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August 7, 2016 Yoyogi Park, Takeshita-Dori, Togo shrine

August 20, 2016

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What better way to start off a toasty Sunday with a stroll through Yoyogi Park? Loved the shady expanses, water fountains, benches, rest rooms…
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…and the dog run.
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More Japan weird. These guys have been dressing like something out of Grease and dancing at the park entrance for years.  We waited a while for them to do their thing, but they were on a different schedule.
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Taping up some well-worn brogans.
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Our real reason to be here was to stroll down Takeshita-Dori, a magnet for the hip and cool youth.  If it looks crowded, it is. And it’s hot.
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A live video feed at the top of the street. We’re over to the right somewhere.
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Many were the consumer goods.

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And so onward to Omotesando…
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…where we came upon the Togo shrine, dedicated to Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who in 1905 destroyed the Russian Baltic Fleet in the Russo-Japanese War. He was the first Asian to conquer a western adversary, for which he is revered in Japan to this day.
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Couldn’t resist this.

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