A walk around Kami-Shakujii

Following on from this post about my old house in Kami Shakujii and this one a couple of years ago showing the neighbourhood where we lived in Hong Kong, I have a long overdue post showing the area where I lived when I first came to Tokyo in 2011. This summer I went back for the first time since I left, and it’s hardly changed at all! Here are a mix of photos from this trip and my earlier year there.

I used to get this train every day!

I used to get this train every day!

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Kami Shakujii station

Kami Shakujii station

View from the station

View from the station

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Across the tracks

Across the tracks

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The supermarket at the end is called

The supermarket at the end is called “Inageya” (cue childish mirth)

My old pad

My old pad

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Sumidagawa Fireworks

Rather than the welcome to winter that fireworks are back in the UK, in Japan they are a summer affair. The hat, scarf and baked potatoes are shunned in favour of shorts, beer and intensive sweating in the stifling summer humidity. In Tokyo, there are three big firework festivals on consecutive Saturdays at the end of July/beginning of August, and this year we cycled to the one 10 minutes from our house along the Sumida River.

People come into the streets to try and get any possible vantage point they can, and usually bring out picnic blankets and chairs to sit at by the side of the road. Like when the cherry blossom comes out in spring, it’s a very social occasion with friends and family meeting up, drinking beer and generally having a jovial evening.

The Sky Tree all lit up

The Sky Tree all lit up

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People sat by the side of the roads looking for a good vantage point

People sat by the side of the roads looking for a good vantage point

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Through the trees of Sumida Park

Through the trees of Sumida Park

All entranced

All entranced

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Prime position under the motorway

Prime position under the motorway

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