I decided to go to Yushima Tenjin Shrine, which is well known for it's Ume (plum) blossoms.
Plum blossoms bloom a few weeks before cherry blossoms, so they signal the beginning of spring in Tokyo.
They (apparently unlike cherry blossoms) smell really good, so the whole shrine smelled like perfume and looked to nice and it was 20 degrees today and it was awesome.
|there was some sort of oragami display going on there.|
|lady with a trained monkey!|
Yushima Tenjin enshrines the god of education, so all these are messages/prayers from students who want to pass the entrance exams into good universities in Tokyo (or anywhere)
The paper cranes are for extra luck!
And then, since I was already in Bunkyo (that's one of the 23 wards of Tokyo) I decided to head over to the Bunkyo Civic Centre as the promised me a good view of Tokyo.
And since I got these late-ish I decided to stay to enjoy the sunset!
Unfortunately for me it was a pretty overcast day which means the sunset wasn't outstanding and I couldn't see Mount Fuji, which is roughly where the sun was going down.
|Tokyo SkyTree is now one of the few observation desks I haven't been to.|
Between when that photo was taken the the sunset I went down to the ground floor and looked around and art gallery where a lovely old Japanese man followed me around and translated all the descriptions for me, which made me experience all the better!
Came back upstairs to this.
And then to round of a great day I stopped my the Hombu Dojo and picked up my certificate!