Today was a little R&R, shopping, and studying.
I finally made it to Meiji Jingu today. I only got lost once, but a helpful young man at the gas stand helped me find my way again. (Hooray for listening & speaking skills!) It was a perfect day for the shrine, as the weather was clear and sunny (i.e. warm & humid). I picked up some snacks and drinks at the oh-so-wonderful conbini, then enjoyed just sitting under the shade of a tree in the park, watching families and kids enjoying the nice weather. When I made my way to the shrine itself, one of the guards was herding people around and I couldn’t understand why until a wedding procession started in. Last day to be a June bride at Meiji Jingu; I saw two wedding parties in the 30 minutes that I was there. The brides’ kimono were incredible.
The little leaflet/map at the entrance of the shrine grounds noted that it’s the 100th anniversary of Emperor Meiji’s death on July 30th. Today they were having a cleansing ceremony in the afternoon (I didn’t stay that long) and will be having several events next month to mark the Emperor’s legacy. Talk about good timing for a summer in Japan! I’ll definitely be going to some of these
And then some planned (and some unplanned) shopping at Tokyu Hands.
With the ever present threat of rain, I decided to buy the tiniest umbrella I could (also the least expensive portable one I saw). That’s my iPod touch on the side for scale purposes. Super 便利な傘でしょうねえ。
And an impulse buy. Though, in my defense, I did need tape. Why don’t we get cute stuff like this in the US?
Then off to Waseda to buy my textbooks and find that pond. And not only did I find the pond, but I saw some white koi. I wonder if they make sure to have at least one white koi in the pond at all times for geeky tourists like me to get excited about?
Now to figure out my schedule and put it in three different places, so it’ll be easy to find when I forget. Each of my two classes meets in a different room each day of the week and has a different sensei each time. (@_@) I have to wonder if normal Waseda classes are like this, too, or if we’re just getting the special treatment?
Oh, and I finally got an explanation from my host mom as to why so many girls in Tokyo wear leggings under their shorts and skirts/dresses in the summer. For sweat. No, not to make more, but to absorb it. I guess it started as a guys’ trend, but the girls picked it up. 面白い。