Lots and lots of Lycoris

I’m not a hundred percent certain, as botany really isn’t my bag, but I do believe the carpet of colour below is created by the Lycoris plant. However, what is certain, is that in such large numbers they look absolutely wonderful.

Japanese Lycoris or Higan Bana

And, at the same time, appear to make equally wonderful wallpaper.

Japanese Lycoris or Higan Bana

Kunitachi Festival faces

Whether low-key or nationally lauded, Japanese festivals are always a lot of fun — events where one can enjoy a variety of sights and sounds as well as fill up on a dazzling array of food and drink.

However, arguably more interesting are the actual people participating; a fascinating array of faces that suggest something, and yet at the same time nothing, about their owners.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

All the time begging the question: Are these really the same suited and staid salaried workers that come Monday morning will be crammed into a carriage like millions of other commuters? Or alternatively, do they include the likes of Mr and Mrs Sato who run the little restaurant down the road, or maybe Baba-san the local builder?

But whatever work they do, or regardless of what kind of lives they lead, come festival time the whole lot is left behind.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

And instead, amidst the din of the drums:

Listen!

It’s time for geniality.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

Joy.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

Jubilation.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

And sometimes just jolliness.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

Plus, for those who have seen it so many times before, it’s a chance, for most of them at least,

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

to enjoy a much more leisurely experience.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

One that involves noticeably more looking,

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

than lifting.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

But, in no time at all, it’s over, with nothing left to do but savour the last of the sounds,

Listen!

then walk back to wherever it is they come from, and whatever it is they do.

Kunitachi festival in Tokyo

Slightly bleak Tokyo barbecue?

Tokyo doesn’t exactly have a glut of greenery, and a good deal of what there is has a ban on barbecues, so, when a spot of outdoor dining is desired, compromises sometimes have to be made when it comes to conditions and copious amounts of concrete.

Tokyo BBQ

The crazy world of Arata Baba

This man gave us fire.

Japanese juggler

But, if I hadn’t been watching, and instead had been walking, I’d have feasibly got a far better photo of this other fella’s much more enthralling fashion.

unusual Japanese fashion

His goldfish bowl earrings in particular garnering envious.

unusual Japanese fashion

Or just plain aghast.

unusual Japanese fashion

Glances.

Autumn signs on Shubun no Hi

Yesterday was blistering, a bona fide belter, but today, on a national holiday named Shubun no Hi (Autumnal Equinox Day), it’s suitably cooler and comfortingly less clammy.

Plus, regardless of how warm it will once again get, there are now some serious signs that fall isn’t all that far away.

Tokyo shrine in Autumn