Bright Lights, Big City.

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For the sake of continuity, I felt compelled to include this picture from Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. It was a nice day even if it was a bit cold for our first visit to a big city.

Parks like these seem to be plentiful in the Land of the Rising Sun. Of course you have to pay to get in (this one was only $2 USD). But as you can see, it’s worth the price of admission.

With the general over population of the Japan as a country, combined with tourism being the main money-maker at most city centers (Shinjuku, included). I’m sure the head honchos make a killing.

Conversely, having to pay for admittance also keeps the homeless out.

I’m not making some big statement about helping the poor. I’m just pointing out the contrast of entering a public park in Japan while it’s own less fortunate citizens have taken residence outside of the park gates.

It certainly made me pause and appreciate all that I have been given.

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