Things You'll See in Yoyogi Park

DAY 8: YOYOGI PARK

Just a typical scene of hanami. Note the man in the right who tried so hard to keep his shoes off the mat. Next time, buddy.

Just a typical scene of hanami. Note the man in the right who tried so hard to keep his shoes off the mat. Next time, buddy.

Well, we never found those businessmen at Ueno the day before, so we decided to go to Yoyogi Park. We never got to go last year, but we knew it was supposed to be a happening place where the rockabilly dance crew and Harajuku girls sport their latest weird fashion trends. I had suspicions this is some outdated news though, and to be honest, neither of those things was seen during our stroll in Yoyogi. I could go into detail about our day, or I could just make you a list of all the things we saw at Yoyogi...

Let's go with a list:

Click here to see a small bit of the performing

Click here to see a small bit of the performing

"Ma, let me down."

"Ma, let me down."

Because, of course.

Because, of course.


- Unusual pet animals, like meerkats & owls
- Tons of people wearing Iron Maiden shirts, possibly a fan club??
- Flare bartender practicing in the park
- Annoying drum circles
- Teenagers practicing their dance routines
- Teenagers putting makeup on each other in a visual kei style
- People playing badminton
- Lines to the bathroom that take 30 minutes to get through
- People crying and then washing their hair
- People in very high heels which is not conducive to walking in grassy areas
- People lifting each other up Superman style
- People practicing tai chi
- People passed out from too much drinking at hanami
- Food vendors
- Vintage & Antique market
- Multi-generational Ska band on stage with performer dressed as police officer (they were actually very good and called "Pipes of Piece")
- Performers
- People playing soccer
- People doing photoshoots (she was probably famous because this is Japan)
- A cat sitting on her person's shoulder trying to get down
- Tons of cute dogs
- Wedding couple taking photos at the park
- Lots of passed out babies
- Live sculptor creating art
- Bikes almost running people over constantly
- Many gaijin (there is a difference between foreign and being annoying foreign)
- Bubbles
- Meet up groups
- People playing Frisbee
- Singing of classic song "Sakura"
Cherry Blossoms

Here are the things you will not see:
- Anyone on a picnic mat with shoes on
- People on devices like iPads, Nintendo DS, smartphones