The moment I stepped out of Shinjuku station, I got struck with homesickness. Seriously, I wanted to hop on the next train bound for Gifu. There’s just something about the Tokyo area that always makes me want to go back to the town where I live. Shinjuku is a place you won’t fall in love in the daylight. There’s trash everywhere. Of course, for some people this is a typical sight. But for someone who lives in rural Japan, it is rare to see piles of garbage in the street. It’s not the Japan that I know of. It just lacks the warmth of the people in the countryside. And I don’t like the feeling of being vigilant again. But I wanted to give Shinjuku a chance by choosing to stay here for a 3-day vacation. It had a negative impression on me considering that my only idea of Shinjuku back then was Jackie Chan’s bloody violent movie ‘Shinjuku Incident.’ Although I still don’t have a positive view of this place, it is fair to say that it has a beautiful nightscape.
Autumn is my fave because it makes the surrounding strikingly beautiful with the play of colors. This time around, I decided to travel to Tachikawa which is near Tokyo. I went to this park just to see the line of ginkgo trees. I was so surprised that it was somewhat deserted on a Saturday noon. I didn’t really stay long because it was so cold and drizzling. When I came back the next day, the place was jam-packed with people and their cute dogs. There were wedding and cosplay photo shoots, too. It was the weather after all. I guess I was lucky to have enjoyed the place with no crowd when I went the first time.