-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Before I visited Ueno, a district in Tokyo's Taito Ward, that is the home of Ueno Park known as a prominent cherry blossom viewing spot, I conceived private conviction that the park wasn’t so crowded because last weekend was the best time to view the blossoms. However, never underestimate cherry-blossom-loving Japanese. Yesterday, there were many people enjoying the blossoms. Since temperatures were cold at the beginning of this week, the flowers still bloomed.
Many people also love to have a party held under the cherry trees. These persons are holding a place for their colleagues and friends gathering coming together for a party in the evening.
Main significance of my visit was an exhibition of El Greco, a medieval painter born in Greek. The park is also home to some of Tokyo's finest cultural sites, including the multiple museums (Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) , as well as a major public concert hall.
The painter produced his mature works in Toledo, Spain. Many years ago I took a day trip to Toledo when I was in Madrid and saw his works. I was in the course of a trip with my friend by trains through Italy (Venice, Rome, and Firenze) and southern France to Spain (Valenciana, Andalucia, and Madrid). Though I was tired of religious pictures, I could enjoy his presentation of figures. The people that he drew are appealing regardless whether he or she holy or not.
Then I took a long walk through the rows of blooming trees along the Shinobazu Pond.
You know, in Japan, even cats watch cherry blossoms.
Just kidding. Someone living in the park takes care of the cat and set down it in its favorite spot with seasonal costumes. Now it’s one of the characteristic scenes in Spring.
You know, in Japan, even gulls ….