June 2020 – Bra Politics

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This month I took the camera out around my neighborhood looking for any excuse to not be in my apartment. I found some scenes that will be of interest to my fellow bored shut-ins only.


About the Apartment

One of the most interesting scenes around my apartment is the garden near the entrance. This little area is totally hidden from the street and is only visible when you come into the building. I imagine that it was impressive in its heyday, but now it is only minimally maintained.

私のアパートの出入口の近くの庭は面白いシーンの一つです。 この小さい場所は道から完全に隠れていて、建物に出入りする時にだけ見られます。最盛期にはすごかったと思うけど、今は最小限に手入れされています。

Down the street is a very expensive-looking house with a well-maintained bonsai tree out front.

About Town

South of my apartment, near the Nakano train station, is the new Nakano Shiki no Mori Park. It is a popular place surrounded by restaurants, the campuses of several universities, and some corporate offices.

アパートの南側、中野駅の側に新しい中野区立中野四季の森公園があります。 人気があってレストランと大学のキャンパスと事務所に囲われた場所です。

To the east of the park, pigeons fly circles around their coups on top of one of the taller buildings, directed by two ladies with flags.


The train station north of my apartment is in a little town called “Numabukuro.” It has a cool building in the center of the main street. I also found a cool, little shrine.


Just south of Numabukuro is the Myoushouji river, then the entrance to Heiwanomori Park, a more traditional-looking park than its southern partner.


About Politics

Political season has begun in Tokyo. Japan has some interesting customs when it comes to running for office. First, trucks blaring loud campaign speeches are allowed to crawl the streets all day. The candidates will often set themselves up at train station entrances and assault the passengers with megaphones. To keep control of signage and posters, Nakano puts up numerous wooden boards, neatly marked with rectangles, where candidates can place their posters.


Like America, there are some wacky candidates. The guy in the bottom row of this grid uses the slogan “Corona is just a cold.” Early in the epidemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent everyone in the country a couple of comically small, gauze face masks. Candidate Kana Shindou used two of them as a bra in her political ads.