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.
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.