I was in Sugita on Sunday taking photos for “Japan by Train” and visited Myohoji Temple (妙法寺), which has a very old tree. The tree is an ibuki, or Chinese juniper. It’s not impressively large, but it is incredibly old. According to the sign, it’s over 600 years old. I wish I could read Japanese better, so I’d know the history of the tree. But this is the kind of thing I like finding when I explore neighbourhoods.
This post is taking part in this week’s “Show Me Japan.”
In Japan, you can sometimes find graffiti. It’s not as common as in Canada, though. Japan is a very clean place, and people in the community work to clean up their neighbourhoods. But sometimes, you can find graffiti, which is hard to clean. Here is an example of graffiti, which actually seems a bit silly and kind of funny.
I would really be worried if someone wrote Big Bird or Cookie Monster.
It’s the 10th week of doing Picture of the Week, and I haven’t missed one yet. Here is a picture of Sugita’s Plala shopping centre, which also has a condo building on top.
It’s getting close to the time of the year for Tanabata, or the Star Festival. I’d already posted a picture about this last year, but I think this picture is much better. Tanabata is on July 7th.
Very colourful decorations for Tanabata.
This picture was taken on Friday afternoon during my lunch break. This is a building at Tozenji, a temple near where I work. It was a bright day, and the building is dark, so it showed the iPhone camera’s limitations.
A building at Tozenji temple.
A couple of other blogs have pictures of wires in Japan, and I thought I’d add one of my own. This was taken in Sugita’s shopping street in Isogo Ward, Yokohama.
Wires over Sugita's Plum Road shopping street.
I was wondering about how my cell phone took fuzzy pictures, wiped the camera lens, and accidentally pressed ok. I meant to press cancel. Anyway, here’s Shin-Sugita station!