Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Calm Before the Park

We pass Minowa and Iriya Stations and then start to get a little lost just before we reach Ueno. We decide to let the cherry blossoms guide us, and guide us they do. They guide us down this picturesque sidestreet that runs between Highway 4 and the many parallel train tracks that enter Ueno Station from the north. These will be the last moments of quiet before we reach Tokyo's noisiest, most crowded, most popular and perhaps most over-rated cherry blossom viewing zone of all: Ueno Park. (You might recall that I made a point of visiting Ueno Park on my first Big Walk and was subsequently disappointed. We are, however, determined to give it a chance to redeem itself.)

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