Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Sea Of People In Omotesando

Sept 20th was our 5th day in Japan and not only was it a Sunday, it was a long holiday for Japan. Hence, it was really packed with people all coming out to spend the day with friends and family. And that Sunday happen to be Eid too, and Muslims all over the world celebrated the end of Ramadhan (the fasting month).

We went to the Malaysian Embassy dressed in our traditional costume (me in my baju kurung and Zaini and Raimie wore their baju Melayu). Afterwards, we just went sight-seeing in the nearby area.

Me, in my traditional baju kurung in Omotesando. I did say that I'll be wearing one in Tokyo, didn't I? Raimie had his Baju Melayu on earlier, but we changed his shirt afterwards because of the hot weather. Nobody bat an eye at me wearing my baju kurung. Zaini opined that people must have thought that I'm Vietnamese, coming from the nearby Vietnamese Fair at Yoyogi-Park. There was a huge Vietnam fair there, and with a really good response from the Japanese crowd too.
Walking along Omotesando, we saw mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers. The one that caught my interest was the children carrying a small mikoshi. So cute.
And there was a taiko (drum) performance too.
And also a parade showcasing Japanese and Korean culture. Very interesting. It was a relief being under the shades for a while, watching the parade. It was really hot that day!
Sea of people. Despite the huge crowd, we weren't pushed or jostled at. Everybody walked patiently and in somewhat rather organised way. That being so, I wouldn't want to be caught with this many people again any time soon!

Lucky for us, our lifeline and main transport while in Tokyo, the Ginza Line wasn't that crowded so it was rather a relief taking the subway away from Omotesando afterwards.

18 comments:

  1. wow! it is a hot day indeed! Look at the sun shining down on everyone.

    Are there a lot of Muslims in Japan too?

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  2. Oh wheeeee! I am first here hahaha!

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  3. They had a celebration at the M'sian Embassy? How come it's hot in Sept? Thought that would be the start of autumn.

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  4. hah - i miss ginza sen.
    seeing the oh-so-familiar orange line (G 01 being Shibuya and G 19 Asakusa) brings back lots of memories...

    was the raya celebration in embassy good?

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  5. @ladyviral,
    Well, there are mosques around Japan, I'm not sure abt Japanese muslims but there are plenty of Muslims from all over the world residing, working or studying there, Malaysians included. :)

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  6. @Mei Teng,
    Yep, still hot in Tokyo that end of Sep. But in Tazawa, when we went to Nyuto Onsen, the weather was significantly colder there.

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  7. @A Z Haida,
    we arrived rather late, but there were still plenty of people around mingling at the Embassy while we were there.

    Seronok lak when on the way to the Embassy, (on foot, ya) we met and greeted fellow Malaysians with Selamat Hari Raya wishes which we wouldn't have said a word to at other times.

    But didn't manage to eat anything there, sebab tinggal kuah kacang aje. Huhuhu

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  8. Where? Where's the child carrying the mikoshi? Can't see it.

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  9. @foong,
    second photo lar.. not one child. about a dozen or more of them.

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  10. Ginza line is the 1st subway in tokyo & japan. Was built in 1927 & run between asakusa - ueno.

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  11. Hi Lina! People there are really organized and disciplined. I can imagine being pushed and all in other countries. Now I'm actually avoiding crown coz I fear my tummy will be bumped or squished! Those kids are so cute, participating at a very young age!

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  12. @Ayie,
    Hi Ayie!

    Organised people indeed. And they do seem to love their queues too. :D

    How your tummy like now and how's baby? All active and kicking about? :)

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  13. Oic! I thought one child carry! Haha

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  14. Baby's been so active, I will soon update you guys in journey blog and jif pj. Just so much things to do. Tummy's gotten bigger now but I can still see my feet =P

    happy weekend to you and your family!

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  15. the parade looks interesting. happy weekend.

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  16. @foong,
    Die lah only 1 child carry. Even the adults one took several ppl to carry. :)

    @Ayie,
    Can't wait for more updates abt you and baby! :) Have a great weekend too!

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  17. @Life Ramblings,
    It was. :)
    Have a great weekend too!

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