|上野駅前 | In front of Ueno Station|
I ended up walking through Ueno Park, which is full of trees, monuments, shrines and temples, and museums. I wasn't in a museum mood, so I just wandered about the park to my heart's content.
|A monument dedicated to ... eyeglasses! Hear hear!|
|As I stood there reading this, I become consciously aware|
that I was reading this and felt pretty proud of myself.
I remember Mikawa Ossan reading these things before
and me just not really knowing what was what.
|Another one, regarding the arrival of the car,|
that I was happy to be reading.
|Somehow, I didn't get the same feeling with this one, though. :-p|
|A wild stray cat appeared!|
|Ancient Japanese. Couldn't read this one.|
|This duck was flapping its wings.|
(Perhaps it was trying to do ballet?)
|Welcome to 不忍池, Shinobazu Pond.|
(There's a reading I'd never have guessed.)
After buying some tea from a nearby vending machine, I sat on a pond-side bench and did a bit of reading before heading out of the park and running into an area that I was surprised that I actually knew a bit from my previous trips.
|I took this from a second floor of a McDonald's.|
It was at this point that I realized that there were tentative plans with a couple of friends to visit an aquarium. Oops.
Wireless is generally hard to come by in Tokyo, but Starbucks offers free wireless. I rushed back to Ueno Station, looking for a Starbucks I could leech off of briefly on the way. Finding none, I entered the station and found a map that indicated that there was a Starbucks in the station right around the corner I was at. Lucky!
After chatting with my friends, I headed out to Ikebukuro to meet up and head toward an area called Sunshine City to visit the aquarium.
|This fish was just chilling out.|
|Yes, I do mind, thank you very much!|
|This one reminds me of a Super Mario enemy.|
So how about some Okonomiyaki! Another one to scratch off my list of things to do.
|The brightest place I've seen yet.|