Saturday, July 25, 2009

Japan - Part One

Ebisu Garden Place Tokyo Japan
I've just returned from vacationing in Japan. Although only visiting three cities (Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima), I'd hoped to catch a glimpse of some interesting animals to bring back and share with you. Not an easy task. In Tokyo, we stayed across from Ebisu Garden Place, a massive office, retail and restaurant complex. As you can see from the top photo, taken from our hotel room, there's not much green space, yet it was a popular spot for dog-walking. Click on photos to enlarge.

Doberman Tokyo
There wasn't a speck of poop anywhere. This could have been because every inch of the public space was scrubbed each morning. Or maybe their dogs just don't poop. I'm not even sure the pigeons poop. I swear that Japan has the cleanest and most considerate animals around. And some of the cutest. Check out this little guy I spotted in Yoyogi Park in Harajuku:

Japanese Child Dog
The dog was cute but terribly overdressed -- it was 35 degrees Celsius (95 fahrenheit)! Why do people do that to their pets?

And since we were in Harajuku, I had to snap a few pictures of some of the more interesting Sunday visitors:

Harajuku teenagers

Harajuku teenagers

Harajuku teenagers

Go here to read more about Harajuku's teenagers.


jan said...

What a great vacation spot. I've heard about the cleanliness of Japan from everyone who has visited there. Seems to be a very considerate state of mind there.

Lynn Sinclair said...

It is a clean place, Jan. If you're into hygienic travel destinations, then Japan is the place to go.

Zamankhan said...

your blog is nice and cool!!

NuclearToast said...

WELCOME BACK! Can't wait to hear more about your trip. And I'm awed that you got some pictures of actual Harajuku girls!

On the dog subject, that has to be one rich Japanese dude/family to afford a huge dog like a doberman!

Lynn Sinclair said...

Thanks, NT, it's always good to be back home. The Harajuku girls were so darn cute. There were also some guys dressed up too. The kids happily posed for (and with) the tourists.

That dog is huge, isn't he? There aren't many large houses in Tokyo (that I saw), so I was amazed when I saw the doberman.

Georgie said...

Welcome back! Great photos, Lynn. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Thank you, Georgie.