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Court Nishi Waseda

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Speaking of tennis courts, today’s photo is from our apartment building in Tokyo, コート西早稲田. The land was formerly occupied by a bunch of Waseda University tennis courts. Long before that (early 17th Century), Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu built a horse racing track here. Waseda University still owns part, or maybe all, of the place. Notice the double-decker (triple-decker, actually) parking spots. There are cars under these cars.

I think I took this photo because the sky was particularly blue on this fall morning. Perhaps there was a rain storm the night before. Tokyo doesn’t usually feature skies this blue. If you want to see a blue sky in Tokyo, your odds are much improved in the fall and winter months.

Food (and flower) shop in Nishiwaseda

food flower store tokyo japan

The sign above this ancient business says the business is called Matsuya and the product is food. I walked past this place hundreds of times in Tokyo and never once saw a customer. Occasionally I saw an old person inside, sleeping in a chair waiting for a customer. I wondered how long this store had been there. 40 years? 60 years? Could it have actually survived the war? Probably not. My best guess is that it went up shortly after the war but probably was rebuilt to look just like the pre-war store.

食料品店 means the store sells food; however, the only food-like items are in the vending machines outside the store. All I ever saw were flowers and plants–and not really nice, fresh ones like the other flower stores in Tokyo. These flowers always had an old and about-to-die look, sort of like the rest of the place.

Taariiya (Indian Food)

インド定食 ターリー屋 西早稲田店

インド定食 ターリー屋 西早稲田店

Right next to Waseda University is an Indian Restaurant that I frequented about once a week. If I arrived before a certain time (11 a.m. I think) they had some great deals. Since my class ended a half hour before the time cutoff I’d arrive for the special, which was just a few hundred yen and consisted of a few curries, rice, naan, and an egg. Seeing this photo again I can almost taste my old usual order.

Yukitsuri in Kansenen

kansenen yukitsuri tree tent japan

Yukitsuri are common throughout Japan, even in areas that get little or no snow (like Tokyo). These “tree tents” are supposed to save the branches from accumulating heavy snowfall.

Plum blossoms near Waseda University



It won’t be long now before the plum blossoms begin to hit Japan (January and February for the most part). Today’s photo is from Horinji, a Buddhist temple near Waseda University in the center of Tokyo.

Mizu Inari Jinja (水稲荷神社)



The white paper on this Shinto shrine is called gohei (御幣). The bells are rung to summon the gods. The kanji written on the bell pulls say Asukai (飛鳥井). I’m not sure of the significance.

This shrine dates back to 941, but, like many shrines in post-WW2 Japan, 水稲荷神社 has been moved from its original location. Mizu Inari Jinja has been in its current location (between Waseda University and Kansenen Park) since 1963.

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