Friday, 24 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
28th and 29th August marked the 54th Koenji Awa Odori.
Plus a little smaller festival on 27th, Friday night.
If you don't know about this festival, then you can see more from previous years in the links and whatnot on the right.
The festival is important for Koenji as it keeps places in business.
There's well over a million people, not including residents, such as myself, pass through the ticket gates to see it.
They spend a lot of money on beer and food, and it really is good for the local community.
Koenji is a place that needs this sort of business.
The last two years have pissed down for the whole weekend.
This year broke that trend, and Japan's summer unleashed a sweltering 35 degree heat.
Being from England, I'm not one that minds the rain, but not when Im carrying over 120,000yen (600 pounds in real money) of camera kit around.
When the sun set, the humidity hung around like a bad dose of herpes...not that I'd know about that.
Anyway, as is the norm with the Koenji Awa Odori, it made for a great weekend.
If you're in Tokyo during the last weekend of August, don't miss it.
Some more pics to follow in later posts...for now, I'll post just the two above.
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
When I was a kid, my friends older brother had an ongoing collection of American muscle cars.
Quite a rare sight in the streets of England at the time.
Moreso these days.
An even rarer sight in the congested streets of Tokyo.
The Hot Wheels shop in Koenji is not only home to a fine selection of toy cars, but also some real ones.
Not much finer than a Plymouth Barracuda standing shop front.
Needless to say, she's loud.
If she's not a Barracuda, then I stand corrected...but I'm sure she is.
Keep walking straight along the side of the train tracks.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
This bar, "Locohead", in Koenji notches up as my first pub that I've seen, or at least recall with a smashed window like this.
Not quite "put-through" and "boarded up" as properly demonstrated in England by the English on a Saturday night, but nevertheless, a good effort.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
So, all you want to do on a Saturday afternoon is stroll around town and do a bit of shopping.
It just so happens that your little stroll might be hampered by a bloke wearing a big-nosed mask and a girl who thinks she's a cat.
Both running amuck in the narrow street.
Oh, and don't forget the token chap tapping out a beat on his drum.
It would seem like just a regular Saturday afternoon in Koenji if it weren't for the fact that there actually was an excuse for this insanity...this time.
It was the annual Koenji Fes(festival) where street performers gather for the weekend.
This is from November 2009.