Of course it's with a fairly strong telescoping lens... Nevertheless, it was very satisfying to see that elusive mountain from my own window!
I decided to go stroll in Yoyogi park and re-visit the Meiji shrine. I could see them too from my Shinjuku window [Harajuku is only 2 train stations away]. I don't think I have ever seen Harajuku uncrowded, and this was no exception. But the crowds were sparser in the park. However, as I got closer to the shrine, I realized there were a lot of dressed up families, with little girls in fancy kimonos. There were a very few boys in hakama and haori. I think it is harder to get the boys to dress up that way! Fond grandparents were snapping pictures all over. Obviously they were celebrating "Shichi-go-san" [7-5-3] day, a traditional celebration for children of that age. By the time I actually got to the shrine, there were also several wedding processions.
Detail of a gate, Meiji shrine
An inner courtyard
A wedding group
I am always interested by flowers, so I went to look at the chrysanthemum displays, which you always see near shrines in the autumn.
And this spectacular "Fuji" mum:
There were several bonsai as well. It must take infinite patience to grow them!
More surprising were a number of carts loaded with vegetables. I suppose they were there because of some Shinto harvest celebration:
I wonder if the priests at the shrine get to make soups and salads out of those luscious looking veggies?
That evening, when I went out for dinner, I took the time to admire the Christmas lights display around the Southern Terrace of Shinjuku, right outside my hotel..
A blue/violet light actually keeps going down those tubes, giving the impression of falling stars.
Unfortunately I flew back home the next day...