On Saturday, we went to Mosburger, a sort of copy-cat McDonalds (before McDonalds was in Japan – now there’s plenty of both, as well as Freshness Burger, Natural Burger, and a few other burger chains), but with some more-Japanese-style options. Mosburger actually had a pretty good vegetarian option: a kinpura rice burger (kinpura salad on rice patties) – much better tasting than it sounds. And I’ve learned I really like kinpura.
After Mosburger, we wandered around a part of Kichijoji we hadn’t yet explored. We were in search of taiyaki for Don, and though we didn’t find any, we did find a good grocery store – mostly Japanese, but their off brand is UK-based Tesco, oddly enough. Here my love affair with chocolate chip melon bread began – and I think I’ve had some every day since. I plan to continue this streak as long as I can.
Friday was also a national holiday: Fall Day – a national holiday celebrating the autumn equinox. Our local park, Inokashira, had activities on Saturday and was filled to the brim with people – I’ve not seen it this crowded before or since (to be fair, we’ve only been here about a week. And I am most frequently in the park in the early-ish mornings, running. So maybe not a high-traffic time). We saw several street performers, artists working in the park (and selling their goods), and more people than I thought even lived in Kichijoji out enjoying the beautiful post-typhoon weekend.
Not knowing the festival would be going on, Don and I had wandered to the park thinking this might be a good sunny afternoon to rent a swan boat. All the boats – swan, paddle & row – were rented and the lake was crammed with them.
The park houses both a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, and both were teeming with people this day.
(You’ll see more photos of all of this as the blog goes on – I love this park and one day will have my camera on a sunny day!)