1964

A glimpse of 1964 Tokyo Olympic stadium with unusual landscape

sitting_yoyogi_national_gymnasium

五つのツツジはオリンピックの五輪を表しているのでしょうか。1964年に使った国立代々木競技場のランドスケープはちょっと不思議ですが、石垣の上はのんびりするのによさそうです。

Do you think the five azalea bushes represent the Olympic rings? It’s an odd landscape, but the wall seems like a popular place to hang out.

 

New year decorations

Above is a kadomatsu, or new year’s decoration that rests on the ground. These large ones are usually in front of businesses. This one is in front of one of my favorite Tokyo haunts: the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium constructed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and open to the public now in central Tokyo.

The materials are bamboo, pine, straw and red berries. I love the decorative rope flower and the splayed straw at the base. Below is the shimekazari hanging outside of our apartment door. Notice the folded paper and rice stalk. After the holiday, these plant-based new year’s symbols are  burned at shrines. So different than the un-ceremonial sidewalk dumping of US Christmas trees.

Happy new year! Best wishes for a bright new decade.