Two weeks ago today, I was in Japan enjoying the first full day of a week long vacation. And after a delicious sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Market, I headed to Shibamata, an atmospheric neighborhood out in northeastern Tokyo famous for being the home of Tora-san, the comic anti-hero protagonist of the great Yoji Yamada's 48 film Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man) series.
My main purpose for going there was so that I could ride on Yagiri-no-watashi, Tokyo's single remaining man-powered ferry boat. On the walk to the side of the Edogawa (i.e., Edo river) to get on the ferry, I came across a lovely area dedicated to sports and leisure -- with plenty of cyclists about, and schoolboys out practicing and playing baseball. (And on another movie note: I agree with otaku Danny Choo that the fields by the river bring to mind ones you see in anime -- like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. :b)
The scenes at the riverside was so lovely that I had to pause to drink in the sights (and snap a few shots). Although it was pretty hot out, I was happy to be outdoors because the sky was so blue and filled with largely white clouds.
(For contrast, I've included a weekday snap of commuters at Shinjuku Station in this entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts! And while they are remarkably disciplined as well directed in terms of their movements and paths, I do have to say that part of me still had a fear of getting stuck in a place which would see me (accidentally) trampled by that large crowd!! ;b)