The very first pottering on the first day of the year!

 New year's holiday in Japan is quite special for all Japanese, but especially, living in big cities, including the capital Tokyo. People from rural areas rushe to their hometown to see their parents, children, relatives and so forth. Needless to say, almost all trains and airplanes were heavily booked in advance, and even if you could get tickets, hub stations would be packed with families carrying huge bags and suitcases on their hands. That's why I kept staying in Tokyo so to avoid this incredible crowd. So... how about Tokyo, after most people had already left for their hometown? Let's find out :)

 As I hit the road, I found a very rare scene on my eyes.  Busy noisy streets normally have heavy traffic jam have almost no car passing, at all. Well, it must be the best for riders like me? :)

 You might notice something in my bottle folder. Is it a special sport drink, or what? Nope!

 I've got a pack of soymilk with sweet bean oshiruko (お汁粉) flavors!! We usually have this liquid sweet during New Years Holiday (well, it's not soymilk version, of course), and I thought it might remind me of it, haha.

 Okay, I'm almost there :)

 Here we are, a massive business city Shinjuku (新宿), where was the fewest people walking around through the year. No surprising, I thought, since most people come the city for work, and few businesses were still operating during the holiday. I did some chores until the evening, and...

 Cycling back to my home :)


Take a long walk in Shiinjuku gyoen park, autumn 2016 :)

Taking a long walk at Shinjuku gyoen park (新宿御苑) is always fun, especially in autumn, when leaves turn into bright yellow and deep red, falling onto the ground like dancing in the wind. One day in the early December, I decided to go see them myself.

 To the big park, there are several gates to get into, while others are available only for special days. Passing across the most famous gate "Shinjuku-mon (新宿門)", where is the nearest gate from Shinjuku Station,  one of huge stations to a business district in Tokyo, I found many trees with gorgeous color all around. Ever since I moved to Tokyo, I've never missed to walk along trees in this park during this season. Watching small duo of bird flying over trees, sitting on a wooden bench to see children playing with balls while their mothers entertain themselves chatting under mid-morning sunlight. Everything seems so peaceful to me :)

Well, I'm sure I'll be back in the next autumn again :)


Autumn snow fall in Tokyo, November :)

 Definitely, autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan. Many fish and vegetables are in season, and day by day, I find something new, and it makes me feel as if I go into a new phase. So I tried to spend days outside as much as I could. Walking all he way down to a station while taking a glance at yellow leaves on trees, make a slow steps in a supermarket as if I was trying to inspect anything new or in season. Sometimes it took fairy an hour to explore in a tiny supermarket. That's when I am so content in my life :)

 And one day in the middle of autumn...

 I woke up and find snow fallen outside. Since we hardly see snow in November in Tokyo, it was indeed surprised me. (Well, it turned out we haven's seen snow in November in Tokyo more than a half century) All in all, everything was so quiet, almost no sound at all. No car, no bird, nothing. I decided to be in my home rather than outing such a freezing day, and I put my energy on cooking in the kitchen. (Luckily enough, I had a day off on that day.)

 As I continued to cook, I found snow gradually turned into rain, then finally stopped. The weather is getting better, and why not me? :) It's time to go out!

 The whole world seemed to painted white, and I really enjoyed listening to sounds from the new world: Birds singing again, children from school were playing with snowballs in a tiny park, trucks resumed their operation with their tires wrapped with snow chains. It was the moment when things returned where it was :)



Cycling, cycling, cycling!

 Thanks to its moderate sunny days in the past weeks, I've entertained myself cycling to my workplace almost everyday. Regardless of the season, it's always  a little piece of my pleasure being outside: feeling the shaky air in the winter, smelling strong sweet Teriyaki sauce while passing along a casual Japanese restaurant. And anytime I go out, there's something new to find. So, I'm sure I keep on riding as long as the calm weather continues :)