After yaki-gyōza 焼き餃子 (pan-fried dumplings) for lunch in the station, the afternoon was spent wandering the streets and shops of Akihabara Electric Town 秋葉原電気街. The district is now mostly known as a cultural centre for otaku おたく, those obsessively interested in anime アニメ, manga 漫画 or other hobbies and subjects, and less for its post-World War II association with electronics and appliance stores, but there are still plenty such shops that endure.
Above the many lines of Ueno Station 上野駅, a perfect stretch to build up speed in Mirror's Edge.
A brief check of the sights opposite and then back on the Yamanote Line 山手線 and two stops clockwise to Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅.
Contemplating sakura 桜 by the lotus segment of Shinobazu Pond 不忍池. I could have spent hours more exploring, the park being so vast, but it was reaching midday and time to move on.
Earlier in the main stream before taking in the slower banks of Shinobazu Pond 不忍池.
Like an inversion of lightning through clouds, branches dark against radiant petals.
For hanami 花見, it's common to lay down a tarpaulin to reserve a place for viewing and picnicking, with some people camping in advance to secure the best spots for themselves or businesses.
Even with the crowds the atmosphere of the park was always relaxed. Maybe this is something that can only exist in Japan, and maybe saying as much is cliché, but it's hard to imagine anywhere else.
Nearby, the recently restored Ueno Tōshō-gū 上野東照宮, shining at the end of an army of lanterns.