Tokyo Disneyland starts 30th anniversary year today.
Tokyo Disneyland starts 30th anniversary year today. It held a memorial ceremony this morning. According to a news, about 15000 people waited its entrance from early morning, and the first person in the line waited twelve hours. They waited for a long time to get good seats of the ceremony.
Tokyo Disneyland opened in April 1983. Every media sensationalized its open at the time. Tokyo Disneyland opened first only, and number of attractions was not so many. But many people visited every year, so attractions increased year by year. Many facilities opened in and out one after another. For example, a large shopping mall named Ikspiari, a monorail which goes around there, three Disney hotels, and more. And then, Tokyo DisneySea opened next to Disneyland.
Tokyo Disneyland spends one year to celebrate 30th anniversary, and it holds many special things. Parades, stage shows, meals, and souvenirs will come out continuously. Tokyo DisneySea also becomes 30th anniversary style for one year.
30th anniversary decorations are also at JR Maihama Station.
A tunnel beside the souvenir store “Bon Voyage”. Visitors go to Tokyo Disneyland through this tunnel from JR Maihama Station.
30th anniversary goods are also in “Bon Voyage”.
A decoration on a pedestrian overpass to Tokyo Disneyland. Visitors gradually get into high spirits.
The walkway leads from JR Maihama Station. The building in back is Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
Entrance gates of Tokyo Disneyland. Inside was very crowded.
Cherry blossoms season in 2013 has gone. Chidorigafuchi in central Tokyo.
Appearance of Chidorigafuchi that cherry blossoms fell already. It was quiet.
It was April 7 2013. Two weeks have passed since Japan Meteorological Agency declared full bloom of cherry blossoms in central Tokyo. And one week has passed since the best time to see cherry blossoms. Flower petals fell by a spring storm blew on last Saturday. Green leaves already came out on branches. Visitors were few and Chidorigafuchi calmed again. It felt a little lonely just like after a festival.
Embassy of India is at Chidorigafuchi. The embassy holds cherry blossoms festival every year. It is popular and full of many people. But the festival finished already on last week. The embassy was not opened. Also almost stores near here were closed because it became ordinary Sunday.
Tokyo Sky Tree illuminates special like cherry blossoms until April 10.
Now Tokyo Sky Tree illuminates itself special like cherry blossoms. Illuminations are two patterns. One is 舞 (Mai) and the other is 咲 (Saki). Mai is pink and Saki is white. Both show cherry blossoms. They change alternately in fifteen minutes. Storm blew in Japan all day. The observation decks closed all day. Yet several sightseeing bus tour groups came.
舞 (Mai) means a dance. The tower is pink overall.
咲 (Saki) means bloom. The tower is white and the observation deck is pink.
There is an illuminated imitation cherry tree at the bottom of the tower.
Many sightseeing bus tour group came though strong wind.
What happened to them after full bloom of cherry blossoms?
There are many breeds in cherry blossoms. But speaking of cherry blossoms, generally we mean one breed called Someiyoshino. The best time to see Someiyoshino is only one week in a year. You know it is very short time. We feel nobility to see them and are also very attracted to their brevity and ephemerality.
Japan Meteorological Agency declared full bloom of cherry blossoms in central Tokyo two weeks ago. And one week has passed from the best time to see cherry blossoms. Now what happened to cherry blossoms? Flower petals fell down and green leaves came out. They are not beautiful already.
Kiyomizu-kannondo temple and cherry trees in Ueno Park.
This photo is in the best time. Compare with below. Many people visit to see full cherry blossoms.
Visitors decreased compared to peak because flowers fell down.
This photo is in the best time. Compare with below. Cherry blossoms are very beautiful in sunlight.
Tall cherry trees are along the street in Ueno Park. They will produce many flowers in next year again.
Japanese lanterns of cherry blossoms festival at Ueno Park. They light up at night.
Green leaves came out on branches.
Green leaves are heavier than flowers already.
By the way, why Japanese love cherry blossoms so much? Several reasons are. We have endure cold in winter. Cherry blossoms bring us warm spring after winter. Cherry blossoms are symbols of warm spring for us.
And then, you should know a unique rule in Japan to understand why Japanese people love cherry blossoms so much. Japanese schools and the financial year start in April. For example, students graduate their schools on the end of March, and start new life in the beginning of April. Someone enters more higher school or university, and someone starts working in society. There are many farewells and encounters at this time. These events just overlap cherry blossoms season. And then, we remember them as sweet memories at any age for all time. Such memories in our childhood directly linked to cherry blossoms.
New financial year start in April, so many things change and start all together in April in Japan. Many companies change their organizations and transfer employees to different sections. Someone move up a position, and someone starts working at new place. We feel our new life start in April. Cherry blossoms are symbols of bright new life for us.
Kabukiza theater reopened in three years on April 2 2013.
Kabukiza theater reopened today in three years. Kabukiza had closed about three years to rebuild for decrepit. Many Kabuki fans came despite the rain. They had been waiting for this day very much.
A red hanging display written as “本日初日” shows that today is the first day.
Shochiku also built a 29 story building called Kabukiza Tower with rebuilding new Kabukiza theater.
A liquor maker gave Kabukiza Japanese sake to celebrate reopen.
This counter was displaying countdown of days until today.
New Kabukiza connects to Higashi Ginza Station directly in the basement.
There are some souvenir stores and lunch stores in the basement. People can rest on benches.
A large Japanese lantern with Kabukiza written on it.