Pink Trousers bring joy
These are my favourite photos I’ve shared with you so far. Not because of their quality, not even because of the Swan Pedalos, but because I remember sitting on this fence and realising that I was supposed to be posing for photos – but I’d got distracted. I’d got distracted by my own happiness. How often does that happen to you?
We were coming into the last few days of our trip and beginning to wind down, the stress of trying to fit everything in had eased and we were just enjoying being in Tokyo. I could’ve stayed wandering round that park forever (until I found a giant bug on my arm).
Maybe it was the pink trousers that were making me so happy that day, maybe it was the swan boats. I couldn’t tell you on reflection. But I can tell you that I would never eat matcha ice cream again for a chance to be sat on that fence looking out at all the children, families and couples having fun on the boating lake.
After our pedalo ride (yes you do pay more for a swan – yes I did pay more!) we wandered round the parameter of the lake watching everyone playing Pokemon Go. We bought beer from the little kiosk because it is totally acceptable to drink beer in a park in the middle of the day in Tokyo. We then struggled to find a bin because somehow Japan has no bins anywhere for public use, and still no litter on the streets. We then sat down on a bench and listened to a man read children a story.
What I wore
We left the park and had lunch before visiting the Pokemon Centre, and that evening missed our last train home because we stayed up in a bar in Shinjuku that seated only six people. We were talking to the barman, and various australians that kept coming in, and anyone else who wanted to chat for about six hours whilst drinking Sake, and Plum wine, and trying all the Japanese Liquors the barman could think of.
We ended up walking through Harajuku at 4am because we decided a 40 minute walk before getting in a taxi would be a good idea. It was. Tokyo is incredible at night. The taxi driver wore white gloves, and the cab had white lace seat covers. It felt decadent.
It was the most fun day, and I had completely forgotten the rest of the world existed.
And these photos will forever serve as a reminder of the day I forgot about everything else. The day I existed truly happily without a care in the world for a whole 24 hours. I wish everyone could do it. I really do!