Tokyo’s parks are amazing. We spent the day at Ueno Park in the middle of the city. They have a zoo, museums, temples and a large pond. It was spectacular because we came here when the leaves were starting to turn yellow, orange and red. We were really lucky to see this.
At the temple in Japan there is a special handwashing station where you have to wash your hands and mouth. First you pick up the dipper and pour water over your right hand and then your left. They you take the dipper and pour water in your hand and take a sip and spit it out on the ground. This will purify your spirt before you enter the temple. If you want to learn more details about how to visit a temple look at this website: http://sacredjapan.com/etiquette.htm
I like to visit temples because its a world of calm in the middle of the hustle bustle in the city. I like to ring the big bells and purify my spirit. It seems where ever I travel I like to visit these special religious places. People act seriously in the temples and are respectful of the building and very quiet. I feel peaceful when I visit.
When I thought about visiting Japan, I expect it to be old fashioned with samurai, ninjas and funny old buildings. But Tokyo is not like that at all! Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. It is one of my favorites too! I like Tokyo because it is a very safe place. It is clean! There is no smoking or eating or trash or talking on the city streets. In the subway cars everything is quiet. No one talks at all. People just sit quietly waiting for their stops. Daddy told me that people are very crowded in Japan that they have learned to take up little space with their physical and mental activities. They are respectful of the group. Most people wear black and white and gray clothes. Emma and I look like very colorful specs in the mass here when we walk out in our orange, green, pink, and aqua clothes. This is good because Mama can always spot us. I think I have learned to be quiet around other people and pay attention to small details of things.