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" It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Japan - Tokyo > Ueno area

" Cherry, cherry cherry trees begin to bloom, and bloom is over -- in the park where nothing (it seems) ever happened."  (Resitated at Poetry Forum Japan : Machi Tawara at japan Society Thursday, June 1, 2000)

If I miss anything right now, I am missing Japan's cherry blossom season. If you are visiting Japan for a short time during March and April you really need to go to the Ueno area. Walk around the area, hit the zoo then finish off with the Science Museum. There is a Ueno train station; which makes it easier to fine the place.

Ueno Area has the Tokyo zoo and AWESOME science Museum. Ueno is the cultural area of Tokyo; well that's what I was told. When I lived in Japan, Ueno was one of my favorite places to visit. Once I went and watched a punk out, all girl Japanese band play polka music. Another time I watched a man strip down to his underwear and stand on a box-For the love of Art. He disappeared very quickly.

One of things Ueno is famous for is the Cherry blossoms. The whole area is covered in these glorious trees. When the wind blows the blossoms look like pink snowflakes flutter down around you. The only problem is every tourist and half of Japan’s population will be there with you. But it is something you need to do once and take lots of photos.

Address: 5-20 Ueno Koen Taito-ku, Tokyo Information: 03-3828-5644  Access: Ueno Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March - Early April
Cherry Blossom Festival: March 20 - April 4, 2010 (*Light-up Time: 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.)

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