The crossing at Hachiko in Shibuya remains pretty much unchanged since last year.
After spending 3-and-a-half weeks in Tokyo in February and March this year, I wanted to share some of the photos I took. Since the reason we went was for me to take care of my mother who was hospitalized, I wasn’t able to travel anywhere else with my family or spend much time outside of my mother’s apartment or the hospital. So this time around I didn’t take a large number of photos like I had in previous years, but I still was able to take a few shots. Here is my travel diary from Japan during early Spring this year:
It was Springtime in Tokyo and the cherry blossoms were in bloom whilst I was there.
As many of you know, my family and I traveled to Tokyo, Japan in April of this year to take care of my mother who suffered a spinal stroke. (Who lives in Tokyo for her job.) Though I didn’t have much time to take photos in the beginning of my trip, near the end my mother’s condition had improved, so I was able to do some activities with my family and take some pictures.
You can see Part 1 of my travel photo diary here. Here are the rest of the photos I took during my trip: (more…)
Every year in late April the enormous Japan Hobby Show takes over a huge exhibition hall in Odaiba for 3 days straight. Buyers and avid crafters from all over Japan flock to Tokyo to visit the Hobby Show, see the latest techniques, pick up the newest products, engage in workshops and demonstrations, and celebrate all there is to love about crafting. I’ve never been before but luckily my last-minute trip to Tokyo happened to coincide with the 36th annual Show, so I was able to spend a day last week visiting the show and ogling everything.
I thought the giant saw outside the complex was quite apropo.
The place was packed and even though I arrived at 10 AM on the dot, I had to wait in a huge line for 40 minutes until I could get in the doors. That line of people above? It’s all one line that snakes around at the back to return on the left side of the photo. Yikes!
But once inside, there was such an array of things to be ogled!
Seriously, pretty much every craft I could think of that is popular in Japan was represented at booths and tables throughout.
Well, it’s now been just over a week-and-a-half since I arrived in Tokyo to take care of my mother as she recuperates from her recent stroke.
I arrived late Wednesday evening April 4th, discharged my mother from the hospital Thursday morning, and went to stay with her in her apartment. Hub and Lil Tot are staying with my in-laws in a different part of the city, and I’m able to see them every couple days or so briefly.
I am sleeping in my mother’s storage room. (more…)