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I’ve waited WAY too long to post this, since I’m having trouble remembering the order of events and the like. This was WAAYYY back at the beginning of December, the weekend before my birthday, so I’m just going to have to summarize and post pictures and hope I get things right!

We decided to take a weekend trip to Tokyo and to visit the community where Kenji grew up near Tokyo, called Kunitachi. We left Friday afternoon (thank god for time stamps on pictures, I wouldn’t have remembered that) and headed on the train from Shinmachi station to Ueno, and then from Ueno to Tachikawa. Took some pictures in Tachikawa and visited a few places, then headed for Kunitachi to eat and find a place to stay the night.

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Lights of Tachikawa

Next morning was super rainy, but we headed out anyway to explore Kunitachi and see a lot of the places Kenji remembered.

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Breakfast in the morning

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Streets of Kunitachi

Our first stop was to walk by Kenji’s old apartment and visit the shrine near his house:

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Guardian

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Chickens!

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The shrine grounds

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Waterlogged

Kenji got talking with the priest, who invited him to the upstairs area of the newly built building for a one-room museum tour. Apparently this shrine is also the ending point of the first ever automobile drive in Japan, so it is trying to be known for car safety as well as normal shrine things. So they have a new building and such.

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Inside the museum

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Around the back

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Koi!

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Kenji’s neighborhood

After lots of walking around, we headed back to Tachikawa for a few more pictures…

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… then into Tokyo proper to do a few things before leaving, like visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for the view! A bunch of pictures from it:

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Shinjuku station was after that, but I really wanted kebobs from Ueno, so we headed over to that station and left from there instead.

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Shinjuku lights

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From Shinjuku station

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To Ueno

And finally home. Or something like that…

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