Video: Lovely day on the Tama river


On one of the first sunny days of spring here in Tokyo I enjoyed a walk by the Tama river, starting out near the absolutely lovely Futako-Tamagawa area. This area, which is west of Shibuya, is consistently voted by Tokyoites as one of the best places to live. It's clean, very green and everyone is so pretty here. Plus, the river's right there, making for a very relaxing environment. In the summer this area is a hot bed for picnics and cookouts. This time of year it's just people relaxing and enjoying the weather.

I walked from Futako-Tamagawa to almost Tachikawa along the river on this day, which is a distance so far that most people don't believe me when I tell them I did this. It was about 20 miles round trip, and it took an entire day to do (see the rough map in the gallery).  Of course, a stopped for a couple of konbini picnics. I really tried to convey the peacefulness of the walk in the video that you'll find below the jump. I hope it gets through. Please watch it in HD!

I saw so many great things on that walk, although most didn't make it into the video. I found a lone tuba player practicing on the riverside. He was great. I also found a lot where they store cars that are used in Tokyo's movie industry, and on it were old, new and strange vehicles. A motorcycle training course was fun to watch as the sun set. My favorite scene was a loving pet owner carrying her corgi up the side of the river bed as it was too steep and rocky for his short legs.

This was easily one of my most enjoyable days ever in Japan, despite what my feet would say if they could talk.

Here's the HD link.

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