Yesterday was a perfect sunny spring day, and it couldn’t have been better weather for jubilant gayness at Tokyo Rainbow Pride. NB and I met up with my high school friend Mai and made our way to Yoyogi Park. With this event coinciding with the long Golden Week holidays, we expected a bit of a crowd to have to fight through. We stepped off of the train at Harajuku Station and were swept along by a sea of people making their way through one of the busiest cities in Tokyo.
The event itself was held right by the NHK stage in the park, and the plethora of rainbow flags and signs made it easy to find. Having lived in the U.S. for so long, I had only seen rare glimpses of life as a queer native Japanese in Tokyo. So when I found out that we would be here for Tokyo’s pride parade, I was ecstatic. In the past, the organizers of this annual event had struggled with participation and interest from the LGBT community, so we were shocked by the number of people who showed up. Wow, Japan, when did you get so gay?
N and I are leaving our home of 10+ years tomorrow to travel to our home base in Tokyo before we start our RTW travels. I’ve been feeling a conflicted jumble of emotions during my last week here with the people we love. It’s been great, guys. Thanks.
Antiquing is surprisingly fun and it’s pretty awesome in Maine since there aren’t a bunch of New Yorkers picking through everything. We spent the day antiquing since it was rainy and overcast and I prefer not to hike in the rain. We found some awesome Pyrex and Fire-King dishware. They just don’t make stuff like this anymore. Now I feel old.
Recommended antique stores:
Big Chicken Barn
1768 Bucksport Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
107 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Country Store Antiques
410 Bar Harbor Road
Trenton, ME 04605
We are lucky enough to live 2 blocks from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and I am lucky enough to work from home whenever I feel like it. On those days that I’m “working” from home and not on back-to-back conference calls, I take some time to wander over to the BBG. It’s a great place to walk around without having to watch where I’m stepping to avoid dog poo. People in NYC, especially Brooklyn, seem to think that their puppy poo gets up and walks itself to the trash can after they leave it sitting in the middle of the sidewalk. I digress. That’s another post for another day. Anyway, back to the garden.
Storm King Art Center is a must see in the New York area. It’s about 1 hour north of NYC by car and a perfect day-trip for anyone who enjoys art and wants to get away from the city. They have bike rentals which is a great way to get around this massive art center and you can also bring your own food have a nice picnic while admiring the awesome artwork. Storm King is only open from the beginning of April until the end of November because of the weather but it would be pretty cool to see it in the winter with a fresh coat of snow. We went in the summer and it was stinking hot but still worth it. They have trams that pick up lazy people like us.